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Carbon County Historical Society and Museum

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Address: 224 N Broadway Ave, Red Lodge, MT 59068-9132
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+1 406-446-3667
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Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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Located in Red Lodge's historic Labor Temple Building, the Carbon County...

Located in Red Lodge's historic Labor Temple Building, the Carbon County Historical Society and Museum is the county's central source for historic, genealogical, and archival information about Carbon County, Montana. The museum was first established in 1959 by Alice Greenough to house the collection of her world-renowned rodeo family. The Carbon County Historical Society was formed in 1974, and incorporated as a 501(c)3 nonprofit in 1975. In 1990, the three-story Labor Temple building was gifted to the Carbon County Historical Society by an anonymous donor. In 1909 the Labor Temple was completed in Red Lodge on the corner of 8th and Billings Ave (now Broadway). This four-story, 20,000 sq. ft. Labor Temple Building was constructed by the Red Lodge Miners Local No. 1771 for $36,000, using a quarter of a million bricks from the Fromberg brick yard. It once served more than 1,000 union miners in Carbon County. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. The historical society received money through grants, and private donations to restore the main floor and basement. In June 1999, the Labor Temple once again opened its doors to the community as the county's museum. The historical society is in the process of raising funds to restore and renovate the top two floors, with a completion date goal of 2017.

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Staff very informative about local history. Nice exhibits, well displayed. We spent an enjoyable couple of hours learning more about Red Lodge.

Reviewed 29 September 2016
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Orlando, Florida
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Orlando, Florida
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Reviewed 29 September 2016

Staff very informative about local history. Nice exhibits, well displayed. We spent an enjoyable couple of hours learning more about Red Lodge.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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Reviewed 26 September 2016

In the basement, you'll find a replica hard rock mine & exhibits about coal mining. Friendly & knowledgeable staff. I found the exhibits on the first floor somewhat confusing, There was no theme to tie the exhibits together. Nice gift shop.

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Sioux City, Iowa
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Reviewed 26 August 2016

This isn't a very big place but it has a nice bit of local history and replica coal mine. The staff was very helpful and friendly. I especially enjoyed learning about 'Liver eating" Johnson.

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Marysville, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 23 August 2016

This Museum is loaded with lots of local history. Has a replica of a coal mine. Also carries many books for sale about the area.

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Reviewed 17 August 2016

These folks were very happy to help with my genealogy needs. We didn't find much, not do to the staff not working at it, but my family were lowly hard working nose to the grindstone farmers.

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Reviewed 18 July 2016 via mobile

Every corner had pieces of truly fascinating history but I also have to say, any museum that includes a Catalo is awesome! Lol! The basement is a must see. Very well done. This museum has plenty to interest kids and adults alike and the price to get in was perfect. I also appreciated the balance of histories told of noteworthy... More 

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Grafton, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 6 July 2016

We dropped in on the Carbon Count Museum and we're really glad we did! It has a great collection of uniquely Montana artifacts. The owners added a lot of color as well. Definitely worth a visit.

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Red Lodge, Montana
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Reviewed 14 September 2015

Everything from the exhibits to the building itself brings out the history of Red Lodge. I was most impressed with the absolutely top-notch mining exhibit in the basement. The staff is knowledgeable, and if they don't know the answer, they know how to find it!

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San Clemente, California, United States
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Reviewed 24 July 2015 via mobile

Visit the Coal Mine Display first! Built by Dave and Robin Rivers. Debbie Brown, ED, has done a fabulous job ! Don't miss this great museum in Red Lodge, Montana!

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Reviewed 11 April 2015

The small storefront belies the large and fascinating exhibit hidden inside, where you can learn about Liver Eatin' Johnson (on whom the movie Jeremiah Johnson was based), the rodeo-riding Greenough family, the building of the Beartooth Scenic Highway, the multiethnic heritage and other aspects of Red Lodge's short but intriguing past. Because the town is on former Crow Indian land... More 

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