Discover the legacy of the US Forest Service

The National Museum of Forest Service History is a nonprofit organization dedicated to collecting and preserving the history of the U.S. Forest Service.

Stop by the

Visitor's Center

Winter Hours
Open by Appointment
Info: 406-541-6374

Mailing Address
PO Box 2772
Missoula, MT 59806

Help us build the

National Conservation Legacy and Education Center

  • Fundraising Goal 43%

Goal: $10,583,223

Goal: $10,583,223 
Raised: $4,570,792

Raised: $4,570,792

The National Museum of Forest Service History is currently engaged in a Capital Campaign to build the National Conservation Legacy and Education Center in Missoula, Montana. Once it is built, the Center will be a one-of-a-kind, world class destination. It will showcase America’s conservation history – the U.S. Forest Service, its people, partners, and legacy.

You Can Help!

Now Available Online

View Our Extensive Collection


Over 50,000 Items!

The NMFSH manages its own collection of more than 50,000 artifacts, documents, and memorabilia relating to the history and culture of the Forest Service. This massive archive is online for anyone to use – researchers, students, historians, or anyone with an inquisitive mind!

Featured Exhibit

Jim Girard: The Man Who Knew Trees


Explore Our Virtual Exhibit

Jim Girard worked with trees his whole life – from his youth making whiskey barrels in the hills of Tennessee, to his esteemed position as Chief of Forest Surveys in Washington DC. He wrote the book on timber cruising and became a legend in the U.S. Forest Service. This virtual exhibit shows how he changed the way we manage our national forests.