Displays that depict the late 1800s and early 1900s are exhibited both inside the Museum building and in the spacious yard. In the yard, old buggies and wagons, a jail cell, farm equipment from old-time homesteads and a historic trading post (1881) that’s been restored and contains other exhibits. In The Museum, the visitor can take a few minutes or a few hours and rub elbows with Flathead history, finding fascinating displays of the hardy valley homesteaders, the steamboaters, the cattle ranchers, the development of the City of Poison, as well as a pictorial history of the construction of Kerr Dam, area wildlife and Indian artifacts.
Visitors are invited to share in the heritage of the Mission Valley and Flathead Lake area that is preserved in the Poison Flathead Historical Museum. The development of the Flathead Indian Reservation by the white man and the Indian is reflected in many of the exhibits. Letters and periodicals describe the early experiences of the pioneers and document the growth of the area. Immersing yourself in the history aids in understanding how the valley grew and expanded. There is something for everyone in the Museum, young and old alike. Whether the visitor is recalling the good old days or wondering how it was back then, the time will be well spent.
The museum is open to the public Memorial Day through Labor Day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and Noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays.