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


Thursdays on the Museum’s Big Lawn, beginning June 23 through August 25, from 5:00 – 8:00 PM

Live music, food, vendors, arts and crafts, a farmers market and a beer and wine garden

 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
June 11 “The Bartender’s Tale” by Ivan Doig

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!
May 31 “To Be or Not to Be” (’42)  Jack Benny, Carol Lombard

Switches to Last Monday of Month for June, July and August only.  Summer theme:  Films of the 60s

June 27 “What’s New Pussycat” (’65)  Peter O’Toole, Peter Sellers
July 25 “Midnight Cowboy” (’69)  Jon Voight, Dustin Hoffman
August 29 “Alice’s Restaurant” (’69)  Arlo Guthrie
Film screenings are free, with free popcorn!   Wine, beer, pop & water available for sale.  Donations welcome to defer cost of program.