Helena group gets update on new Montana Heritage Center project

Phil Drake

Completion of the Montana Heritage Center will now likely be in the spring of 2025 instead of 2024, due to construction material delays, state officials said Thursday.

Bruce Whittenberg, former director of the Montana Historical Society, told members of Hometown Helena, a grassroots group, that he had just toured the $81 million center now under construction.

Bruce Whittenberg

“It’s really going to be something,” he said. “It will be a wonderful addition to the state of Montana.”

Officials had said earlier they expected the new facility to open in 2024 or early 2025.

Eve Byron, public information officer with the Montana Historical Society, said spring 2025 is the new projected opening date. She added she has heard that Sletten Construction Co. is ahead of schedule. But she added that flexibility was needed when it comes to construction.

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