Unseen Missoula Historic Downtown Guided Walking Tours!

UNSEEN MISSOULA – Our exciting and new tour program! The Downtown Missoula Heritage Program (Unseen Missoula), a partnership of the Missoula Downtown Association, Historical Museum of Fort Missoula, City of Missoula’s Historic Preservation Office, and Historical Research Associates, began offering historical guided walking tours every Thursday and Saturday to the public in June 2018.

The Unseen Missoula Program is currently comprised of two tours: Basements & Back Alleys Tour and Secrets of the Clark Fork River Tour. These two tours promote the heritage and uniqueness of downtown Missoula and works to engage Missoulians, visitors, civic groups, downtown businesses, and property owners in fostering cultural identity and promoting heritage tourism.

Tickets go on sale Wednesday, March 20 at 10 am!






Unseen Missoula FAQ’s

  1. How many tours are there?
    • Luckily, we have TWO TOURS! One is focused on historic buildings (Basements & Back Alleys) while the other tour is centered around the history of the wonderful Clark Fork River. There has been some confusion about the two tours, so please make sure that you are signing up for the specific tour that you would like.
  2. Can I reserve a spot on the Unseen Missoula tours?
    • Absolutely! We ask that you reserve your spot in advance – online or by phone – by the end of the previous day. Go to missouladowntown.com/tours/unseen-missoula to reserve a spot online or call (406) 543-4238 to make a reservation.
  3. The Basements & Back Alley tours are all sold out! Will there be more tours offered later in the summer?
    • YES! We will be announcing new tour dates in August for the fall. This is a program that we are hoping will continue year-round.
  4. Where do we meet?
    • Both tours meet a few minutes before the tour start time (5:30 pm on Thursdays & 11:30 am on Saturdays) at the base of the Higgins Bridge Staircase, by the bulletin board. There will be a large sandwich sign indicating where to meet.
  5. Can I get something to eat or drink before, on, or after the tour?
  6. Where do I park?
  7. How many tickets can I buy?
    • You can buy as many as you’d like, depending on availability. Our capacity for these tours are 10-12, 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.
  8. 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.
  9. What if my kid is under 2 – do they have to pay?
    • Kiddos under 2 years of age get to come along for free!
  10. I can’t find the date on my confirmation email! What happened?
    • Apologies! Since this is a brand new program we have been working through kinks like this. We will be switching over to a more user-friendly ticketing process very soon, but for the time being your confirmation emails will not have your specific tour date on them. If you do not remember your date, please email [email protected] and we will find your reservation for you. Also, feel free to call the MDA office at (406) 543-4238 for additional information.
  11. What are the prices?
    • An Adult ticket is $10 and Senior, Student and Military is $7.
  12. How long are the tours?
    • The tours are approximately 90 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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