House Museums

A historic house museum is exactly what its title says – a house that has been turned into a museum. They often contain the inhabitants’ belongings displayed in a way that reflects their original placement and usage in the home. The narrative of who lived in the home tells the story of a particular area, social class, or historical period. Learning about inhabitants of house museums provides a more personalized and unique experience than one found in a regular museum.

Located in the heart of Big Sky country, Butte, Montana was one of the first boomtowns in the American West. One of its key features, the Copper King Mansion, was built by the prominent copper mining businessman William Andrews Clark. Today, the mansion serves as a Bed and Breakfast as well as a house museum.
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Located just minutes away from Northern Arizona University, Riordan Mansion State Historic Park is tucked away behind towering Ponderosa Pine trees. As the home of two lumber barons, the mansion provides insight into the history of Flagstaff and the people who built the town.
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The history of the Wild West would not be complete without its stereotypical cowboy and Indian characters. The Kit Carson Home & Museum gives homage to the historical figure of Kit Carson as well as the history of the Wild West in the United States.
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Located in Laramie, Wyoming, the Ivinson Mansion was aptly renamed to the Laramie Plains Museum. Used as a home by the Ivinson family, a school for girls, and now as a museum, the mansion gives insight into many facets of life of frontier living in early U.S. history.
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