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In Butte, we’re proud of our history, arts and cultural life. In fact, much of Butte’s Uptown is on the National Historic Landmark Register. Here are a few stops that will give you a taste of Butte’s halcyon era.

WORLD MUSEUM OF MINING
Don’t let the name fool you. This museum
isn’t only about mining; it’s also about the politics, pride and individuality that shaped the West. A visit here will give you a sense of the colorful range of people who settled Montana.
406-723-7211

 

 

DUMAS BROTHEL
At one time, there were 2,400 ladies of the evening working in Butte. The Dumas was the longest-operating establishment of its kind in America. There were even tunnels where men could visit while “maintaining their reputations.” www.thedumasbrothel.com

MINERAL MUSEUM
Rock hounds of all ages will marvel at the rare crystal and rock formations displayed here. This is one of the finest collections
in the world, with many of the pieces pulled from beneath Butte itself.
406-496-4414

COPPER KING MANSION
The mansion was built for Copper King William A. Clark. Privately owned now, much of its magnificence remains in the architecture, interior woodwork, light fixtures, furniture and furnishings. Tours available year ‘round.
406-782-7580

PICCADILLY MUSEUM OF TRANSPORTATION
This museum houses a fascinating array of exhibits about transportation. From antique cars to gas pumps to road signs and advertising, this is Road Americana at its finest.
406-723-3034

ARTS CHATEAU
A French-inspired “castle” built for the son of a copper king, the Arts Chateau houses collections and hosts traveling art exhibits sponsored by the Butte-Silver Bow Arts Foundation. Wandering through the Chateau up to the ballroom gives the visitor a taste of the high life.
406-723-7600
www.artschateau.org

MOTHER BOTTEGO HOUSE
Honors Celestine Healy Bottego, founder of the Xaverian Missionaries of Mary, who has been nominated for beatification. She lived in Butte , 1895- 1910. Her childhood home was moved and now is being restored to become a museum and retreat.
406-723-1275
www.motherbottegohouse.org

BUTTE-SILVER BOW PUBLIC ARCHIVES
Although located in an old fire station on Quartz Street , the Archives is not a museum. It is a wonderful research facility for scholars, genealogists, history buffs and people looking up family members. Entrance is in the alley between Quartz & Copper streets.
406-497-6226
buttearchives@in-tch.com