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

 “James R. Bakke: True Montana Artist”

October 11th through mid-2018

James R. Bakke: True Montana Artist**” contains over seventy five photographic images from the longtime-Flathead artist, some of which are being publicly displayed for the first time. Curated by Kalispell master photographer Bret Bouda, this exhibition portrays numerous subjects in the Flathead’s past, from farm life to industry to Glacier National Park, highlighting just how much the region has changed in a relatively short amount of time.

Better known as a painter, James Bakke was also a gifted photographer, capturing important moments in twentieth century history and breathtaking natural beauty. Although it can easily stand on its own, Bakke initially used his photography as a model for his paintwork, and we are very pleased to have some of his paintings on loan from the Stumptown Historical Society for this exhibition. We are excited to have the opportunity to show Bakke’s photography and paintings side by side, illuminating the artistic process and Bakke’s mastery of his craft.

Christmas Trolley Tour of Eastside Homes and Lights

December 11, 12, & 13

Join us on “Hazel” Trolley for a festive tour of the historic eastside of Kalispell.  A guide will give commentary and stories on various historical homes.  The trolley is heated, but we recommend dressing for cold weather.   Arrive at the Museum at 5:00 p.m. for refreshments and view the decorations in the Museum.  Refreshments are allowed on board!  Trolley departs at 5:30 p.m. and will return by 6:45 p.m.  $20.00 for adults, $10.00 for children under 12.  Space is limited to 20 people per tour.  Tickets available at the museum.

Vintage 1931 Quilt up for Raffle


As summer moves into fall, bringing with it cooler weather, you will most likely soon have the desire to curl with a warm blanket in front of the television or fireplace. Thankfully, the Museum at Central School is here to help. You need only ask yourself one question: Do you feel lucky?

This “Garden of Flowers” quilt was original-ly pieced and hand embroidered in 1931 by Mrs. Alberta F. Udick of Whittier, California, and generously donated to Your Museum by her son, Jim Udick, to be used as a fundraiser. Using the pattern outlined by Mrs. Udick, it was then hand-quilted by members of the Mountain View Mennonite Church in 2016. The finished quilt measures 82.5” x 76.5”, and will be on display at Your Museum up until the raffle drawing.

Tickets are $5 each, or 5 for $20. Besides being available at the Museum, tickets will also be sold at Glacier Quilts, the Hockaday Museum of Art, Kalispell Grand Hotel, Montana Marie, Sassafras, and the Quilt Gallery. Tickets will also be available by credit over the phone; simply call the Museum at 406-756-8381 and ask for Jacob.

Just in time for Christmas, the raffle drawing will take place at Your Museum on December 15 between 5 and 7pm. Although you do not have to be present to win, why not come in to escape the cold with a warm cup of free coffee or hot chocolate and a Christmas cookie or two? Our exhibition halls will be open, and special guests will be in attendance. Not only that, but raffle tickets will be sold all day up to the time of the drawing. May the odds be ever in your favor!

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

 All are welcome–FREE!
Tuesday November 28, 7pm – “The American President” (1995) 

The popular, widower President Sheppard (Douglas) is attempting to pass a difficult crime bill, so the last thing he needs is a romantic relationship, with a lobbyist no less. But although things start professional with Sydney Ellen Wade (Bening), it is very apparent that the two are quickly falling for one another. Until, that is, the President is forced to make a difficult decision: pass his bill, or keep the woman he loves. Rob Reiner’s direction and Aaron Sorkin’s tight script benefit tremendously from an ensemble cast that also includes Michael J. Fox, Martin Sheen, and Richard Dreyfuss.

Written by Aaron Sorkin, The American President is reminiscent of another Sorkin project: the television show The West Wing. In fact, Sorkin developed ideas for the show while writing the screenplay for the film, using many ideas, subplots, and characters that ultimately did not make it into the final cut of The American President.

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


History Book Club

Thursday, November 9th, 6:30 PM (First Half) and Thursday, December 14th, 6:30pm (Second Half) – Deliverance: Mary Fields by Miantae Metcalf McConnell

This book expertly blends biography with historical fiction, and  McConnell’s research enabled USPS historians to verify Mary Fields as the first African American woman star route mail carrier in the U.S. A fact-based chronicle of Fields’ life in Montana from 1885 until her death in 1914, the narrative examines women rights, bootleg politics, Montana’s turn-of-the-century transition from territory to state and its scandalous 1914 woman suffrage election. Already 53 years of age when she moved to Montana, Mary Fields lived a life worthy of the history books.