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Our mountain town is filled to the brim with music, art, history and creativity. Whether you fancy a relaxed stroll through a museum or prefer to dance to kick-up-your-heels music, you’re sure to find something to satisfy your culture-loving appetite in Kalispell.

Surrounded by mountains and with glacial-fed waters flowing through northwest Montana, Kalispell is a place with 18-hour vibrancy, a destination where the outdoors are perfectly complemented by a strong undercurrent of arts and culture. This is where the history of the railroad meets a thriving community that honors its past, embraces the present and looks to the future.

Within Kalispell’s pulsing arts and culture scene is a beautiful mix of museums, performing arts, art galleries, tribal nations, street art and live music. To see the start of modern-day Kalispell, take an immersive stroll through the Conrad Mansion Museum or dive deeper at the Northwest Montana History Museum.

Soak up western art at the Hockaday Museum of Art or enjoy the work of today’s artists on a visit to Montana Modern Fine Art or on a self-guided mural tour throughout Kalispell.

If live music is more your style, time your visit to include a performance by the Glacier Symphony & Chorale or catch local and touring musicians at various venues in and around our mountain town.

To the south and east of Kalispell, you’ll find two of Montana’s Tribal Nations – the Blackfeet Nation and the Flathead Indian Reservation. With a history that dates back thousands of years, the story of Montana cannot be told without its tribal nations and their cultures and traditions.

MUSEUMS & GALLERIES: Art, History and a Montana Mansion

The soul of the Flathead Valley, Kalispell, Montana, is a mountain town that combines incredible access to the outdoors with the perfect amount of urban culture through museums, touchable history, live music, photographers, artists, creators and craftsmen. And while the mountains of Montana may beckon you to explore the outdoors, Kalispell’s museums, art galleries and […]


Flathead Indian Reservation: Meet the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes

Located directly south of Kalispell and encompassing the southern half of Flathead Lake is the Flathead Indian Reservation. This area has been inhabited for thousands of years and today is home to the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes. With 1.3 million acres, the reservation is made up of diverse landscapes, including the Jocko Valley and […]


Kalispell’s Entertainment Scene

6 Spots For Live Music As the hub of Montana’s Flathead Valley, it’s probably no surprise that Kalispell has a lively music and entertainment scene. A mountain town that combines western history with a vibrant downtown, musicians feel right at home and find inspiration from a variety of places, from wide-open spaces to snow-capped peaks […]


Murals in Montana: Kalispell’s Must-See Street Art

While our unfiltered mountain town is known more for its outdoor offerings and natural landscapes than its cultural scene, we’re here to tell you that Kalispell has a few tricks up our sleeves. Our town by the lake has heaping helpings of arts and culture, which are complemented by vibrant murals that adorn Kalispell’s downtown. […]


The Blackfeet Nation: Montana’s Blackfeet Indian Reservation – Living Along The Backbone Of The World

Located on the east side of Glacier National Park and a 90-minute drive from Kalispell is the Blackfeet Nation. Home to the Blackfeet Indian Tribe (Niisitapi), the reservation is 1.5 million acres and sits along the Backbone of the World – Glacier National Park. For thousands of years, the Blackfeet Tribe (as well as other […]

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Miracle of America Museum

Arts & Culture, Indoor Activities, Learning Experiences, Museums, Places to Go, Tours & Sightseeing

Montana’s largest and most diversified museum & 5 acre Pioneer village. Open year around. Kid friendly. 250,000 items including Harps to Helicopters. ...

Whitefish Theatre Company

Arts & Culture, Performing Arts

WTC has enjoyed more than 40 years as a community based performing arts organization. Each year, WTC presents a diverse season of theatre, music, and other events, keeping arts alive in the Flathead. ...

ImagineIF Libraries

Arts & Culture, Indoor Activities, Places to Go, Visual & Interactive Arts

ImagineIF Libraries provides free and equitable access to educational and recreational materials, programs and resources to promote literacy, and inspires lifelong learning to enrich the community. ...

Crown of the Continent Discovery Center

Arts & Culture, Coffee Shops, Food & Drink, Glacier National Park, Indoor Activities, Learning Experiences, Places to Go, Restaurants, Tours & Sightseeing, Visual & Interactive Arts

The Crown of the Continent Discovery Center, located near West Glacier is a must stop when traveling to or from Glacier National Park. The center includes free interactive and interpretive displays, made in Montana product gift shop, local beers, ice cream and coffee. ...

Alpine Theatre Project

Arts & Culture, Performing Arts

Alpine Theatre Project is Montana’s world-class professional theatre, presenting musicals, plays and concerts throughout the year featuring talent from Broadway and beyond. ...

Three Chiefs Cultural Center

Arts & Culture, Indian Reservations, Indoor Activities, Learning Experiences, Museums, Places to Go, Tours & Sightseeing, Visual & Interactive Arts

Located in Ronan is the Three Chiefs Cultural Center (formerly know as The People’s Center). The center was rebranded as Three Chiefs Cultural Center to honor the three tribes that make up the Flathead Reservation: the Salish (Bitterroot Salish), Qlispe (Pend d’Oreilles) and Ksanka (Kootenai). The center includes a gift shop and a small museum gallery, and educational programs. Classes...

Bigfork Summer Playhouse

Arts & Culture, Performing Arts

The Bigfork Summer Playhouse, bringing you Broadway caliber shows for over 50 years. Stay four days, see four plays! Four Broadway Musicals featured weekends in May/Sept and nightly June-August. ...

Northwest Montana Fair & Rodeo

Arts & Culture, Horseback Riding, Outdoor Recreation, Performing Arts, Places to Go, Tours & Sightseeing

Experience the excitement, heritage, and culture of NW Montana. The NW Montana Fair & Rodeo comes alive each year in August featuring three nights of PRCA Rodeo action and showcasing the very best. ...

Glacier Symphony and Chorale

Arts & Culture, Performing Arts

The Glacier Symphony and Chorale is located in Montana’s beautiful Flathead Valley and produces a yearly season of concerts at the Wachholz College Center, educational programming, the family-friendly outdoor Symphony Night at Rebecca Farm, and exclusive special events.  Explore the finest in classical music, jazz, opera, pops, and so much more! ...

Northwest Montana History Museum

Arts & Culture, Downtown, Historic sites, Indoor Activities, Museums, Places to Go, Shopping, Tours & Sightseeing, Visual & Interactive Arts

Northwest Montana’s premium history museum, featuring exhibitions on American Indian Culture, Flathead Valley History, Demersville, timber industry, and the School Bell Books & Gifts Store. Elegant rooms available for community events. ...

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