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

  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
December 8 “Last Stand:  G.B. Grinell and the Battle to Save the Buffalo” by Michael Punke
January 12 “Three Ringlings in Montana” 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.  No meeting in July or August.

 Historic Film Club

Last Tuesday of the month, 7 PM   All are welcome–FREE!
November 29 (Our 101st screening!) “An American in Paris” (1951)  Gene Kelly, Leslie Caron, Nina Foch

No film screening in December

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