The Gallatin Historical Society was formed in 1977 with a stated mission to preserve,  promote, and foster the history of Gallatin County and Southwest Montana.

Before the Gallatin County Jail was moved to South Sixteenth Avenue in 1982, the society proposed to the Gallatin County Commissioners that the old jail, built in 1911, be converted to a museum.  When the commissioners agreed to the proposal, a long-term lease was signed by both parties and the Pioneer Museum was born.

The Jail Building is on the National Register of Historic Places.  It was designed and constructed by architect Fred Fielding Willson, a Bozeman native who practiced architecture here from 1909 to 1956.

Photo of Gary Cooper on the lawn of the Gallatin County High School with the Gallatin County Jail on the left in the background and the former Gallatin County Courthouse on the right.  Main Street Bozeman Montana



Those that don’t know history will repeat it.
— Edmund Burke