It's free, completely free to enjoy for all. From Dec. 2 to Jan. 2, the Montana Historical Society is opening its doors to anyone who either wants to learn more about Montana's rich history or simply spend an afternoon with their immediate family.
Molly Kruckenberg, Director of the Montana Historical Society, said they waived admission fees for the one-month span because they realized that while people may not be able to connect with their extended family for the holidays, they can connect with their immediate family all while learning about Montana's history.
"We really want to invite people to come into the museum, check out our exhibits, spend some time with their family -- where they can, they're close, close family -- and explore their history, their heritage, and their stories," said Kruckenberg. "Maybe reconnect with their past, at a time when they maybe can't reconnect with their family members."
Though the admission for entrance has been waived, Kruckenberg says donations are graciously accepted and that anything anyone can spare is always appreciated.
"We are always accepting donations. We appreciate all of the support that we get from our members, our donors, our visitors, for everything that we do here," said Kruckenberg. "We don't expect a donation, but of course, they would be welcome."
If you're planning on taking a trip to the museum, it may look a bit disheveled as construction for the Montana Heritage Center is in progress, but Kruckenberg says don't let that discourage you from taking a stroll through the exhibits.
"Don't let the construction scare you away. There's still plenty of parking, you can still get to the building and come in and visit us easily. We are starting some of the, we call it, site preparation work for the Montana Heritage Center. So, some utility work and some groundwork and some parking improvements and things like that," said Kruckenberg. "That will be going on over the next couple of months."
Currently, Montana's Museum at the Montana Historical Society has many exhibits on display, but Kruckenberg's favorite is the one that vistor's can see the moment they set foot into the building.
"I would have to say at the moment, it's the portraits exhibit because it brings -- each person that's depicted in these portraits, tells a little bit about Montana history," said Kruckenberg. " I think that's what tells all of our story together. Each individual in Montana makes up all of our history and we have that kind of shared culture, shared heritage, shared stories that make up who we are as a people."
The Museum is open to the public Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.