FAQs

 

                                                           

Are you ADA compliant?

Yes. The rear of the museum has a ramp and inside, there is an elevator for access to the second floor.

What kind of parking is available?

The museum does not have a dedicated parking lot; all parking is on street.

What kind of exhibits do you have?

We have three types of exhibits – permanent, rotating, and virtual on either the first and second floor and through our website. All exhibits are related to either local or Montana history.

I have an object that I’d like to donate or loan. How can I do that?

It’s better if you called the museum to schedule a time to bring in your object. This will insure that our collections personnel will be available  on the day you visit.

Do you provide historical research?

Yes. If you are interested in informational research, such as from old newspapers or in locating old photos, please schedule a time to come in and let our historic researcher know what you are seeking. Our fee is based on the time devoted to satisfying your request.

What kind of items do you have in your gift shop?

We have many history-related books, jewelry, and kids’ items.

What kind of volunteer opportunities do you offer?

You can volunteer daily, weekly, or monthly to assist with internal projects. Or, you can volunteer at one of our annual events, such as Apple Day or Bitterroot Day, or participate in the planning and organizing of an event. Please contact the museum director for more details.

Do you partner with teachers for classroom lessons?

Absolutely. Please contact the director of the museum to work out the details.

What do you offer for children?

Currently, we have hands-on activities each Saturday morning from 10-12. In addition, from time to time, we have contests specifically aimed a young folks. For instance, from Jan 1 thru Jan 31, we conducted an essay contest whereby a child selects an historic but unnamed photo and writes a story about that subject.

Do you offer discounts?

Yes. Seniors, military, and children receive discounted admission. In addition, you get discounts on gift shop items and research fees if you are a member of the historical society.

How do I find the museum?

From Hwy 93, turn west on Bedford Street and proceed two blocks.

Can you accommodate group tours?

Yes. Contact the director of the museum to schedule a day and time.

Is the museum in an historical building?

The museum is located in the former Ravalli County Courthouse, constructed in 1900. In 1975, the museum moved into this structure. In 1979, it was added to the National Register of Historic Placed.

Can I take photos inside the museum?

No photos are permitted to be taken inside.