Museums & Galleries
Art, History and a Montana Mansion
Combine American Indian culture, logging, fishing, trapping, farming, railroads and outdoor recreation and you have the beautifully rich history that makes up Kalispell, Montana. The soul of the Flathead Valley, it may not come as a surprise that Kalispell is an artistic mountain town that’s filled with musicians, photographers, artists and craftsmen. And while the mountains may beckon you to explore the outdoors, we’d wager to say the town’s museums and galleries—and their beautiful grounds—are some of our must-see things to do on any visit.
The Conrad Mansion Museum
From the flower-filled gardens and grounds to the inside of this 13,000-square-foot mansion, the Conrad Mansion Museum provides a beautifully preserved look into the 19th-century life of Kalispell’s founder, Charles E. Conrad. Tours are available in the summer and the mansion hosts special events throughout the year. Visit the Conrad Mansion online for information.
The Northwest Montana History Museum
While Charles E. Conrad is thought of as the founder of modern-day Kalispell, he was not the first person to call the Flathead Valley home. Explore the valley’s deepest roots and earliest industries through four permanent exhibits at the Northwest Montana History Museum. Housed in an 1894 schoolhouse, the museum offers exhibits on regional American Indian history, the early timber industry and the valley’s earliest European settlers.
Hockaday Museum of Art
The cultural history of the Flathead Valley and Glacier National Park has a fitting home at the Hockaday Museum of Art. The museum itself is housed in a stunning classical-revival-style building, originally erected as the town library in 1901. In addition to rotating exhibits, it has a permanent “Crown of the Continent” exhibition that features 15 historic Glacier National Park murals, as well as work from some of the best-known Western artists, including Charles M. Russell and O.C. Seltzer.
Montana Modern Fine Art
Located in Kalispell’s walkable downtown, Montana Modern Fine Art specializes in the display and sale of contemporary artists with ties to the Flathead Valley. The works tend to be colorful and abstract, while incorporating each artists' interpretations of northwest Montana landscapes, culture and wildlife into their individual pieces.
In downtown Kalispell are three art co-ops, each in a carefully preserved early 1900’s building. Showcasing the work of modern-day artists, craftsmen and makers, Sassafras, Montana Marie's and Paint, Metal & Mud specialize in local-made fine art, apparel, jewelry, furniture, photography, jams, soaps and other treasures, ensuring you leave with your own piece of Montana.