Judith Basin County Museum
3rd Street North
(Next to the Courthouse)
Stanford, Montana 59479
Open: The museum is open Memorial Day thru Labor Day. Open Wed. - Sunday 10:00 a.m. - Noon and 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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!