Exhibits on View


Pollination Investigation 

Featured in the Courtroom Gallery                                                                  Explore the essential role that pollinators play in the natural world in the Smithsonian poster exhibition Pollination Investigation. Textile art collection, A Bright Swirling of Bugs by Kay Stanford Miner, add color, texture and fun to this exhibit which also features local photographs, interactive activities and a pop-up exhibit from the Bitterroot Discovery Children’s Museum!
Old fashioned tools at Ravalli museum

Tools of the Trade 

Featured in the Heman Gallery
The Crons have been collecting tools most of their lives and have amassed over 250 striking and absorbing examples of the myriad and diverse tools that can fit every necessary function. View the collection, the remarkable art that is represented by these finely crafted implements, utensils, riggings, and yes, tools.


Fishing in the Bitterroot

Featured in Gallery 7

Created in collaboration with Bitterroot Trout Unlimited, this exhibit showcases rods, reels and other fishing gear from the past, as well as sharing information about trout habitats.

Discovery exhibit at ravalli museum

The Discovery Room

Sponsored by Rob and Terry Ryan, this room features Lewis and Clark Meet the Salish at Ross Hole, and exhibit focused on the Corps of Discovery through the Bitter Root Valley in 1805 and 1806, and their encounters with the the Salish Tribe.

Homesteeading the Bitter Root

Learn all about becoming a homesteader in the Bitter Root Valley in the 1880s. As you plan your trip, weigh your supplies and pack your wagon with what you will need for your new life in the West. Build your homestead out of Lincoln Logs and read the stories of real Bitter Root Valley Homesteaders!

Homesteading Cabin

This room is an example of the kind of log cabin a homesteading family may have built in the 1880s and beyond. How long could your family live in a cabin like this? A week, a month or a year? Stop by the exhibit and let us know!

The Montana Cafe, A Hamilton Downtown Icon

Montana Cafe

The local eatery may be gone, but the stories still exist in the minds and hearts of all those who remember the iconic restaurant with the big neon sign and the family that owned it. This was the first neon sign in Hamilton and perhaps in Montana! At the special opening reception, Montana Cafe stories were told; you can find some of them with the exhibit. 

Ag exhibit at ravalli museum

Walk Through the Bitter Root

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 1900s, from Conner to Hamilton.

Berti Lord exhibit at Ravalli museum

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. This exhibit has been refreshed with a new interpretation and biography.

The Maker Space

Children’s Discovery Room

Explore, play and create in the Children’s Discovery Room! With a new makerspace, magnet wall, puzzles and games, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Also, be sure to stop by our Adventure Series on Saturday Mornings  from 10am – 12pm, all year round.

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