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

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.

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