Whitefish History & Museums: Flathead Indian Museum

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Flathead Indian Museum

The Flathead Indian Museum is an interesting place to visit when traveling north toward Glacier National Park, so you should be sure to allow some time to stop by. Read More

  • Stop by the Flathead Indian Museum on your way to Glacier National Park
  • There’s free admission to this fabulous museum, which is open all year
  • Enjoy seeing displays of authentic Native American crafts and artwork
  • Shop at the Trading Post for gifts


Located on the Flathead Indian Reservation, the Flathead Indian Museum is a popular attraction for those in the Glacier National Park area. Here you’ll discover some fascinating facts about many tribes from this region. There’s also a Trading Post where you can get some great gifts to take home with you.


To get to the museum, you simply travel 32 miles north of Missoula on US 93. The museum is located at 1 Museum Lane in Saint Ignatius. Their phone is 406-745-2951.


Flathead Indian Museum is open all year. Hours are from 9 am to 7 pm from May 1 to September 30 and 9 am to 5:30 pm from October 1 to April 30. The museum is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Days.


Admission to the museum is free.

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St. Ignatius is a small town nestled in Mission Valley and is proud of its museum where you’ll find a large collection of Native American arts and crafts. These come from the Kootenai and Flathead tribes as well as other tribes from around the United States and Canada. You’ll also find a wonderful wildlife exhibit.

The Trading Post carries some beautiful beadwork and southwestern silver jewelry for gifts or keepsakes.