About our museum

The Ravalli County Museum, located in Hamilton, Montana, houses many unique and rare historical collections from our Native American heritage and establishment of Montana’s first white settlement in the heart of Ravalli County.

The Museum was once the Ravalli County Courthouse, built in 1900 and designed by A.J. Gibson. It is significant symbolically and historically as it was the hub of social and political activity and has remained so since becoming the repository of the Bitter Root Valley’s artifacts, collections, and oral histories.


We’re all about community events

The Museum is the hub of community activities in western Montana such as the Annual McIntosh Apple Day Festival and many other signature events. There are new rotating exhibitions every year. Each school year, the museum welcomes scores of students through the doors to explore and learn about our history through our permanent collections and through the incredible amount of information found in our archives.


Your Support

Two thirds of Ravalli County Museum’s operational costs are funded through events, grants, donations, and memberships.  The remaining one third of operational costs is funded through a 1 mill levy.

Your support through membership, donations and sponsorship is greatly appreciated.





The mission of the Ravalli County Museum & Historical Society is to acquire, preserve, protect and interpret the historical and cultural heritage of the Bitter Root Valley and its people.