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

 Fashion Furs 

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.

 Montana History Book Club

Second Thursday of every month 6:30 PM
September 8 “Nothing to Tell” by Donna Gray (Oral Histories of 12 Montana women in their 80s)
October 13 “Bound for Montana, Diaries of the Bozeman Trail” by Susan Badger Doyle
November 10 “Painted Horses” by Malcom Brooks

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!

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

August 29 “Alice’s Restaurant” (’69)  Arlo Guthrie
September 27 “Some Like It Hot” (’59)  Marilyn MonroeTony CurtisJack Lemmon
October 25 “Little Big Man” (’70)  Dustin Hoffman, Faye DunawayChief Dan George
November 29 “An American in Paris” (’51) Gene Kelly, Nina Foch, Leslie Caron
Film screenings are free, with free popcorn!   Wine, beer, pop & water available for sale.  Donations welcome to defer cost of program.