The Carter County Museum is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing science, history, and culture to our community, but much of our funding comes from patrons and visitors like you.

Your donation makes it possible for us to keep our collections local and available to the public through exhibitions, educational programming, and outreach. All donations are tax deductible. Thank you for your support!

The museum has several options for donations, including our Building Fund for expansion, SCOPE Fund for Volunteers and the general fund. Please note in your donation if you would like it to go to a specific fund. If you would like more information on the expansion fund, please email

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Capital Campaign for Museum Expansion

Through our collections, displays and educational programming, we offer 100 million years of history in this region. Since 2013, visitorship at the Carter County Museum has increased from 1,000 to 5,844 annual visitors as many travel to Ekalaka, Montana, population 400, to see the world-renowned dinosaur, American Indian, local history and natural history displays. Over 900 visitors attend the award winning Annual Dino Shindig to hear lectures from leading paleontologists and participate in kids activities. The museum volunteer corps has grown to 40 people, including students from Montana State University and Johns Hopkins University. In 2022, the museum reached a total audience of 109,271 people through on-site programming and educational outreach. Of that number, 5,193 listed the museum in person. Recent scholarship in the Museum field puts the value of an in-person visit to the museum at $415/ person, meaning the Carter County Museum had a social impact of $2.1 million in 2022 alone.

With a new facility, we could easily accommodate 6,000-10,000 visitors per year and host the Annual Dino Shindig on site, as well as lease the space out to other community organizations for meetings, holiday get-togethers, etc., creating another source of revenue.

For more information on the campaign, please email