Events and Education



Past events have included Artisan Markets, Community Picnics, and old-time music.


Historic Crail Ranch offers a coherent curricular experience to students in local schools and youngsters in local summer camps. Kids learn about the Homestead Era and Big Sky’s ranching roots through experiential activities held at the museum or brought into the classroom. View Curriculum Here

An introductory scavenger hunt permits children to discover and often touch the museum’s artifacts. Several simulated activities help kids to experience the challenges of working on a ranch and living on a homestead. Children harvest a garden, make butter, and learn simple crafts. Ranching topics also include harvesting hay, reading and designing ranch brands, and learning to rope.

Through old-fashioned games, kids learn about how kids had fun a century ago.

The Crail Ranch Homestead Museum had over 200 children visit the museum in 2017 either through a school field trip or a camp visit.

Living History:
Gifted storyteller Mary Jane Bradbury, visited Crail Ranch and brought along with her a friend…. Nancy Cooper Russell, wife and business manager of Old American West painter Charlie Russell. Join us next year on August 5, 2018 when Bradbury brings Calamity Jane to Big Sky. Crail Ranch’s living history events are funded through Humanities Montana.