Rocky Mountain Museum of Military History - Fort Missoula, MT
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N 46° 50.633 W 114° 03.882
11T E 723800 N 5191999
Quick Description: There are actually three museums at Fort Missoula, and this one, which one would fully expect to find at a former fort, is the military museum.
Location: Montana, United States
Date Posted: 12/15/2014 1:38:29 AM
Waymark Code: WMN2TT
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team
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Long Description:
The Rocky Mountain Museum of Military History promotes the commemoration and study of the U.S. armed services, from the Frontier Period to the War on Terrorism. The Museum strives to impart a greater understanding of the roles played by America's service men and service-women through this period of dramatic global change.
—The late M.Y. "Bo" Foster. Brigadier General, U.S. Army (Ret.), former President

I wish I could say we were able to tour this museum, but it was only open on Sundays when we passed through town in mid April, a little too early in the season. It looks like it is a reasonably sized museum, housed in two buildings, Buildings T-310 and T-316 of the fort. T-310 and T-316 were built by the Fourth Infantry Regiment and the Civilian Conservation Corps circa 1936, in the depths of the Great Depression

Out front is a tracked field gun on display and within the buildings is a wide collection of documents and artefacts, ranging from Civil War artillery to Vietnam-Era anti-tank missiles.


How the Museum Began

By M.Y. 'Bo' Foster — President
Like any worthwhile project, the RMMMH did not just spring to life overnight. It evolved from a modest start and was developed into a viable project as a result of the vision and energy of dedicated individuals.

One of the original movers was Tom Wilkins. As a member of the Chamber of Commerce, he realized that the accumulation of military collections was a valuable asset to the community and should be preserved. He approached several of us with like interests with the idea of forming an organization with the purpose of developing a museum to display and interpret these significant items for the public.

Another pioneer in this effort is Warren Wilcox, whose primary interest was to prevent Hayes Otoupalik's extensive collection from relocating to some other state. Warren's valuable contributions to insure that the museum would materialize included a generous financial gift.

From these ideas and these dollars a nucleus was formed which attracted other individuals with similar interests. Out of this a museum was born.

Home of the Montana C. C. C., "The Tree Army"

The U.S. Fourth Infantry Regiment and the Civilian Conservation Corps constructed the Museum buildings (ca. 1936) during the Great Depression. Headquartered in Buildings T-310 and T-316 by special arrangement with the Montana National Guard, the Museum exhibits from a wide collection of documents and artifacts, ranging from Civil War artillery to Vietnam-Era anti-tank missiles.
From The Museum

Opening hours: June 1 to Labor Day Open 12-5 p.m. Seven Days Per Week

Open all year: Except for some holidays

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