Ravalli County Museum & Historical Society

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.


  • Tuesday – 10 am to 4 pm
  • Wednesday – 10 am to 4 pm
  • Thursday – 10 am to 6pm *Winter Hours until March 31st. Hours will return to 10am to 8pm in April 2022
  • Friday – 10 am to 4 pm
  • Saturday – 9 am to 1 pm
  • Sunday – Closed
  • Monday – Closed

For general questions, contact us at: museum@ravallimuseum.org
If you need to reach us regarding collections, contact us at: collections@ravallimuseum.org
For archival research, contact us at: rcmuseumarchives@gmail.com

We are funded in part by coal severance taxes paid based upon coal mined in Montana and deposited in Montana’s cultural and aesthetic projects trust fund.

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Valley of Three Trails

The Ravalli County Museum is uniquely situated in the Bitter Root Valley at a confluence of three historic and nationally recognized trails. The Ice Age Floods National Geologic Trail, the Nee-Me-Poo National Historic Trail and the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. This summer begins our journey and discovery of these three trails.

Our Focus

The Ravalli County Museum has a three tiered focus of art, local history and natural history. There are a total of twenty-eight galleries and chambers. Nine are exhibition rooms, with six permanent displays that are created from the Museum’s extensive collections.

We provide a cultural venue to enrich the experiences of our community through programming and educational opportunities for people of all ages.

Our Service Area

The Ravalli County Museum is the repository for historical information, artifacts and collections for all of Ravalli County. For more information, visit our About page.

Interested in getting involved in YOUR local Museum? There’s plenty of ways:

The mission of the Bitter Root Valley Historical Society is to acquire, preserve, protect and interpret the historical and cultural heritage of the Bitter Root Valley and its people.  Ravalli County Museum is operated and supported by the Bitter Root Valley Historical Society and is a 501c3 IRS qualified charitable organization.
Ravalli County Museum is ADA Accessible