TO ADDRESS COVID 19 - We are taking several precautions to make sure that a Museum visit during these uncertain times will not adversely effect the health of our visitors:
* All public fixtures in the Museum (hand rails, door knobs, bathroom components, interactive exhibits) will be regularly and repeatedly sanitized on a daily basis
* All visitors to the Museum are HIGHLY ENCOURAGED to wear facemasks when social-distancing is not a possibility. 
* There will be numerous hand sanitizing stations set up on both floors and in multiple galleries of the Museum.
* To promote social-distancing, Museum capacity will be much lower than it has been previously. That being said, I do not anticipate an overflow: 22,000 square feet is a lot of space in which to spread out and remain "socially distant"!

Of course, everyone is always welcome at the Northwest Montana History Museum. However, if you have a cough, a fever, or are just feeling under the weather, we kindly ask that you visit us some other time; not only for your own health, but for the well-being of our staff and other supporters.

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 the Northwest Montana History Museum carries on this educational tradition, preserving and presenting local history.


We offer several programs throughout the year, including regularly scheduled or annual events and special, one-time-only occasions that are not to be missed! All events are open to the public and we look forward to seeing you at one soon.

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We're extremely proud of our rich exhibits which incorporate a variety of artifacts, documents, and photographs to tell the story of Big Sky Country. In addition to our permanent exhibits, we rotate curated galleries throughout the year.

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Plan Your Event

Need a space for your next company meeting or event? We offer a variety of spaces that can be customized to meet your needs. From educational programs to galas to celebrations, we'd love to help you host an amazing event at the Museum.

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