The former Yellowstone Art Center opened in 1964 in a building that once house the historic Yellowstone County Jail. In the earliest years there were three staff and an operating budget of around $70,000. In 1995 The Center received the Governor's Award for Service to the Arts, leading to recognition of its statewide importance and the successful completion of a $6.2 million expansion campaign. The new, state-of-the-art Yellowstone Art Museum was unveiled in 1998.
The mission of the Yellowstone County Museum is to collect, preserve, research, interpret and promote the history and diverse culture of the Yellowstone River Basin. They share this legacy through a full range of museum, archival and educational programs and services in order to increase public awareness and appreciation of their heritage and to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of everyone. The collection of the Yellowstone County Museum contains over 23,000 artifacts displayed in 5,000 square feet of exhibit space. It consists of artifacts specific to the region and includes items from prehistory through the Fur Trade Era and Post Reservation Period, as well as an expansive photograph collection with artifacts from both World Wars and the Korean and Vietnam Conflicts. An expansive collection of Plains Artifacts includes war bonnets, moccasins, clothing, dolls and trade items.
Unlike most zoos, this 70-acre park has created spacious natural habitats for its animals, which include rare Siberian tigers, bald eagles, grizzlies, wolves, and more. Perfect for a family outing, Zoo Montana also features children's activities and picnic areas.
For 5,000 years, prehistoric hunters - and later American Indians - left haunting images inside rock shelters just outside Billings. Chilling to say the least, the caves have captivated visitors since the discovery of prehistoric artifacts in 1937.
Pompeys Pillar is a rock outcropping that rises 200 feet above the Yellowstone River 20 miles east of Billings. Pompeys Pillar is like a sandstone history book that reads like a who's who of western frontier history. Look on the rock face for the remains of animal drawings created by people who used the area for rendezvous, campsites and hunting. In 1806 Captain William Clark carved his signature and the date in this rock. It is the only site on the trail where visible evidence of the Lewis and Clark Expedition may be viewed by the public.
Custer once looked upon thousands of Lakota, Cheyenne, and Arapahoe warriors at this legendary battleground. Memorials and headstones of the fallen from both sides evoke a palpable sense of progress and cultural tolerance.
Montana has a long, rich history of brewing and hospitality. The breweries and saloons of yesterday were often the only buildings large enough to play host to town meetings, dances, festivals, wedding and even church services. Per capita few states had more breweries and saloons than Montana in the late 1800s. Today, Montana is going through brewing revitalization. There are now more than twenty breweries in the state. Montana Brewing Company is proud to be part of the states' brewing tradition. In 1994 they combined the concepts of a small brewery, saloon and a restaurant to bring you a new and unique dining experience. Their diverse and "beer-friendly" menu offers great beer and food combinations for the most discriminating palette.
Walkers is a well-established local favorite and a destination for travelers, theater goers and museum patrons alike. Menu selections offer freshness and simplicity while the professional wait-staff contribute friendly service in a casual, city-dining setting. Walkers opened its doors at the Old Chamber building in February of 1993 and has been collecting critical acclaim ever since. It has been a recipient of the Award of Excellence by Wine Spectator for several years as well as receiving write-ups in the Wall Street Journals, Billings Gazette, Frommer's Guide and Montana Magazine. Walkers American Grill has received regional and national recognition for serving such noted guests and Mel Gibson, Lou Gosset Jr, Jon Voight, Garrison Keillor, Joan Baez, Poet Alan Ginsberg and, most notably, President Bill Clinton.
Comfort food is the name of the game at Stella's. From Monster Cakes for breakfast to burgers, wraps and home made soups for lunch, Stella's satisfies both the palate and the pocket book. Meal prices start at just a few dollars. And maybe her best-known specialties are the baked goods that are fresh and tempting every morning. You'll find cookies like Mom used to make, sour cream coffee cake and giant cinnamon and caramel rolls-it just doesn't get any better than this.
Rimrock Mall is Montana's largest shopping destination with over 85 specialty shops and five anchor stores (Dillard's Women's and Children's, Dillard's Men's and Home, JC Penney, Herberger's and Scheel's All Sports). Rimrock Mall boasts the state's largest collection of national and local retailers including Aeropostale, Coldwater Creek, Talbots, Chico's, Gap, Bath and Body Works and many more. The mall also includes a 10-screen state of the art movie theater and a great sit-down restaurant.