The Gallatin Historical Society, founded in 1977, moved into two rooms in the county jail building in 1979. Built in 1911, the jail was already considered an historic structure. When prisoners were moved to new quarters in January 1982 the county commissioners granted the Society use of the entire building for the Pioneer Museum. Since 1982 the Pioneer Museum has offered a variety of changing exhibits portraying earlier days in the Gallatin Valley.
The Museum of the Rockies believes in challenging visitors to understand how objects that carry messages from their past can change the way they see the present and the future. One of the finest paleontology collections in North America is found under the Museum's roof, along with strong core collections in western history, textiles, Native American artifacts and photography. The Museum's permanent exhibitions, which tell the story of development in the Northern Rockies over the past four billion years, are augmented by changing exhibits representing various facets of cultural and natural history. Indoor exhibitions are complemented by a fully operational, on-site 19th century farm that helps preserve the state's agricultural traditions.
Established where Lewis and Clark discovered the Jefferson, Madison, and Gallatin rivers joining to form the Missouri River, Missouri Headwaters was a geographical focal point important to early Native Americans, trappers, traders, and settlers. Interpretive displays tell of the area's cultural and natural history.
Like skiing on fluffy down, the snow that accumulates at Bridger Bowl Ski Area is the stuff of legends. Sporting an astonishing 1,500 acres of ski terrain, this full-service ski area provides ample space for on-mountain fun. Running the range from beginner to super-advanced, Bridger suits any level of skier.
Effervescent bliss bubbles up from the Bozeman Hot Springs. This all-inclusive hot spring, spa, and health club is perfect for just about anyone looking for relaxation. Temperatures in their nine pools range from a brisk 59 degrees Fahrenheit to a muscle-soothing 104 degrees. The comforts of these natural hot springs are renowned, with soakers having visited them since the 1800s.
Hard-fighting, wily trout stalk the numerous streams, lakes, and reservoirs that pepper the Bozeman area. Sign up for a guided float trip down a river. Those who cast a line with a professional guide on the oars find themselves fishing more river than they ever thought possible. When on a guided excursion, there's no need to guess at where the fish are hitting; most guides are very forthcoming with sure-fire spots.
Friends don't let friends be bored. Hang out at Old Chicago for some really good food, a few beers and a great time. Lunch or dinner, Old Chicago has something for everyone. And the pizza. They're talkin' the real Chicago style kind with made-from-scratch-dough. Thin crust or deep dish. Or if it's pasta, a calzone, salad, burger or sandwich you crave, go for it. Every choice is a winner. Thirsty? Choose from 110 beers from around the world. And for the serious hops-and-barley fans there's their famous World Beer Tour. Try every last one of their tasty brews and earn prizes, privilege and the admiration of friends.
The Bistro serves creative, perfect lunches and at dinner their specialties are fresh seafood, pasta, wild game, beef and vegetarian main courses with a must-try list of appetizers. A well-stocked wine cellar makes the Bistro a regional destination for fine wine. The Bistro is also Bozeman's favorite dessert destination. All desserts are prepared fresh daily in the Bistro bakery by their staff. Visual and flavor appeal is a priority at every meal. The professional staff at John Bozeman's Bistro personifies local hospitality.
Mackenzie River Pizza Company offers gourmet pizza in a casual Montana atmosphere. Whether joining them for lunch or dinner, pick up or delivery, diners always get the same fresh, hot, gourmet pizza served with a great attitude by their friendly staff. Sandwiches, salads and pasta are also available. They are passionate about exceeding expectations each time a customer walks through their doors.
Do not expect the ordinary at Cateye Cafe. What can be expected is a one of a kind local eatery that serves entirely homemade fixings. Dining at the Cateye is a memorable experience complete with toy drawers at every table, numerous books, eclectic art, lots of country music, great home fries, real biscuits and gravy and chocolate cake too. Enjoy the great food, nostalgic decor and some lively banter with the sassy wait staff and bookstores.