The Huntley Project Museum of Irrigated Agriculture is a non-profit organization committed to interpreting, preserving, and sharing the history of the geographic area known as the Huntley Project, with an emphasis on the homesteading period and of the technological, natural and human history of irrigated agriculture in the Northern Great Plains.
The museum conducts its mission through activities like collection, exhibition, demonstration, publishing, research, and education programming. It seeks to involve the local community, especially the children, as well as all those who are interested in the history of the area. Through experience, education and fun, the museum strives to raise awareness and understanding of the agricultural life and rural environment.
Located on 10.4 acres of the old Osborn town site, the HPMIA includes 18 homestead structures from the early 1900s era. The place also maintains Southern Montana?s biggest collection of early sugar beet equipment, horse drawn machinery, grain, corn, and hay mowers. More than 7,000 square feet of the museum center is surrounded by two school buildings, bank, doctor?s office, homestead residences, granaries, woodshop, barn, and a railroad from the early 1890s.
The Huntley Project Museum of Irrigated Agriculture serves as a living testament to the transformation of a prairie desert to that of a verdant farmland. Visitors can immerse themselves in the history of the homesteading life with the various outbuildings and barns, as well as the museum center's exhibits.
Dedicated to providing a window to the past, the museum is not only a fun and dynamic place for everyone to enjoy, but serves as an educational venue for anyone wanting to take a trip down history lane through the many artifacts left behind. Here, visitors will find everyday items of the homesteader families as well as pictures and records of the Huntley Project Communities.
The Huntley Project Museum has huge collections of dresses, dishes, quilts, and cookbooks of the women; saddles, hand tools, and farm machinery of the men; and the precious handmade toys of the children. All these items depicts the story of the families trying to make their lives better.