Come play with us! Downtown Helena offers activities for the whole family.
Located in the Heart of Helena, ExplorationWorks has something for kids ages 1-100! Explore your way with our many hands-on activities and exhibits focused on all things science, technology, engineering, and math. Navigate the physics of water at our water table, open and close tubes to design your own air pathways at the Air Maze, and wear your creative hats with reverse designs at the Pin Impression Board. Major exhibit changes occur 3-4 times per year, so no two visits are exactly alike. The Explore Store features smaller versions of some of our exhibits, so you can take a little part of your experience home with you! Please check our website for specific hours, special events, clubs, workshops & more! www.explorationworks.org
Seniors (65+): $6.50
Students (with ID): $6.50
Kids under 18: $5.50
Kids under 2: Free
Parking is available adjacent to the Carousel in the Great Northern Town Center Parking Lot. ExplorationWorks is located east of the Carousel. The lot is free and has a 2–hour limit. Additional paid parking can be found in the Great Northern Parking Garage located 1 block south of the science center.
Grandstreet is Montana’s premiere community theatre with over 40 years of continuous service. Sustained by volunteers from an exceptionally talented population, Grandstreet also trains over 400 K-12 students each year in our nationally recognized Grandstreet Theatre School. Each year we produce 10-12 plays and musicals in a beautifully preserved 200-seat turn-of-the-century romanesque granite church and an additional 45-seat black box studio. Nestled at the base of the Rocky Mountains in a small but thriving arts community, Grandstreet enjoys tremendous public support and regularly produces some of the best live theatre in the Northwest.
We’ve got it all at the Great Northern Town Center! This is where uptown meets downtown.
The Great Northern Carousel’s awhirl and the ice cream is being scooped by the bucketful! Friends and neighbors are gathering at the Silver Star Steak Company, Last Chance Creperie or going to a movie at the Cinemark Theater. Boxwoods upscale home furnishings and finishings is always a treat. Service firms from accounting, architecture, legal, employment, and so much more.
Whatever your taste in shopping, dining, lodging, service or fun, you’ll find it here. Plenty of parking including a four story parking garage! You might decide to sit down for a bite, go for a stroll down the Lewis and Clark – Montana Experience trail, learn something new at Exploration Works or spend the night at Helena’s most deluxe hotel – the Best Western Premier Great Northern Hotel. Even better, come set up shop and move in! The Great Northern Town Center – the upside of downtown. www.gntowncenter.com
Helena, Montana, is Montana’s Capital City and located between Yellowstone National Park and Glacier National Park. Helena has a rich gold rush history, and exploring Last Chance Gulch brings the history to life. Designated a ride center by the International Mountain Biking Association, Helena has over 75 miles of trails that originate in the Downtown area, offering visitors a world-class mountain biking or hiking experience. Rand McNally and Geocaching.com awarded Helena the Best of the Road “Best for Geocaching” title. Tour our Capitol. Take a hike overlooking the beautiful Helena Valley. Hop aboard the Last Chance Tour Train to discover Helena’s history. Download our Walking App and tour the Westside Mansion District, featuring the elaborate homes of early miners. Grab an ice cream cone or visit an old-fashioned soda fountain. We can’t wait to host you in Helena.
The Holter Museum of Art serves Montana and neighboring states with a quality visual arts exhibition program that includes all media; brings national and international exhibitions into the region; provides a much-needed venue for local and regional artists; and collects, preserves, and interprets significant contemporary Northwest art. The Holter is committed to promoting participation by diverse audiences through outreach, innovative educational programming, and collaboration with other organizations. Increasing and promoting a strong cultural awareness to the broadest possible audience is a guiding factor to our operations. Admission is free.
Jmacs Pottery is a studio and gallery designed to promote local artists and create new ones. While mostly functional pottery is sold, there is a small amount of woodwork, jewelry and photography.
