The Museum at Central School
Northwest Montana Historical Society
124 Second Ave. East, Kalispell, MT 59901

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Bringing Life to History &
History to Our Lives

Phone: (406) 756-8381
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More About:
Our Book, Looking Back;
Our Building; School Alums; and
Our Lecture Series
Museum Hours:
Monday - Friday, 10-5
Adults $5.00    Seniors $4.00
Members & Children Free

Exhibition Notes

Western Indian Culture
This authentic collection of rare and diverse Native American artifacts reveals much about the life and culture of the Indians of the Northwest. This is an Indian-based exhibit of unusual authenticity not to be missed by anyone interested in Native American culture.

Frank Bird Linderman
Artifacts and art from the heirs of this famous Montana writer, pioneer, educator, and humanitarian.

Sand Monkeys, Tie Hacks,
and River Pigs

The logging industry in northwest Montana

History of the Flathead Valley
All New, Open Now!


All New History of Flathead Valley
Six years in the making, the new professionally designed and built History of the Flathead Valley exhibition tells why we came, why we stayed, how we got here, and what we've done ever since. The exhibition hall is now filled with daylight as the six large 4 x 8 foot windows are uncovered and revealed for the first time in over a decade, and filled with translucent historic images. Come learn about early Valley settlers, and early transportation, agriculture, recreation, communities, communication, the old steel bridge and the little red dress. A long time coming, it is finally here!

Bob Marshall Wilderness Exhibit
Now Through Spring 2014
Visitors will be greeted by a life size photo of Bob Marshall at a new display that commemorates the 1.5 million-acre wilderness complex that bears his name. Marshall was the original founder of the Wilderness Society and instrumental in forming the Wilderness Act which will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year.

The centerpiece of the display is a historic trail camp complete with antique camping gear, tools used in trail building the original wilderness trails, and remnants from the oldest surviving phone line the U.S.

Montana History Book Club
Second Thursday of every month, 6:30 PM
February 13th  
   “Wasting Libby: How WR Grace Left a Montana Town to Die”

    by Andrea Peacock
March 13th  
   “The Lady Rode Bucking Horses: Fanny Sperry Steele”

    by Dee Marvine
April 10th  
   “The House of Bair: Sheep, Cadillacs & Chippendalel”

    by Lee Rostad
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.

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Updated: 10 Jan 2012 The Museum at Central School