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

2017 Taste of Kalispell 

Thursday, June 22, 5:30pm

One of the “Can’t Miss” events of the Flathead Valley is the “Taste of Kalispell” coming Thursday, June 22, 5:30 to 8 PM on the big lawn at the Museum at Central School in Kalispell.

Presented by title sponsor Toyota and Mike and Gretchen Apgar this 8th annual event is an opportunity to join your neighbors for an evening of good food, drink, music and company, all while discovering the many restaurants and businesses that make this community great.

Purchase your tickets online at https://montanatickets.com/events/taste-of-kalispell or at The Kalispell Visitors Center, Kalispell Grand Hotel, The Flathead Beacon or the Museum at Central School. The tickets are $30 for adults, $25 seniors (62 and over), $20 youth 11-14, and kids 10 and under, free. Admission ticket includes food, beer and wine samples, live music by John Dunnigan, a kid’s zone and a chance to win great prizes.

The entire event is a wonderful way to enjoy a pleasant evening while supporting the Museum and your community. All net proceeds directly support Your Museum.

For more information, visit www.downtownkalispell.com, call Pam Carbonari, Coordinator at
253-6923 or email pam@downtownkalispell.com, or the Museum at Central School at 406-756-8381.

 Flathead Valley Community College 50th Anniversary Display

Now through September 2017

An exhibit in honor of Flathead Valley Community College’s 50th anniversary will open April 11 at the Museum at Central School in Kalispell. The exhibit will showcase historic items and photographs spanning FVCC’s five decades. An opening reception is scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. and will feature welcoming remarks from one of the college’s founders, Bill McClaren.  The reception is free and open to the public. Cookies and iced tea will be served. The exhibit will remain on display at the museum until September.

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.

 Historic Film Club

Last Monday of the month in the summer, 7 PM   All are welcome–FREE!
June 26 (Monday)  “Bulworth” (1998)  Warren Beatty
July 31 “Wag the Dog” (1997) Dustin Hoffman, Robert DeNiro
 Film screenings are free, with free popcorn!   Wine, beer, pop & water available for sale.  Donations welcome to defer cost of program.