‘A daunting task’: Montana Historical Society packs up to make way for new museum

Eve Byron jokingly compares it to moving your house — on steroids.

For nearly a year, Montana Historical Society staff has been packing away what will eventually be nearly 60,000 artifacts to prepare for the 66,000-square-foot expansion of the current facility.

Dan Karalus, Montana Historical Society research center library manager, packs up items from the research center on Tuesday at the museum.

THOM BRIDGE, Independent Record

Boxes, full and empty, are scattered throughout the current building, which will be renovated. Cabinets and other items are marked as to whether they will stay on-site or be temporarily moved.

The $81 million Montana Heritage Center at 225 Roberts St., expected to open in late 2024 or early 2025, will have expanded galleries so visitors can see more of the art and artifacts held in trust by the Montana Historical Society. It also will include meeting rooms for up to 300 people and a public café.

Byron, the public information officer for the Montana Historical Society, said Tuesday the items will be moved off-site, where they will remain for nearly two years.


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