Welcome to Last Chance Tours of Helena, Montana, home of the Last Chance Tour Trains and Trolley. We offer historic tours of Helena aboard open-air tour trains and our climate controlled trolley. See the opulent mansion district, marvel at the Cathedral of St. Helena, and roll by our governor’s homes. Cruise by a restored miners’ village, enjoy the unique architecture along Last Chance Gulch, and catch a glimpse of the Old Fire Tower. It’s the fun way to see beautiful and historic Helena!
We also offer step-on guide service, guided day and half day tours, Montana T-shirts, and other selective souvenirs. We cater to individuals, group tours, and school groups, including shuttle service for special occasions. We can also arrange group food services for a Montana style lunch or dinner.
The Tour Train departs from the Montana Historical Society which is just east of the Capitol Building at the corner of 6th and Roberts. In July and August, plan to purchase tickets and board the train 30 minutes prior to your desired tour time.
Established in 1868, the Lewis & Clark Library is the oldest library in the state. The mission of the Lewis & Clark Library is to provide the best possible services and materials for informational, educational, cultural, or recreational use by the community. The Lewis & Clark Library offers a variety of services free to the public, including book groups, internet service, children’s story time, and numerous public programs. Stop by and check your email, catch up on local and world news, or participate in one of our many wonderful programs. Don’t forget to visit our branch libraries in Augusta, Lincoln, East Helena, or on the Bookmobile. Check our website at www.lclibrary.org for more information and an updated calendar of events.
The Great Northern Carousel is a modern hand built menagerie carousel reminiscent of the splendid, turn-of-the-century carousels.
A most magical venue for any age!
Most of the 37 animals and one chariot were hand-carved by Ed Roth of Long Beach, California and hand painted by Bette Largent of Spokane, Washington. Todd Goings built the mechanism in Marion, Ohio and also built the spinning tub for the carousel. Local artist Mary Harris created the original glass artwork depicting Helena area landmarks and scenery on the Carousel rounding boards.
Besides the traditional horses, frogs and rabbits, there are native Montana wildlife such as an antelope, a grizzly bear, a bobcat and even a cutthroat trout! Connected to the 40’ carousel is an ice cream parlor and snack bar. Plus, there is a party room to rent for any occasion imaginable such as birthdays, anniversaries or even hosting fund-raisers.
The mission of the Myrna Loy Center is to inspire Helena by presenting culturally enriching arts experiences of all disciplines; to support local and regional artists in their work; and to foster a lifelong love of the arts through educational projects and experiences.
Myrna Loy, Montana’s First Lady of Film, moved to Helena at age 7. She and her family lived a few blocks from the Lewis & Clark jail on 5th Street. Myrna made her stage debut at age twelve at Helena’s old Marlow Theater in a dance she choreographed. After the death of her father, Myrna’s family moved to Los Angeles. Myrna was 13. After many years of exceptional accomplishments, both in the arts and as a humanitarian, Myrna passed away in 1993. She is buried in Helena, Montana.
The Myrna Loy Center presents contemporary media and performing arts; supports the creation of new works by Montana, regional and national artists; and nurtures a lifelong involvement in the arts through arts education and residencies.
We are a paint your own pottery and glass fusing studio located in the historic downtown. We carry earthenware (ceramics) that is cleaned, fired, and ready for you to paint! All of our paints and glazes are lead free and non-toxic. Finished pieces are dinnerware safe, so you can create usable art. Paints, brushes, creative supplies, and instruction are included every time you come in. We also have all the glass necessary to create a beautiful piece.
Our customers come in all sizes and ages. Kids are old enough when they can hold a paint brush (we have high chairs) and adults are never too old. No experience with painting or art is necessary because our friendly staff is always here with creative ideas and the tools to make your project a success.
The Painted Pot is a great place to create unique, personalized gifts for any occasion, including
- Baby showers
- Mother’s/Father’s/Grandparents’ Day
- Holidays (Christmas, Easter, Valentine’s, St. Patty’s, Flag Day, etc.)