Unseen Missoula Historic Downtown Guided Walking Tours!

Unseen Missoula, a program of Heritage Missoula from the Downtown Missoula Partnership, offers education-based, guided walking tours to showcase Missoula’s unique history. The program aims to connect Missoulians and guests to our community, foster cultural identity, and promote heritage experiences for all.

Thousands of people have enjoyed the guided tours and connected to the program through social media since its inception. The season begins in April and continues through October. Experience Missoula’s heritage through these unique and exciting guided walking tours!

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Tours are now available!!

Thank You to the Unseen Missoula Sponsors!


Meet Our Tour Guides!


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Leif Fredrickson teaches history at the University of Montana. He's a member of the Historic Preservation Commission and the Friends of the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula. With some other Montanans, he created the podcast Death in the West. When he's not being a history nerd, he's being a plant nerd.


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Sophia Etier is a Public Historian, specializing in the history of Western Montana red light districts. Sophia has presented at a number of events, including the 2023 Montana History Conference and the 2024 University of Montana-Western Tedx Talk Conference. Her current research focuses on Montana's marginalized communities between 1880 and 1940.


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Steve Bixby is a recently retired small business owner and self-proclaimed history nerd, with a multitude of interests including early Missoula, the history of fire lookouts, anything relating to antique cars.  When not touring the downtown streets and alleys, he can be found volunteering at the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula or enjoying Montana’s great outdoors.


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Kali grew up as an U.S. Army brat moving from state to state and fell in love with the Missoula area after graduating from the University of Montana with a B.A. in History, a minor in Political Science, and a certificate in Public History. She currently consults and volunteers for Bonner Milltown Historical Center and Museum and was an associate producer of the PBS documentary “Hidden Stories: Montana’s Black Past”. Recently graduated from Grand Canyon University with a Master’s degree in History, she is passionate about sharing Missoula’s fascinating downtown history.


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Quinn Huisman is originally from southern Minnesota where he grew up and went to school. After graduation, Mr. Huisman spent four years at the University of North Dakota working toward his B.S. in Civil Engineering. After working as an engineer, he made a move to Missoula, Montana where he enrolled at the University of Montana and earned his Masters of Mathematics Education. He is now in his fourth year at Arlee High School where he teaches High School Mathematics and Coaches Football, Basketball, and Track. In his free time, he enjoys a wide variety of outdoor activities that are provided by beautiful western Montana.


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Janet Frey is a retired geologist with a keen interest in Missoula history, both geological and anthropological. She will happily spend hours researching historical information for new stories to share on Unseen Missoula tours. In the rest of her spare time, she is usually hiking, gardening, or spending time with her family in Missoula and the Bitterroot valley.


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Ryan Edgar grew up in Missoula, MT.  He completed his higher education in Berlin, Germany,  gaining a MA in "Holocaust Communication and Tolerance" from Touro University Berlin. Since graduation, he has returned to his hometown and hopes to learn more about the place he calls home.

Unseen Missoula FAQs

  1. How many tours are there?
    • Unseen Missoula features FOUR TOURS! Basements & Back Alleys, Hotels & Hooligans, Carnal Enterprises and Lower Rattlesnake & Greenough Park. Each tour is unique and covers different characteristics of Missoula’s heritage.
  2. Can I reserve a spot on the Unseen Missoula tours?
  3. Where do we meet?
    • The Basement & Back Alleys tours meet a few minutes before the tour starts time in Caras Park near the Carousel.
    • The Hotels & Hooligans tour meets a few minutes before the tour begins at Burlington Northern Plaza, at the statue of Captain John Mullan by the XXXXs on North Higgins.
    • The Carnal Enterprises tour meets in front of the Wilma
    • The Lower Rattlesnake & Greenough Park meets at Greenough Park Lower Parking Lot
  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 each tour is 15-16 people, so if you have a group larger than 10 please contact (406) 543-4238 to schedule a private tour.
  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
  8. What if my kid is 5 years or under – do they have to pay?
    • Kiddos 5 years of age and under get to come along for free!
  9. What are the prices?
    • Ticket prices are $15 for all individuals 5 and older.
  10. How long are the tours?
    • The tours are between 90 minutes and 2 hours and cover about a mile and a half on foot.

Unseen Missoula Guidelines

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

Unseen Missoula:  September 2017

In September 2017, the Missoula Historic Preservation Commission hosted a one-time tour called the “Unseen Missoula” tour. The tour featured three of Missoula’s historic locations: the underground steam tunnels, a Cold War-era bomb shelter, and The Bluebird Theater. The organizers 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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