Original Governor’s Mansion

304 N Ewing St, Helena, MT



This stately Queen Anne style mansion has enjoyed both public and private roles in the history of Montana and its capital city. The history of the mansion is as much a history of the people who resided here as it is of a building. Montana’s Original Governor’s Mansion, built in 1888 by Helena entrepreneur William Chessman as a symbol of his wealth and influence throughout the Helena community. The next two owners, the Larsons and the Conrads, continued the pattern of affluent living. In 1913 the State of Montana acquired this handsome brick mansion as the first official governor’s residence for nearly half a century. Between 1913 and 1959, it was home to nine Montana governors and their families.

Summer Hours:

May 1 through September 30
Tuesday through Saturday – tours begin on the hour at noon, 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00
Closed Sundays, Mondays and Holidays.

Winter Hours:

October 1 through April 30
Saturdays only –  tours begin on the hour at noon, 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00
Closed Sundays through Fridays and Holidays.


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    […] Original Governor’s Mansion – Built in 1888, this mansion served as the first official governor’s residence and is now a historic house museum. […]

    April 3, 2014 at 9:58 pm
  2. Montana Vacation Blog | Things to do in Helena, Montana

    […] a FREE tour of the state capitol building.  The Original Governor’s Mansion is just east of the capitol building, and is a well-preserved piece of Montana history not to be […]

    April 26, 2014 at 6:15 am
  3. Experiencing History in Helena, Montana

    […] 15, 2017 – Another great way to take in the history of Montana is with a tour of the Original Governor’s Mansion.  Tours are offered Tuesday – Saturday: Tours at 12:00, 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00. The Mansion is […]

    February 16, 2017 at 1:24 pm
  4. 10 Things to do in Helena Montana - RJI Professionals

    […] want to visit the Original Governor’s Mansion, This Queen Anne style mansion was constructed in 1888 by entrepreneur William Chessman to […]

    April 6, 2017 at 6:26 am

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