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

  Flathead Valley Community College 50th Anniversary Display

Now through September 2017

An exhibit in honor of Flathead Valley Community College’s 50th anniversary will open April 11 at the Museum at Central School in Kalispell. The exhibit will showcase historic items and photographs spanning FVCC’s five decades. An opening reception is scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. and will feature welcoming remarks from one of the college’s founders, Bill McClaren.  The reception is free and open to the public. Cookies and iced tea will be served. The exhibit will remain on display at the museum until September.

School Bell Gift Shop

Unique, one-of-a-kind holiday gift ideas, mostly made in Montana.  Proceeds benefit the Museum.  Largest selection of books on Montana history and culture in Northwest Montana, near 300 titles.

 Montana History Book Club

Second Thursday of every month 6:30 PM
May 11 “American Buffalo” by Steven Rinella
June 8″The Worst Hard Time” by Timothy Egan

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!
May 30  “All the King’s Men” (1949)  Broderick Crawford
June 8 (Monday)  “Bulworth” (1998)  Warren Beatty
Film screenings are free, with free popcorn!   Wine, beer, pop & water available for sale.  Donations welcome to defer cost of program.