One of the first places I frequented regularly when I moved to Missoula was the park area at Fort Missoula. Our kids love the playgrounds - especially the zip lines, and I joined leagues that used the soccer fields. Although my wife and kids have visited the museum and other areas of Fort Missoula, I never have. And it looks like any future visit will have to wait until September at the earliest.

Because of the increase we're seeing in COVID-19 cases, the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula has decided to close through the end of August. The closure takes effect Wednesday morning and affects the Historical Museum but not the grounds at Fort Missoula.

The following was posted on the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula Facebook page:

Dear Friends, Members, and Community,

We are sad to announce that due to the spike in COVID-19 throughout our community & with guidance from Missoula Count Health Department, the Museum has made the difficult decision to temporarily close the Main Museum building through August. Effective July 8th, the Historical Museum Main Building will be closed to the public.

The closure does not impact the grounds, which are open 24/7 and a wonderful place to burn off some energy while connecting with your community's past.

The outdoor exhibits and historic buildings will be opened daily.

Historic Park Hours:
• Monday – Saturday: 10am – 4pm
• Sunday: 12pm – 4pm

Per the Missoula City-County Health Department guidelines, we will not allow any gatherings on Museum property of more than 50 people. All visitors and guests who have an appointment to visit the museum or to drop off book donations will be required to wear masks.

Contact Matt Lautzenheiser, Director, for any questions, concerns, or to schedule a book donation. Ph# 406-258-3471 or mlautzenheiser@missoulacounty.us.

Thank you for your understanding during this challenging time for our country. Stay well, friends.