Fort Peck Interpretive Center and Museum
Fort Peck Interpretive Center and Museum is located 1.5 miles east of Fort Peck, at 157 Yellowstone Road, adjacent to the powerhouses.Fort Peck Interpretive Center and Museum is located 1.5 miles east of Fort Peck, at 157 Yellowstone Road, adjacent to the powerhouses.
157 Yellowstone Road
The Fort Peck Dam Interpretive Center and Museum is a partnership between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. The facility showcases northeast Montana and features the two largest aquariums in Montana displaying the fish of Fort Peck Lake and the Missouri River.
Visitors entering the main lobby are greeted by a life size, fleshed-out model of Peck's Rex, the Tyrannosaurus Rex discovered 20 miles southeast of Fort Peck in 1997. A skeleton cast of Peck's Rex is also on display in the exhibit hall along with several other regional paleontology displays including a Cretaceous Sea display. Other exhibits include the wildlife, habitats, and scenery of the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge and Fort Peck Lake, and the construction history of Fort Peck Dam.
During the summer, interpretive programs, hands-on children's activities and nature walks are presented. A three-mile paved nature trail runs adjacent to the center and is a popular birding and nature area. Next to the center are the Downstream Campground and Kiwanis Park Day Use Area with picnic shelters, playground equipment, basketball court, volleyball court, horseshoe pits, and fishing ponds.
Tours of the Fort Peck Powerhouses are available through the Fort Peck Interpretive Center. From Memorial Day though Labor Day tours are available on the following schedule: weekdays: every other hour beginning at 9:30am with the last tour at 3:30pm; weekends: every hour beginning at 9:30am with the last tour at 4:30pm. From Labor Day through September 30 tours are available at 11:30am and 1:30pm daily. From October 1 until Memorial Day tours are available by advance appointment by calling the Interpretive Center at 406-526-3493.
There is no admission charge for either the Fort Peck Dam Interpretive Center and Museum or powerhouse tours.