Northwest Montana Historical Society & Museum at Central School

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Northwest Montana Historical Society &  Museum at Central School

124 2nd Avenue East,Kalispell 59901,Flathead Area

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The Museum at Central School - located in the magnificent Central School Building at 124 Second Avenue East in downtown Kalispell, just minutes from the Conrad Mansion and Hockaday Museum of Art. This fully renovated 1894 school is Kalispell’s third oldest building. It is now home to the Northwest Montana Historical Society and contains a regional history museum with more than 4,000 square feet of exhibit space.

Frank Bird Linderman was a visionary Montana statesman and author. Known to his Native friends as “Sign-Talker”, Linderman recorded the stories and legends of Montana and its earliest inhabitants. The result of these close personal friendships is an awe-inspiring exhibit of native artifacts, personal items, photos and a lifetime of literary achievements often illustrated by his close friend, Charles M. Russell.

This Precious Reserve tells the story of 8,500 square miles of US Forest Service land in Northwestern Montana, an area larger than the state of New Jersey! Jack Clack, Clyde Fickes, Fred Herrig, and Jasper Seeley are just a few of our tough, innovative and adventuresome Forest Rangers who established the law in our forests and helped shape the National Forest system. The centerpiece of this exhibit is a mock 1933-forest fire lookout.

Sand Monkeys, Tie Hacks, and River Pigs offers the unique opportunity to step inside a c.1900 sawmill. Learn the language of the logger and see the tools of an industry that shaped the Flathead Valley from 1890 to today. Our loggers have made substantial contributions to their industry and to the quality of life we enjoy in the Flathead today. You have to see it to believe it!

Temporary changing exhibits highlight our fascinating regional history. We offer history classes, walking tours and special events throughout the year.

Located in the principal’s office, the Central School Café offers fresh soups, salads, sandwiches and homemade pastries Monday - Friday 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Dine in this unique setting or take your lunch with you as you explore Kalispell. Catering is available, call 257-0991.

The Museum Shop has a unique selection of Montana gifts and books, including the complete set of Linderman Books and gifts with local flavor.

The Northwest Montana Historical Society - bringing life to history & history to our lives all year with expanded summer hours. Admission: $5.00 for adults, $4.00 for seniors. Students are free.

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