Often called the “richest hill on earth,” Butte produced fabulous fortunes for nearly 120 years on copper, silver and gold mining and became home to some of the world’s wealthiest men. Butte was a booming city in the early days, attracting thousands of immigrants and other workers from around the world. Today, the town has a more diversified economy and retains a unique character. Its residents have immense pride in their heritage and are proud to call Butte “home.”
The Butte Trolley, air conditioned, heated and enclosed, tours Butte’s historic sites in the summer months. 406-723-3177, 800-735-6814.
World Museum of Mining/Hell Roarin’ Gulch
Twelve acres of outdoor and indoor displays built at a 100-year old silver and zinc mine. Popular for families. 406-723-7211. Click for details
Granite Mountain Mine Memorial
Dedicated to the 168 men who died in a hardrock mine disaster in 1917, this memorial offers the visitor a stunning panoramic view of Butte. Open all year. 406-723-3177, 800-735-6814. Click for details
The Mai Wah Society
In the heart of Butte’s old Chinatown, this historic building houses displays and artifacts relating the story of the Chinese immigrants. 406-723-3231. Click for details
View what was once the largest truck operated open pit copper mine in the nation: 7,000 feet long, 5,600 feet wide and 1,800 feet deep. 406-723-3177, 800-735-6814. Click for details
Not just for the rockhound, this fascinating collection holds 1,500 specimens. Open all year on the Montana Tech campus. 406-496-4414. Click for details
Copper King Mansion
Designated a National Historic Place in 1971, the mansion is a monument to the wealthy lifestyle of the last century. Exquisite architectural detail and 32 rooms of antiques. Guided tours. 406-782-7580. Click for details
Piccadilly Museum of Transportation
Features items from oil and gas companies, subway memorabilia from the U.S. and Europe, license plates, a 1920s service station replica and commercial advertising art. 406-723-3034.
Old Butte Historical Adventures
Explore 1930s underground Speakeasy, 1955 Barber Shop under an eight story building and more. 406-498-3424. Click for details
Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Murals
In Whitehall, more than a dozen billboard-size murals depicting scenes of the Lewis and Clark Expedition through the Jefferson Valley. 406-723-3177.
Jefferson Valley Museum
Also in Whitehall, artifacts and memorabilia depicting the history and heritage of the Jefferson Valley Area. 406-287-7813. Click for details
Butte Silver Bow Arts Foundation
Enjoy Butte’s local traditions, heritage and art by exploring the Art Chateau Museum, area art exhibitions and partake in cultural art education. 406-491-4476.
Our Lady of the Rockies
Bus tour for a close-up look at the 90-foot statue overlooking Butte from 8,015 feet. This statue is dedicated to all women, especially mothers. Excellent views. 406-782-1221, 800-800-LADY. Click for details
Motherlode & Orphan Girl Theaters
Historic state-of-the-art theaters with live productions throughout the year. 406-723-3602. Click for details
The Covellite Theatre/Buttenik Ensemble
Summer theatre with live performances. 406-782-4092.
Charles W. Clark Mansion
Features changing art exhibits, marvelous collections and elegant architecture. The building is a turn of the century mansion on the National Historic Register. 406-723-7600.
Uptown Butte Farmers’ Market
Every Saturday starting June 1 through September 30; the market is held on Main Street between Park and Broadway from 9am to 1pm. 406-497-6464.
Sheepshead Mountain Recreation Area & Maney Lake
Fifteen miles north of Butte. Includes five miles of paved trails and handicapped accessible fishing dock. 406-494-2147. Click for details
Butte-Silver Bow Trails System
From three to five miles, gravel and paved walking trails. Open all year. 406-723-3177, 800-735-6814.
Lewis & Clark Caverns State Park
Off I-90 east of Cardwell, offers year-round cabin rental, camping and picnicking. Daily guided tours May-September in the lighted caves. Candlelight tours available in December. 406-287-3541. Click for details
All Terrain Vehicle Recreation
The Butte area has dedicated trails for ATV activity. 406-287-3223, 406-533-7600.
Recreation/Continental Divide Trail
Butte is one of the closest cities to the 3,100 mile trail network that stretches from Canada to Mexico. Well-marked area trails provide 75 miles of recreation for bikers, hikers and horsemen. 406-494-2147.
Other Butte Area Communities
A mining community home to several historic buildings and radon mines used for their health benefits. Basin is a haven to musicians and artists. Montana Artists Refuge, a multi-disciplinary artists residency program is located in Basin, open year-round. 406-225-3500. View Basin information and listings
In the Jefferson River Valley, Whitehall is a good base for fishing and hunting, has a nice city park and a historical museum. Be sure to check out the Lewis and Clark murals. View Whitehall information and listings