Play in Butte Montana
Rich in history, outdoor recreation, and world-class spirits, the historic urban city contrasts with the spectacular outdoor opportunities creating adventures waiting to be had. Stop by the Butte Visitor Information Center, hop on a trolley tour, take a trip to the top of the Continental Divide to enjoy the view and inspirational story of Our Lady of the Rockies, or delve 100 feet underground and experience the thrill of underground mining at the World Museum of Mining. Our lively and family-friendly community will remain in your heart long after your adventure is complete.
Below you will find information regarding our famed attractions based in Butte. With nearly thirty options to choose from, the possibilities are endless!
The Berkeley Pit
From 1955 until 1982, the Berkeley Pit produced enough copper to pave a four-lane highway, four inches thick, from Butte to Salt Lake City, Utah and 30 miles beyond. When mining operations ceased in 1982, the underground pumps were shut off, and the Berkeley Pit began filling with acidic water, heavy metals and unique microscopic lifeforms. The Pit with its water and colorful landscape can be seen via a visitor viewing stand. Today, open pit mining continues behind the Berkeley Pit in the Continental Pit operated by Montana Resources which employs 350 people year-round. The Viewing Stand and Gift Shop are open May – October and by special appointment (weather permitting).
The Butte Chamber of Commerce
The Chamber is Butte’s outlet to everything for the visitor. Come in to get all the best information for your visit and view: interpretive mining displays, native animal mounts, gift shop and the George F. Grant hand tied fishing flies, known for their highly detailed, hackle weaved style, a style rarely duplicated for its intricacy and complexity. The Chamber is open Monday-Friday year-round, Memorial Day through Labor Day, 7 days a week.
Butte-Silver Bow Courthouse
Built in 1911, the rotunda walls are adorned with golden mosaic murals of personified muses; Justice, Geography, History, Philosophy and murals of Presidents Lincoln, McKinley, Washington, and Wilson. Large pillars of Montana-quarried Travertine draw the eye upward toward the mosaics and stained-glass dome. The impressive 1,500-pound, 28’ in diameter, stained glass dome atop the rotunda was renovated in 2015. The Courthouse is open year-round.
Butte Trolley Tour
Take an hour and a half tour of Butte’s best history with Butte’s best historians. Tours are scheduled Memorial Day weekend through September and year-round by appointment. Reservations are strongly suggested.
Butte-Silver Bow Public Archives
Learn more about Butte’s mining, labor, lifestyle and family histories. The Archives occupies a historic fire hall built in 1900 and features an inviting reading room, friendly staff, exhibits, collections, photographs, public programming, small firefighter’s museum, and rotating displays. A knowledgeable staff is available to assist with research on Butte’s rich history. Services are available Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
The Clark Chateau
The Clark Chateau was constructed in 1898-1899 for Charles and Katherine Clark, oldest son of Copper King W.A. Clark. Today it is home to the Butte Symphony, Montana’s oldest symphony orchestra, and The Root & The Bloom Collective, a nonprofit humanities organization. The Clark Chateau features diverse public programming for all ages, exhibits, classes, and is available for events and engaging tours. The Chateau staff is dedicated to interpreting Butte’s fascinating history though the exploration of the humanities and invites visitors to share the experience.
Copper King Mansion
The Mansion is a 34-room residence, built in Romanesque Revival Victorian architecture from 1884 to 1888 as residence for W.A. Clark. The home features fresco painted ceilings, elegant parquets of rare imported wood, gas and electric chandeliers, ornate hand-carved fireplaces, stairways, and stained-glass windows. The mansion was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970. The home is operated as a year-round bed and breakfast. Guided tours are available during the summer tourist season and by appointment during the winter months.
Golden Ticket Cinema Butte
Early in 2020 Golden Ticket Cinema became Butte’s newest theatre operator. With plans to upgrade the current location and offering a loyalty program, this company offers the magic of film to communities throughout the United States.
Granite Mountain Memorial
This memorial shares the events of June 8, 1917 when 168 miners lost their lives in the largest hard rock mining disaster of all time. The site also offers the visitor an unforgettable panoramic view of the 10,000-foot Highland Mountains, the Continental Divide and the remnants of a once booming mining industry. Open year-round.
Lexington Stamp Mill Gardens
Located at the corner of Arizona and Granite Streets in Uptown Butte, this landmark abounds with an array of colorful flowers during the summer, while celebrating one of the city’s oldest industrial sites. In 1867, Charles Hendrie started construction of a stamp mill for crushing ore and capturing gold and silver. The mill worked the production of the famous Lexington Silver Mine further up the hill in Walkerville before being sold and moved to Pony, Montana, where the last stamp dropped on ore took place in the mid-1950’s. Local history enthusiasts brought the mill back to Butte making it the focus of a community garden in the late 1990’s. Open year-round.
