Your tour of Historic St. Mary's Mission begins in the Visitor's Center where you can explore the museum, art gallery and gift shop.  Following a brief video that provides a foundation for the walking tour, experienced guides take you on a visit of the Mission complex which includes St. Mary's Chapel with attached residence, dining area and kitchen, Father Ravalli's cabin and pharmacy, Chief Victor's cabin which houses a Salish museum and the old dove cote. Throughout the buildings are original hand carved furnishings by Fr. Ravalli, Salish artifacts, historic documents and photos of days gone by. You will pass by an apple tree, planted in the mid-1800s  by Fr. Ravalli.  While showing its age, the tree continues to bear fruit and stands as a reminder of  the history of this lovely site "Where Montana Began".
The Red Hat Group ready for a tour of the Historic Mission
Group of students learning about branding
Hours of Operation

Guided Tours
April 15 - October 15
Tuesday - Friday 10 to 4
Saturday 11 to 3

Gift Shop
April 15 - October 15
Tuesday - Friday 10 to 5
Saturday 11 to 3

Christmas shopping by appointment at 406-777-5734

Picnic in the shadow of St. Mary's Peak
~ Tables
~ Restroom Facilities at Visitor's Center
~ No Fee
~ Salish Encampment
Season runs  April 15 - October 15
Open Tuesday through Saturday
*Special Note to Educators

Historic St. Mary’s Mission provides an Indian Education instructional program for teachers and students.  In-depth teaching tools include a Salish Encampment with native plants as well as Salish games and tools handmade by Tim Ryan, a Salish Tribal Member.

The 1½ hour guided tour conducted on the mission grounds includes the early history of the Salish Indians, their life in the Bitterroot Valley, their removal to the Flathead Reservation, and their present day relationship with Historic St. Mary’s Mission, a historical and cultural icon of the American West.

The program offered by Historic St. Mary’s Mission follows the state instructional guidelines. Funds provided to all public schools for Indian Education for All qualify.

We encourage all teachers to book a tour  at a reduced rate of $5.00 per person.

Historic St. Mary’s Mission
Tuesday - Friday    10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.


~ Father Ravalli's Cabin and Pharmacy
~ Chief Victor's Cabin - Salish Museum
~ St. Mary's Chapel
~ Residence and Dining Room
~ The Dove Cote
Collage of Mission Complex

~ Diorama of  Chief Big Face, Fr. De            Smet  and Chief Victor
~ Cemetery where Fr. Ravalli is buried
~ Native American burial ground
~ The apple tree planted by Fr. Ravalli
~  Ox cart and barn

Historic St. Mary's Mission, Inc. is a non-profit organization established to preserve the historic mission and to provide an educational resource. Maintenance of the mission is funded by tax-deductible donations, tour fees and gift shop sales.   A receipt will be mailed upon our receiving your donation. To aid in the preservation of this historic site:        
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Tour guide telling the story of the Mission to school children
Students listen with fascination to the story of how the State of Montana began.
A captivated school group learn about branding, using the Mission brand, Cross on a Hill, and leather coasters.
The 'Red Hats' enjoying a tour of Historic St. Mary's Mission.
Leather Coaster branded with Historic St. Mary's Mission Brand, Cross on a Hill
Historic St. Mary's Brand
Cross on a Hill
Diorama depicting Chief Big Face, Fr. DeSmet and Chief Victor
~ A.D.A. approved
~ Gift Shop
~ Research Library
~ Art Gallery
~ Museum
~ Native American exhibit of         Salish artifacts
~ Guided Tours are available for groups and individuals.

~ Visitors are welcome to stroll the scenic grounds or use the picnic facilities in DeSmet Park at any time.  Access to the buildings does require a guide.

~ Large groups please make reservations in order that we may accommodate your group.  We are more than happy to work with you if you have a particular agenda in mind.  Call or email us your ideas.
Mission Complex, Cross on a Hill brand at St. Mary's Mission
Stevensville, Montana site of Historic St. Mary's Mission
Where Montana Began
Diorama at Historic St. Mary's Mission depicting Chief Big Face, Fr. De Smet and Chief Victor
Last Update: 1/26/2017
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P.O. Box 211
315 Charlo Street
Stevensville, MT 59870