Museum of the Upper Missouri

20th Street
Fort Benton, MT 59442


“Tales of the Upper Missouri”

Explore the history and legends of the Upper Missouri River and its head of navigation, Fort Benton, Montana.

During the steamboat era, Fort Benton evolved from a fur trade post, to a wild lawless river port full of “scamps and scoundrels” and finally into a sophisticated city of merchant princes, bankers, successful businessmen and cattlemen.

Displays guide you through the eras of exploration, the time of fur posts and military posts, and into the “golden age” of Fort Benton.

Wagons rolled in all directions from the Fort Benton levee, carrying people and supplies to the northwestern U.S. and western Canada.

The Whoop-Up Trail, Mullan Road and other important routes are featured in major displays.

Additional displays focus upon historical characters, places, and events along the Upper Missouri and in Fort Benton.

Images provided by, Ticketmaster
Please use "Flag This Place" to alert us about content that is inappropriate or needs immediate attention. Nothing you submit will be shared with other site visitors.

Upcoming AARP Events

View All AARP Events »

Find information about getting a COVID-19 vaccine in your state. CDC information is available at; additional AARP information and resources are at En español, visite

AARP Member Card

Join or Renew Today


  • Immediate access to your member benefits
  • Discounts on travel and everyday savings
  • Subscription to the award-winning AARP The Magazine
  • An ally on the issues that matter most to you in Fort Benton
  • Free membership for your spouse or partner