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

  John White Speaker Series

Every other Sunday at 2:30 PM in January & February, starting January 8

January 8, Neal Lewing of Polson does a living history presentation of Montana’s first territorial governor, Irishman Thomas Meagher.  January 22, Museum’s Executive Director Gil Jordan presents history of the Flathead Valley, along with history of the Central School building itself, and the Northwest Montana Historical Society.  February 12 Dr. Ellen Baumler, author and interpretive historian with the Montana Historical Society, presents “Profiles of African American Montanans“.  February 26 Mary Jane Bradbury brings to life, in another living history portrayal, pioneer Montana photographer Evelyn Cameron.  All events are Sundays at 2:30 PM.  Call 756-8381 for ticket information.

  Fur Fashions

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.

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
January 12 “Three Ringlings in Montana” by Lee Rostad
February 9 “Blind Your Ponies” by Stanley G. West
March 9 “Rough Trip Through Yellowstone” by Emerson Hough

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!
January 31 (Our 102nd screening!) “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” (1939)  Jimmy Stewart
February 28  “Primary Colors” (1998)  John Travolta, Emma Thompson, Billy Bob Thornton, Kathy Bates
March 28  “The Great Debaters” (2007)  Denzel Washington (Screenwriter Robert Eisele may attend screening)
Film screenings are free, with free popcorn!   Wine, beer, pop & water available for sale.  Donations welcome to defer cost of program.