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News from the Mission Valley Museum Consortium


Arlee/Jocko Valley Museum

Our historic site will open on the Fourth of July. View our beautiful war memorial by driving by. The memorial is outside of our site.  



St. Ignatius Mission Church

St. Ignatius Mission Church summer visiting hours are from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. on Memorial Day through Labor Day. Visitors may view the 58 murals in the church, explore the Sisters of Providence cabin built in 1864 and visit the original Jesuit cabin built in 1854. They are open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. All persons are invited to join us for Sunday Mass at 9 a.m. 

The Church is known for its murals, which were painted by Brother Carignano, the Jesuit Mission cook. The murals, painted between 1904-1905, were damaged when a 100-year-old support beam cracked. Restoration of the murals began in the summer of 2018. The Blessed Virgin Mary mural and the St. Joseph mural have been restored. This summer, work will resume with the restoration of the three murals located behind the main altar called the triptych.   

St. Ignatius Mission Church is located at 300 Bear Track Ave., St. Ignatius, MT 59865.

Fort Connah

Historic Fort Connah will reopen its black powder muzzle loading range to the public on Saturday, June 15 and June 29, from 10 a.m. to dark. Shooters under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult. The fee is $5.

Four Winds Indian Trading Post

Come visit the historic Four Winds Indian Trading Post in the original log building that was built in the 1870s by Duncan McDonald, the son of Angus McDonald, the famous Hudson’s Bay Company fur trader. Shop our large selection of beads, beadwork, craft supplies, moccasins, herbs, Native American books, CDs and artifacts. The post is located three miles north of St. Ignatius on U.S. Highway 93 and is open daily from 11 a.m.-7 p.m.



Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana

The museum’s new exhibit, CAKARPEKNAKI:  With Respect and Without Waste, celebrates the culture and traditions of Alaskan natives through a carved ivory collection recently donated to the museum by member Hugh Magnussen in honor of his wife, Jutta. Mark your calendar to stop by and see our “First Saturday” artists’ exhibits throughout the season, and plan to come to our fourth annual Cultural Arts Fair on July 13. We hope to see you at our booth at the Chainsaw Carving Rendezvous event at the Lake County Fairgrounds on June 22 and 23. Call 406-644-3435 to schedule a group or school tour.



Garden of the Rockies Museum

Our efforts for the past several weeks have been focused on making improvements in the machine shed, as well as cleaning up the grounds.  We are doing some re-landscaping and will be installing a new sign in the near future.

We are always appreciative of donated help and would like to thank the City of Ronan, Brad Lee, and the Ronan High School National Honor Society members for their assistance.

Please stop by and visit; we would love to show you what we’ve been up to. Volunteers are always needed, so anyone interested is asked to call 406-676-3261



The People’s Center & Museum

Owned and operated by the Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes, our 1200 square foot museum shares the histories and stories of the Salish, Pend d’Oreille and Kootenai people. The People’s Center is the place to hear stories from our tribal elders and histories told by our tribal people. New exhibits are happening in the museum and education room for your viewing pleasure. Guided tours available all year. Our gift shop offers you many beautiful items that are beaded and made by local tribal members and members of other tribes. Many gifts choices are also available: T-shirts, coffee mugs, native design shorts, hats and blankets, craft supplies and books along with many more items to choose from. Plan a family trip here and view the museum and purchase a native game or craft. Checkout our web page at: and/or our Facebook page: «Sqelixw Aqlsmaknik” for updates on classes and activities. June 1 begins our summer hours: Monday - Saturdays 8 a.m.-5 p.m. We will also have a social powwow on that day from 1-3 p.m.  and everyone is welcome. Our Friday Arts & Crafts Day continues all year long and goes from  9 a.m.-4 p.m. Come learn to bead, sew, color, draw or share your knowledge with others. Call 406-675-0160 for additional information. Thank you for your support and patronage. 



Polson Flathead Lake Museum (formerly Polson Flathead Historical Museum)

We are open through Sept. 16 with hours of Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and on Sundays from 1-4 p.m. With our new name comes a renewed focus on the many exhibits in the museum that highlight life on Flathead Lake from the late 1800s through the 1970s. Exhibits include a 1940s sailboat, Copper Cup Regatta hydroplane race memorabilia and many photos of: boating and transportation of people, freight, timber, etc. from those long ago days, including our Flathead Lake “Monster.” The museum offers free Montana made ice cream after the Memorial Day and 4th of July parades in Polson and a 20 percent admission fee discount on those days. On the afternoon of the 4th of July, Barbara Coulson, well known seamstress, will demonstrate her skills on a 1918 treadle sewing machine. The museum is also available for reunions, wedding receptions, other small gatherings and guided tours. Call 406-249-7641 if you wish to book the museum for your event.


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