FORT BENTON – It’s no wonder what many refer to as the birthplace of Montana is home to multiple well-known museums.
One of them tells the stories of the settlers who traveled west, following their dreams of a better life. The Agricultural Museum is part of the Museums and Heritage Complex in Fort Benton.
Museum displays show how homesteaders worked to better their parcel of land and struggled to survive Montana’s harsh elements.
Many times, homesteaders were forced to survive in the most primitive of conditions, alone and often without enough water.
The museum showcases the evolution of agriculture, from the early homesteads to well into the mid-1900.
The Museum of the Northern Great Plains — which houses the Agricultural Museum — is open Monday through Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Sundays from 12 p.m. until 4 p.m.
The staff recommends planning at least four hours to fully soak up the entire Northern Great Plains Museum, Hornady Smithsonian Gallery, and Homestead Village.
-Jason Laird reporting for MTN News