Museum Artifact Collections

The main body of the collection of artifacts kept at the Museum have been donated over a number of years.  Many pioneer families have contributed to the collection, including a wide variety of objects that were collected and donated by Henry Grant, who was affectionately known locally as ‘Mr. Bitterroot.’  His Bitter Root China Collection is usually on display annually during Bitter Root Day.  Some of the other items on display are on loan from various contributors.


Types of Montana Artifacts

Items included in our permanent collection include Native American artifacts from local tribes such as the Salish, Nez Perce, and Kootenai Indians. Also included in the collection is a fine array of Anasazi Pots, some dating from the pre-Columbian period.


Also included in our Collections

Other pieces in the collection are agricultural tools and implements, military uniforms and accessories dating from the Civil War era to Operation Desert Storm. A large collection of Victorian Era household fixtures, dry goods, vintage clothing, portraits and paintings, and various other articles make up the bulk of the holdings.

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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.