Unseen Missoula Historic Downtown Guided Walking Tours!

Unseen Missoula is a partnership of the Missoula Downtown Association, Historical Museum of Fort Missoula, City of Missoula’s Historic Preservation Office, and Historical Research Associates. This program began offering historical guided walking tours to the public in June 2018.

The Unseen Missoula Program is currently comprised of two main tours: Basements & Back Alleys & Hotels & Hooligans. These tours promote the heritage and uniqueness of downtown Missoula and they work to engage Missoulians, visitors, civic groups, downtown businesses, and property owners in fostering cultural identity and promoting heritage tourism.

*Tour research and writing was provided in part by the work of graduate and undergraduate students in Public History course at the University of Montana offered by the Department of History and the Davidson Honors College.*

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Unseen Missoula FAQ’s

  1. How many tours are there?
    • Currently, we have THREE TOURS! One is focused on historic buildings south of Broadway (Basements & Back Alleys), another is focused on historic buildings north of Broadway (Hotels & Hooligans) while the other tour is centered around the seeing the history of Missoula on a bicycle (Pedal Through the Past).
  2. Can I reserve a spot on the Unseen Missoula tours?
  3. Where do we meet?
    • The Basement & Back Alleys and the Pedal Through the Past tours will meet a few minutes before the tour start time in Caras Park near the Carousel.
    • The Hotels & Hooligans tour meets a few minutes before the tour begins at the statue of Captain John Mullan by the XXXXs.
  4. Can I get something to eat or drink before, on, or after the tour?
  5. Where do I park?
  6. How many tickets can I buy?
    • You can buy as many as you’d like, depending on availability. Our capacity for these tours are 12-14 (depending on the tour), so if you have a group larger than 10 we can get scheduled for a private tour. Please contact (406) 543-4238 to schedule a private tour.
    • *Due to COVID-19 Restrictions, our tour sizes are now being capped at 8 people per person.*
  7. What if I need to cancel? Can I get a refund?
    • We understand that things come up! We will refund the purchaser up to 24 hours before the tour. If there is an extreme circumstance, please call our offices at (406) 543-4238
    • *Due to COVID-19 Precautions, we are now offering refunds up until the tour time and date. We hope all attendees reach out if there are any symptoms showing in any of the attendees.
  8. What if my kid is under 2 – do they have to pay?
    • Kiddos under 2 years of age get to come along for free!
    • This does not apply to the Pedal Through the Past tour.
  9. What are the prices?
    • Ticket prices are $10 for all individuals.
  10. How long are the tours?
    • The tours are approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes long and cover about a mile and a half on foot.

Unseen Missoula Guidelines

  • Silence cell phones
  • No pets
  • Tell guide if you need to leave the tour
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes
  • Stay with the guide
  • Have the best time ever!

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Unseen Missoula // September 2017

In September 2017, during Missoula in Motion’s Walk & Roll Week, the Missoula Historic Preservation Commission hosted a one-time tour called the “Unseen Missoula” tour which featured three of Missoula’s historic locations – the Underground Steam Tunnels, a Cold War Era bomb shelter, and The Bluebird Theater. The Historic Preservation Commission expected a turn-out of approximately 75 participants however over one thousand Missoulians came out to take this tour. See what started it all below!


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