Historic Old Fort Benton

Experience the fur and buffalo robe trade at Historic Old Fort Benton. Here the Blackfeet and other tribes traded buffalo robes and other furs for trade goods such as beads, gun, blanket, knives, cookware and cloth.

Explore the trade store complete with buffalo robes, beads, trinkets, blankets and other period trade goods, the warehouse with its fur trade era collections, the blacksmith-carpenters shop and the interior of the original blockhouse, the oldest standing building in Montana. The Bourgeois or Chief Traders House is home to the Starr Gallery featuring Karl Bodmer’s “Travels Into the Interior of North America” aquatint collection, and Robert Scriver’s “No More Buffalo” collection.

Contact Information

River and Plains Society
Reservations and Information:

P.O.Box 262 Fort Benton, MT 59442 US

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Other Information

  • Hours Open

    Monday through Saturday 10:30 am to 4:30 pm. Sunday 12:00 Noon to 4:00 pm.
  • Seasons Open

    Memorial Day weekend through the end of September
  • Prices and Fees

    Adults $15.00. Good for all museums for two days.
  • Accessibility

    ADA accessible, except for second floor of Bourgeois House.