Judith Basin County Museum - Stanford

The Judith Basin County Museum which was opened in 1967, is located on the south side of the County Court House. The museum depicts the rich history of the county which saw the transition from open range cattle ranching to sheep-herding and the coming of the homesteaders. There were also the colorful cowboys of the Judith Basin Pool, which included Charlie Russell, the cowboy artist. The museum also depicts the stagecoach era and something of the train era.

Through historical pictures, the clothing of early homesteaders, much of which was handmade, history books and many other interesting artifacts, Judith Basin County will come alive to visitors; they may well find some unexpected items as well. Among other things in our collection we have just over 2,000 sets of salt and pepper shakers and a collection of 5,000 buttons; there is also an Indian artifacts display. The visitor will find a good deal of information and a number of pictures detailing the saga of the White Wolf which is now housed in the Basin Trading Post.

Charles M. Russell, the well-known Western artist, made his home in the county and accurately chronicled much of the early history of the west including many places in his own county. There is a display of prints of some of his paintings.

Visitors who have been to the museum have often commented on how interesting the museum is. There is no charge, just a free will donation. We have some gifts and post cards for sale at our display counter. Come visit us when in our area!

Mailing Address
Not Available

Street Address
93 3rd Street South
Stanford,  MT 59479

Phone: 406-566-2277 ext 130

The Judith Basin County Museum is located in the town of Stanford, Montana, just off Highway 87. There are two entrances to Stanford, but both lead to the main street through town and to the museum. We are located next to the court house. There are signs along the highway for the museum.

Memorial Day - Labor Day

Wednesday - Sunday: 10:00am - 5:00pm

Not Available

Reservations Not Accepted, Walk-Ins Welcome

Air Conditioning, Books, Public Restroom

History, Museum