COVID-19 Update

We are taking several precautions to make sure that a Museum visit during these uncertain times will not adversely affect the health of our visitors:

  • All public fixtures in the Museum (handrails, doorknobs, 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, we 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.

Dynamic Montana in Time Lapse

Change over time is often difficult to visualize. Before we know it, the landscape has shifted, buildings are demolished and erected, and new people and businesses have displaced what once was. And the truth is, we become accustomed to these changes remarkably quickly. Too often, all that is left is our memories, and those memories get dimmer each passing day. On Sunday November 14th, at 2pm, the Museum is happy to welcome back Doug Ammons, who will visit the museum with an innovative, visual presentation of how Montana has changed over time. The final decades of the 19th century are among the most dynamic in the history of the state, as the west was “won” and trading posts began to sprout into communities. Each image that Doug will introduce starts from this time period, before slowly changing before our eyes into the modern landscape, a century of transformation depicted in mere seconds. At each new image, eyes will widen and jaws will undoubtedly drop to the ground in amazement. On top of the visuals, Doug’s story-telling will bring the history to life in a way that a static photograph simply cannot.

Doug Ammons attended the University of Montana for degrees in mathematics and physics, and his PhD in experimental psychology, and has pursued many other interests such as geology and history. He is an award winning author, Emmy Award winning cinematographer, scientific editor, and extreme kayaker. There will be book sales and signing by the author.

Doug last visited the Museum in 2019, when he visited the Museum to talk about A Darkness Lit By Heroes, his excellent account of the Granite Mountain-Speculator Mining Disaster in Butte. The book has been chosen as the Museum’s Historic Book Club selection for December 1st. It is available in our Schoolbell Books & Gifts, and Doug will also be selling and signing copies of the book after the November 14th presentation.

Although Doug has delivered this presentation in the Valley before, it has since been expanded with never-before-seen content and more of a local, Northwest Montana flair! Masks are not required but are highly recommended for all attendees. The Museum is also exploring ways to make this content available digitally. This event is FREE to attend, and all donations will go to Doug to offset his travel expenses

Time to Break Out the Fabric Swatches: The Quilting Class at the Northwest Montana History Museum Returns this Fall!

As the skies begin to clear and leaves begin to fall, all of us here in the Flathead Valley can breathe a small sigh of relief. However, with these welcoming signs of Autumn come cooler temperatures. And like clockwork, we also mark the season’s change with the return of our popular Quilting Class! Beginning in October, the class will be meeting at the Museum every other Wednesday through November from 1 to 4 pm.
FALL QUILTING DATES (all classes are on Wednesdays from 1 to 4pm)
 
Oct 6
Oct 20
Nov 3
Nov 17
 
Anybody interested can attend any or all weeks, as the class is completely free and open to the public. Participants can be complete beginners or experienced quilters looking to learn tips and new skills for projects, or looking for fellowship with fellow quilters. Swatches and tools are provided, although participants should feel free to bring anything they would like to use. The workshop is led by local quilter and Museum volunteer Betty Jo Malone, and, after a month off, will be returning on a similar schedule in January.  Any questions can be directed to Betty Jo at 406-755-6323. After the last couple of years, we can all us a little more comfort in our lives, so learning to make your own quilt should be first on your list.

Kalispell’s Museums to Celebrate LOCAL’S DAY on Saturday, September 18, from 10am to 6pm

After a hectic summer, the Northwest Montana History Museum, the Hockaday Museum of Art and Conrad Mansion Museum are pleased to announce the FIRST ANNUAL Locals Day on Saturday, September 18, from 10 am to 6 pm!

            On September 18, any Montana resident can purchase an admission pass to Locals Day for only $10. This pass will allow unlimited admission to all three museums on September 18. Proceeds benefit each museum’s mission to preserve and interpret history and culture in Northwest Montana. Additionally, a representative at each location will be stamping the pass cards when you enter each building. Anyone who collects stamps from all three museum will be entered into a raffle drawing for a GRAND PRIZE! There will be multiple chances to win, and each raffle basket will be filled with items and gift certificates to local Flathead Valley businesses.

            Admission for children ages 12 and younger will be FREE for Locals Day, regardless of residency. Each child in attendance on Locals Day will receive a scavenger hunt that, if completed and turned in, will make them eligible to win a GRAND PRIZE of their very own. There will be multiple chances to win. All children need to be accompanied by an adult to participate on Local’s Day.

 Admission passes for Locals Day can be purchased and turned in at any of the three museums the day of the event, so it matters not what order you choose to visit these fine cultural institutions. The three museums are located mere blocks apart in Beautiful Downtown Kalispell, making for a very pleasant walking or driving circuit on a late summer afternoon. In addition to having the option to tour museum galleries, all three museums will be offering family-friendly activities, and local food trucks will be available.

            Gather up your friends and neighbors for this special event. This is a perfect chance to explore the other cultural institutions that make our community great (and supporting these organizations in the process!)

            Please call any of the three Museums for more information. The Northwest Montana History Museum is located at 124 2nd Ave East and can be reached at 406- 756-8381. The Hockaday Museum of Art is located at 302 2nd Ave E and can be reached at 406-755-5268 . The Conrad Mansion Museum is located at 330 Woodland Ave and can be reached at 406-755-2166

Movie Night at the Museum – FREE

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers – Monday, August 23, 7:00pm

The Northwest Montana History Museum is happy to announce the next Movie Night at the Museum on Monday, August 23, with the 1954 classic musical Seven Brides for Seven Brothers!

Milly (Jane Powell) is excited to move in with her new husband Adam (Howard Keel ), picturing a life of domestic bliss. She is less excited by what she finds, a pig sty occupied by Adam and his six rough-and-tumble brothers.  After living with Milly, the brothers decide they want to find wives of their own; apparently, there is a fine line between “finding” and “abducting”.

Though still very much considered a great work of classic cinema, much of the discussion around Seven Brides for Seven Brothers in recent decades has been of the themes of sexism and women’s rights.  In fact, in a more modern lens, elements of the film are more easily viewed as satire than actual plot points. To illustrate, the following alliterative slogan was used to promote the film in 1954:

  • Adam abducted Milly
  • Benjamin brought Dorcas
  • Caleb caught Ruth
  • Daniel detained Martha
  • Ephraim eloped with Liza
  • Frank fetched Sarah
  • Gideon grabbed Alice
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