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

 Thursday!Fest in partnership with the Kalispell Downtown Association

Every Thursday through August 31st, 5-8 pm

Thursday!Fest is a bit like a carnival that’s been crossed with a craft fair, a food court, a concert, and a “beer garden”. The ages and professions are mixed from babes-in-arms to grandpas gawking. Old friends meet and new friendships are formed. A bit of the best of it is that we truly mix. You have the opportunity to chat with people that you might not otherwise know other than by sight. In that respect Thursday!Fest can be a lot like going to the old town square. Featuring live music, food, vendors, arts and crafts, a farmers market and a beer and wine garden. We love it.

Join us on Second Avenue East between 1st and 2nd Streets East in front of The Museum at Central School. It is going to be a great year! Please see the Kalispell Downtown Association website for a complete list of musical acts and more information.


 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.

 Historic Film Club

Last Monday of the month in the summer, 7 PM   All are welcome–FREE!
August 28 – “Dave” (1993) 

If you had a job impersonating the president, what would you do? That’s the question facing Dave (Kevin Kline) when he is asked to secretly step in for the ailing Commander in Chief. And as he tries to make things better, he finds himself locked in a power struggle between his staff and VP. Complicating the matter further is his growing affection for the fist lady (Sigourney Weaver). This ensemble cast also stars Frank Langella, Ben Kingsley, and Ving Rhames.

This 1993 film was both a critical and commercial success when it was first released, with Gary Ross’ screenplay even earning an Academy Award nomination. In these turbulent and uncertain times, “Dave” serves as a reminder of the good that can be accomplished through the political system. As the great Roger Ebert summarized, “The movie is more proof that it isn’t what you do, it’s how you do it.”

 Film screenings are free, with free popcorn!   Wine, beer, pop & water available for sale.  Donations welcome to defer cost of program.