Our Museums

Stout iron bars slammed shut and locked for the first time on July 2, 1871. On that day, Montana’s Territorial Prison in Deer Lodge incarcerated its first occupant.
Guards no longer occupy the turrets set in each corner of the The Wall. The thud of heavy footsteps marching along the topmost barbed-wire- enclosed walkway is no longer heard. Emptied of prisoners in the late 1970s, the buildings stand now as silent sentinels to justice, a museum complex dedicated to law enforcement. Now open to the public year round, this museum presents a chilling, bleak glimpse at life behind bars. A Self Guided tour booklet distributed by the museum visitor’s center interprets each building and how it was used. Guideposts state the facts in a few brief sentences.

"Along the Yellowstone Trail"