All too often, folks in our community think there isn't anything special about Great Falls.

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Great Falls Montana Tourism

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Frankly, that couldn't be further from the truth.

Thousands of visitors come to Great Falls every year to explore what our city has to offer.

If that isn't a testament, I don't know what is. 

Governor's Conference on Tourism and Recreation

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The Governor's Conference on Tourism and Recreation celebrates tourism and the industry's achievements in the Treasure State each year.

The goal is to recognize outstanding contributions to the state's tourism sector and awards honor winners across seven categories. 

The categories are Tourism Destination of the Year, Heritage and Cultural Tourism, Tribal Tourism, Marketing Campaign of the Year, Tourism Ambassador of the Year, Film Community of the Year, and Excellence in Film and Culture. 

"This conference is a great platform for Montana's top tourism professionals, nonprofit organizations, community leaders, and others to share information and ideas to help grow one of our state's largest industries," said Paul Green, Director of the Montana Department of Commerce. "On behalf of all of us at the Montana Department of Commerce, congratulations to our Tourism Award winners for their excellence in sharing what makes our state so inspiring to visitors year after year."

Great Falls Museum Honored

The Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center in Great Falls was this year's winner of the Tourism Destination of the Year Award.

This award recognizes outstanding achievements in advancing tourism through marketing, product development, destination events, activities, and compelling experiences in the tourism industry.

According to the Montana Chamber of Commerce, the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center welcomes approximately 50,000 visitors annually and consistently ranks on Trip Advisor as the number one place to visit in Great Falls. 

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Museums in Great Falls

Gallery Credit: Great Falls Montana Tourism

Montana's Museum Of The Rockies Is For Everyone! Check It Out

Museum of the Rockies is nestled right next to Bobcat Stadium in Bozeman. The Museum is part of the American Alliance of Museums, which means that the Museum of the Rockies is one of the 1,095 museums to hold this distinction. With over 33,000 museums nationwide, this is quite an accomplishment. 

The Museum of the Rockies is also part of the Montana Dinosaur Trail. What is that? It is a trail that runs through the state of Montana and has 14 locations. Each location will get you just a little closer to the history and knowledge of Dinosaurs.  

Museum of the Rockies has current and rotating exhibits. Currently, (December 2021) here are some of my favorites that are on display: Siebel Dinosaur Complex, Welcome to Yellowstone Country, which digs into the history of Montana, Enduring Peoples Exhibit, highlighting the American Indians of Montana, and the Paugh Exhibit, illuminating the stories that connect us with the Northern Colorado Rockies. You can see all the exhibits here to make planning your trip easier.

Museum of the Rockies is an independent 501 Non-Profit here in Bozeman. With that being said, they hold some of the most exquisite benefits throughout the year. This gives the museum the opportunity to continue to be a highlight for the city of Bozeman. Another way to continue the success of the Museum of the Rockies is to become a member.

If you are considering donating to the Museum of the Rockies, you can check it out here and decide which program works best for you. Help Bozeman keep this amazing learning tool open and available to everyone. Enjoy your time at the Museum of the Rockies.

Gallery Credit: Megan Shaul

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