Where History Happens Every Day!


The Museum is housed in the historic Central School building, which first opened its doors in 1894. In nearly 100 years of serving the educational needs of the Flathead Valley, Central School had been a high school, a junior high school, a grade school, and housed classrooms for Flathead Valley Community College.

Today Central School carries on its educational tradition as a museum preserving and presenting local history.

Currently at the Museum


Run Through History 

Sunday, April 17, 2016

10k will start at 1:00 p.m. followed with the 5k at 1:15 p.m.  Block party at the conclusion of the run on 4th Street West next to Kalispell Brewing Company.

Ladies’ Luncheon – 6th Annual

Saturday April 23rd 12:00 p.m.

Champagne or sparkling cider served at Noon. Lunch served at 12:30 p.m.

Program, Silent Auction and Raffle Baskets!

$20.00 non-members; $17.00 members. Tickets available at the Museum beginning April 1st.

Ladies Luncheon 3

 George Ostrom Exhibit 

Now through August 2016

Iconic Flathead broadcaster, publisher, over-the-hill-gang original, artist, smoke-jumper, raconteur, and man-about-town celebrates his 87th birthday with this special display highlighting parts of his amazing life.

 Montana History Book Club

Second Thursday of every month 6:30 PM
April 14 “The Iron Shirt” by Frank Linderman
May 12 “Dark Spaces: Montana’s Historic Penitentiary at Deer Lodge” by Ellen Baumler

All are welcome. Books are available at the Museum’s School Bell Gift Shop at a discount for Society members. If you wish to receive monthly reminders about the Book Club, please send us an email to give us your email address.  No meeting in July or August.

 Historic Film Club

Last Tuesday of the month, 7 PM   All are welcome–FREE!
April 26 “Terms of Endearment” (’83)  Shirley MacLaine and Debra Winger
May 31 “To Be or Not to Be” (’42)  Jack Benny, Carol Lombard
Film screenings are free, with free popcorn!   Wine, beer, pop & water available for sale.  Donations welcome to defer cost of program.