Bringing Life to History & History to Our Lives


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

Montana Modern Exhibit

Now through May

This traveling exhibit from our State Historical Society in Helena interprets our state’s Modernist architectural legacy of the 1950s, 60s, and 70s with architectural drawings, historic and contemporary photographs, and interpretive text panels.

5th Annual Ladies Luncheon

 Saturday, April 25, Noon

Ladies Luncheon and Vintage Style Show:  Clothing the Flathead, A Century of Fashion.  Menu includes ham, salads, desert and beverages.  Tables for parties of 8 can be reserved by April 21, to decorate with your own theme and place settings, or buy individual tickets and be seated at available tables by the Museum. 

Public $20 each. Museum Members $17. Kids 12 and under $10. Maximum capacity 100 tickets. We sold out last year–get your tickets EARLY! Set up time for reserved tables Friday, April 24 from 10 AM to 7 PM. 756-8381 for more information.

 Montana History Book Club

Second Thursday of every month, 6:30 PM
May 14 “Adventure Tales of Montana’s Last Frontier” by Gary Wilson

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.

 Historic Film Club

Last Tuesday of every month, 7 PM   All are welcome
April 28 “East of Eden” (’55)  with James Dean
May 26 “The Horse Whisperer” (’98)  a Robert Redford film

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