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


George Ostrom Exhibit 

Mid-June 2015 through May 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
October 8 “The Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown
November 12 “None Wounded, None Missing, All Dead” by Howard Kazanijian & Chris Enss
December 10 “A Great Day to Fight Fire, Mann Gulch, 1949” by Mark Matthews

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 every month, 7 PM   All are welcome–FREE!
September 29 “Top Hat” (’35)  with Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers
October 27 “The Searchers” (’56)  with John Wayne
November 24 “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” (’75)  Warning: Campy & Raunchy, not for the sensitive or faint-of-heart

No Film in December

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