Northwest Montana History Museum, Kalispell

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The Northwest Montana History Museum, at the restored Central School building in Kalispell, Montana, United States, is a history museum featuring exhibits that illuminate the history of the Northwest Montana region and Flathead Valley.

Operated by the non-profit Northwest Montana Historical Society, the Northwest Montana History Museum is housed in the 22,000-square-foot (2,000 m2) Richardsonian Romanesque-style four-story stone and brick Central School building, constructed in 1894 and completely restored and renovated in the late 1990s.

Current permanent exhibits focus on Montana pioneer Frank Bird Linderman, the Northwest Montana timber industry, Northwest Native American culture, Flathead Valley history, Central School, and the turn-of-the-century community of Demersville.

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  • This museum has a very interesting collection of photos and srtifacts that document portions of Northwest Montana's history. A new exhibit was being added when we visited in August 2021. The...  more »
  • Traveling with a group ages 6-82, this was a great way to learn more about the area where we spent the week boating, kayaking, hiking and fishing. The building is the old schoolhouse and the...  more »
  • Great place to visit in Kalispell! Family friendly, lots of historical displays, immensely interesting
  • I have a personal love for this place. It was the building that all 7th graders in Kalispell went to school until the end of the 70's. My old classroom has been converted like all the others into exhibit rooms. The history and memorabilia of the Flathead valley are displayed very uniquely. It's always a pleasure to visit Central School museum.

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