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

 7th Annual Taste of Kalispell

Thursday, September 8, 5:30 to 8 PM

An opportunity to join your neighbors for an evening of good food, drink, music and company, all while discovering the many restaurants and businesses that make this community great.    With everything included in the price of admission, those attending will be able to sample food, drink, products and services from over 25 participating restaurants and businesses.  You will be entertained with live music by “20 Grand “during the evening.

 Tickets are available at The Kalispell Visitors Center, Kalispell Grand Hotel, Kalispell Brewing, The Flathead Beacon or the Museum at Central School. The tickets are $30 for adults, $25 seniors (62 and over), $20 youth 11-14, and kids 10 and under, free.   Admission ticket includes food, beer and wine samples, live music, a kid’s zone and a chance to win great prizes.  

 Fashion Furs 

Now through February 2017

Fur coats, hats, gloves and accessories, most from notable Flathead Valley citizens, including the late Moose (of Moose’s Saloon) Miller’s elk hide great coat, along with traps and the stories of the early Northwest Montana fur trade, are on display.  Elk, beaver, buffalo, bear, mink, muskrat, and more, all here for your edification and amazement.

 Montana History Book Club

Second Thursday of every month 6:30 PM
September 8 “Nothing to Tell” by Donna Gray (Oral Histories of 12 Montana women in their 80s)
October 13 “Bound for Montana, Diaries of the Bozeman Trail” by Susan Badger Doyle
November 10 “Painted Horses” by Malcom Brooks

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!
September 27 “Some Like It Hot” (’59)  Marilyn MonroeTony CurtisJack Lemmon
October 25 (Our 100th Screening!) “Little Big Man” (’70)  Dustin Hoffman, Faye DunawayChief Dan George
November 29 “An American in Paris” (’51) Gene Kelly, Nina Foch, Leslie Caron
Film screenings are free, with free popcorn!   Wine, beer, pop & water available for sale.  Donations welcome to defer cost of program.