Unseen Missoula Tours starting in June, Every Thursday & Saturday!

Last fall, the Missoula Historical Preservation Commission promoted an event called the “Unseen Missoula” tour. This tour featured three historic buildings in Downtown Missoula and drew more than one thousand community members eager to learn about Missoula’s history. The Historic Preservation Commission received multiple calls requesting historic tours and keeping our historic and cultural legacies alive!

Enter UNSEEN MISSOULA! The Downtown Missoula Heritage Program (Unseen Missoula), a partnership of the Missoula Downtown Association, City of Missoula’s Historic Preservation Office, and Historical Research Associates, will be offering historical guided walking tours every Thursday and Saturday to the public starting in June 2018.  Unseen Missoula Tours will promote the heritage and uniqueness of downtown Missoula and work to engage Missoulians, visitors, civic groups, downtown businesses, and property owners in fostering cultural identity and promoting heritage tourism. Regularly scheduled hour-long tours built around specific themes will be offered to the public starting summer 2018 and will include historical/cultural content such as architecture, underground, natural history, unseen, and native history.


  • Adult (18-64) – $10
  • Senior (65+) – $7
  • Youth (Under 18) – $7
  • Military (With ID) – $7


Basements & Back Alleys

Thursdays @ 5:30pm and Saturdays @ 11:30am

Climb up, down, into and around parts unseen in Downtown Missoula. The tour will explore an assortment of nooks and crannies unseen – basements, tunnels, the secret Bluebird Theater, an historic bomb shelter and barber shop, all located in the gems of Missoula. Tour stops include, but are not limited to, the Hammond Arcade, the Florence, the Montana Building, the Bluebird Building, the Elks Lodge, as well as the Unseen Missoula Museum filled with artifacts, maps, photos and documents from the Missoula Mercantile and more. The tour lasts two hours and is not ADA accessible. These less-accessible spaces remain hidden the majority of the year, so catch them while you can…

River Walk

Thursdays @ 5:30pm and Saturdays @ 11:30am

Floods, Rails and Trails.   The history of a river flowing through Missoula.

The Clark Fork River has been a barrier, a sewer, a transportation corridor and a cornerstone of Missoula recreation.  On this walking tour you will learn about its history including the people, the opportunities and the oddities that made it what it is today.  The tour, which begins at Currents in McCormick Park, will take a little over an hour and will cover a mile on flat, level surfaces.  Comfortable shoes should be worn, as well as weather appropriate clothing including hats.

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Unseen Missoula // September 2017



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