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 starting January 17

FLATHEAD NEWS PANEL, Sunday, January 17, 2:30 PM, with George Ostrom, John Hendricks and Frank Miele

RURAL ELECTRIFICATION, Sunday, January 31, 2:30 PM.  Ross Holter

HISTORIC MONTANA BARNS, Sunday, February 14, 2:30 PM  Chere Jiusto

JEANETTE RANKIN,Mary Jane Bradbury returns with another of her living history presentations, Sunday, Feb. 28, 2:30 PM

Tickets for Museum members are $20 for the series of all four, or $6 for any single event.  General public tickets are $30 for the series, or $9 for any single event.  Tickets are available at the Museum, Monday through Friday, 10 to 5, or at the door before each event.  Call 756-8381 for more information.

George Ostrom Exhibit 

Now through August 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
January 14 “Object Matrimony: Mail-Order Matchmaking on the Western Frontier” by Chris Enss
February 11 “barbed Wire: The Fence that Changed the West” by Joanne Liu

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 26 “The Shop Around the corner” (’40)  with Jimmy Stewart
February 23 “Best in Show” (2000)  Christopher Guest
March 29  Hitchcock’s “North by Northwest”” (’59)

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