Permanent Exhibits


Lewis & Clark

This exhibit focuses on Lewis and Clark’s travels through the Bitter Root Valley in 1805 and 1806, where they encountered the Salish tribe.




Life in the West

This exhibit depicts the lifestyle, tools and practices of the early American cowboy, where the sport of rodeo all began.




Trappers & Miners

This room is an example of the kind of log cabin a miner or trapper may have lived in as early as the mid 1800’s.






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Logging and agriculture, the early industries of the Bitter Root Valley are showcased in this display.   This exhibit includes murals that show what the valley looked like in the early 1900’s, from Conner to Hamilton.




Bertie Lord

Bertie Lord was an early local photographer who lived during the Victorian era. This exhibit depicts the life of Bertie Lord and a timeline of photograph technology.







Natural History

Explore the rich natural history of the Bitter Root Valley through this display. The majority of the animals shown here are native to this region.






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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.