The outdoor enthusiast’s headquarters for shuttle service to the Continental Divide Trail and other stunning terrain. Bike rentals, route and full adventure planning are available for groups and individuals looking to explore the greater Butte and surrounding southwest Montana area.
Mai Wah Museum
Established for educational, charitable, and scientific purposes, including research and public education about the history, culture, and conditions of Asian people in the Rocky Mountain West. The Society, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, collects and preserves artifacts, preserves historic buildings and sites, presents public exhibits, and supports research and publication of materials of scholarly and general interest. Tours are available summer months, and by appointment in the off season.
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Montana Tech Mineral Museum
View educational displays and spectacular minerals from Montana and around the world. Prize specimens in the Montana collection include the Rheanna’s Star, an incredible smoky quartz cluster and the 27.5 oz. Highland Centennial gold nugget, both found in the Butte area. Additional exhibits include a fluorescent mineral display, and an earthquake hazards display including a live seismograph. The museum and gift shop are open for Summer Hours: 9 to 5, seven days a week- June 15 to September 15. Winter Hours: 9 to 4 weekdays. Closed on holidays.
Mother Lode Theatre
Built in 1923 by the Masons for the organization’s ceremonial services, the building was later transformed into a movie house and eventually leased to 20th Century Fox. In the 1990’s the Mason’s donated the theatre to the local government where a group of citizens formed the non-profit corporation, The Butte Center for the Performing Arts, who took over the renovation of the facility. Today the Mother Lode Theatre is the elegant venue for The Butte Symphony, Community Concert Series, Mother Lode Series and a variety of community events, and a plethora of culturally rich shows.
National Historic District
One of the largest historic landmark districts in the country, Butte offers a legacy of architectural treasures that are contemporaries of the best Victorian architecture in America’s great cities. The Uptown is filled with well-preserved examples of early 20th century architecture. Take a walk and read the history of Butte’s buildings on the National Historic Landmark plaques. A map of the district is available at the Butte Archives and the Butte Chamber of Commerce.
Old Butte Historical Adventures
A series of guided walking tours highlight details of Butte’s colorful history from the 1890’s through the 1950’s. Three different tours are offered year-round by reservation. Come see Butte from the inside-out.
Our Lady of the Rockies Tour
The ninety-foot statue, Our Lady of the Rockies, sits serenely atop the East Ridge keeping vigil on the community of Butte. A half-day tour on a winding mountain road presents the visitor with a spectacular view and an inspiring story. The Lady was built and is maintained by volunteers and donations. The story of Our Lady is one of love, dedication, and faith. Tours run daily from May thru October, weather permitting. The gift shop in the Butte Plaza Mall is open year-round with the opportunity to watch the movie on the story of Our Lady.
Piccadilly Museum of Transportation & Advertising Art
View hundreds of unique transportation-related advertising items from the 20th Century from around the USA and countries abroad. Included in the display are signs, posters, gas pumps, old cars, railroading and Henry’s Garage. Open Memorial Day to Labor Day, Monday-Saturday 10a.m.–4p.m. and the Offseason by appointment.
Ridge Waters Community Pool
The Science Mine
Science enthusiasts of all ages can come and explore the interactive exhibits on display. Explore a hands-on science and discovery learning center where interactive displays and science concepts are showcased. Open on Saturdays year-round and by appointment.
Silver Bow Drive In
Offering an affordable night out under the stars is the old-fashioned experience of watching a movie from the comfort of your vehicle. The concession stand is open with delectable fresh popcorn, candy and beverages. The Silver Bow Drive In opens in the spring of each year, closing in September.
Serbian Orthodox Church
Adorning the walls and ceilings are hand-painted frescoes depicting Scripture in color as they visually convey the word of God. Separating the altar from the nave is the hand-carved Iconostasis Screen, built in Belgrade, Serbia. Tours are available by appointment.
Spirit of the Columbia Gardens Carousel
Spooks and Spirits Haunted Tours
Enjoy an interactive two-hour tour of Butte’s historically verified hauntings found under the Big Sky. Small to large groups can participate in this interesting history of the Mining City’s haunted. By appointment.
World Museum of Mining
Explore more than 50 structures, ranging from the 100-foot headframe of the Orphan Girl Mine to the re-creation of a mining camp Hell Roarin’ Gulch. Half of the museum’s displays focus on the culture and ethnic history of an 1880’s to 1920’s mining town, while the other half provides a detailed look at the history of mining technology. Built on an actual historic mine site, the museum offers a unique underground mining tour. Open April- September, weather permitting.