Butte, Montana: Historic Dumas Brothel Museum

This bawdy house was in business until 1982, qualifying it as America's longest-lived house of prostitution.
Address:
45 E. Mercury St., Butte, MT
Directions:
North side of town. I-90 exit 126, then north on Montana St. for 1.5 miles. Turn right onto Mercury St. for three blocks. Between Main and Wyoming Sts.
Hours:
Daily 10 am - 4 pm. (Call to verify)
Phone:
406-299-2702
Admission:
$8 tour.
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Historic Dumas Brothel Museum

Called a few days ahead. Showed up at 10:00 when they opened,.. Sign out front listed their hours with a note underneath saying "renovations permitting." Called inside and heard phone ringing with nobody there to answer it. Went about our day and tried calling a few hours later. No answer again. Never saw it.

[Emily, 05/29/2015]

Dumas brothel.

Site of Evel Knievel's First Stunt

The Dumas Brothel Museum in Butte's former Red Light District was the site of Evel's first stunt according to owner Rudy Giecek. It seems that Evel, one evening after having too much to drink, fell over the second floor balcony, landing on the floor below. He got up quickly, dusted himself off and continued to party. The rest, as they say, is history!

The museum is now open daily, after having been closed for the past two years. Entry is by an admission fee of $8 and includes a tour of the building, where you will see a customized refrigerator in which a French lady took refuge, eluding police raids, and a room discovered a few years ago that has been sealed since 1943.

It's a perfect time capsule of a "crib" used by the ladies at the time in Venus Alley.

[Phil Pasquini, 08/01/2010]
Dumas Brothel Tour

The Dumas Brothel is the last remaining building of a two-block red-light district area that housed prostitutes who comforted the miners beginning just before the turn of the century (1890s). It continued to operate as such until 1982.

[Roger, 07/04/2010]

The Brothel Museum, closed for a period, is reportedly offering tours by the owner, though no hours are posted.

Brothel Museum: Too Dangerous For Tourists?

The Dumas Brothel Museum in Butte, Montana -- a brothel from 1890 until 1982 and a tourist attraction from 1989 until last year -- has perhaps closed its doors for good. Owner Rudy Giecek has offered several explanations for the shuttering of this attraction: his health is poor (he's suffered three strokes), he has no money to pay his taxes and liens, he's afraid that the back wall of the building will collapse.... [05/08/2005] Complete News Story

Historic Brothel Tour

My husband and I found this on a recent trip to Butte. From the brochure... "The Dumas was designed and built as a brothel in 1890 and continued as such until its closure in 1982, making it America's longest running house of prostitution. It was one of the first two-story brick structures built in Butte's notorious Red Light District along Mercury Street. The Dumas is the last intact example of this type of architecture (Victorian "brotheleze") left in the United States. Come take the tour and learn of The Dumas's sensuous past. Hear the stories of the ghost of Elinore who still roams the halls of The Dumas...... There is no admission to this famous house of ill-repute. Guided tours of the underground "cribs" are available. These tiny rooms were accessible thought the tunnels which connected the Red Light District with some of the Uptown business district. Last used in 1943, the cribs are the originals. Price for the tour is $2.50 for an adult."

This place is incredible!! The upstairs is still very much the same as it was when the place was left in 1982. But the highlight of the entire place is the tour of the cribs. Owner Rudy Giecek takes you on a personal tour with just a flashlight. As you walk down the stairs he points out the scratches on the walls that were probably from gentlemen striking matches to light cigarettes. Since this area was closed off from 1943 no one had been down there since he opened it up in 1990. You can almost hear the people talking, making deals, being seduced for lunch. He found things that the girls had left behind....pinups on the walls, bed clothes, bobby pins, empty cigarette tins, lipstick and even (hold on to your hat) and old vibrator.

[Annette Gasser, 08/06/1998]

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