Places: The Museum at Central School

By Beacon Staff

Tour The Museum at Central School near downtown Kalispell for one of the most comprehensive collections of local history available in our area.

For nearly 100 years, the Central School building was a high school, junior high school, grade school and classroom for Flathead Valley Community College. It’s fitting that the tradition of education is carried on today at the museum.

Take time to browse the fascinating military display featured through June. See an original 13-star American flag, a collection of historical weapons, photographs and artifacts from past wars.

An impressive collection of uniforms accompanies the display.

The “Timber Exhibit – Sand Monkeys, Tie Hacks and River Pigs,” created by Flathead High School graduate Anna Saverud, chronicles the timber industry that spurred growth in the Flathead Valley and showcases an actual working sawmill as well as an inspiring timeline of photographs and events.

Each week the museum features a 100-year-old newspaper, so patrons can read what was happening exactly one century ago. And every fourth Tuesday of the month enjoy a classic film from the National Film Registry.

How to get there: The museum is located at the intersection of East Second Street and Second Avenue East in downtown Kalispell. For more information on exhibits visit

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