What can I see at the Whitefish Museum?
Ever seen a fish with fur? Tapped out your name in Morse Code?
When you’re visiting Whitefish you must plan a visit to the city’s charming museum and check out its one-of-a-kind curios and railroad paraphernalia.
Managed by the Whitefish Historical Society, volunteers are on-hand to answer visitor’s questions. Although it’s only one room, the museum is packed with displays and collectibles, so it could take a few hours to admire it all.
- Stumptown: Outside the museum doors a large tree stump is displayed which is a homage to the city’s former name of “Stumptown”. The oversized-trunk stands as a reminder that before the railroad blazed its tracks through the city, the locals made their living off of lumber.
- Furry Fish: In addition to railroad memorabilia, the museum’s famous ‘Hicken’s fur-bearing fish’ is a big draw. It’s worth a trip into inside just to read the amusing story of this aquatic anomaly.
- Morse Code: There is also an interactive display which recreates the desk of Lucien Gordon Becquart, a telegrapher who worked for the Great Northern Railroad for 40-years. Try to tap out a message in Morse Code on the antique telegraph.
- Local Writers: A large display tells the story of Whitefish’s most-noted author, Dorothy M. Johnson, who penned the classics The Hanging Tree, A Man Called Horse and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance.
Where is the Whitefish Museum?
Whitefish Railroad Depot. 500 Depot Street, Whitefish.
When is it open?
Monday to Sunday 11-3
How much does it cost?
The museum is free, but a donation to the Whitefish Historical Society is greatly appreciated.
Who can I call if I have more questions?
For any questions about the museum call the Historical Society at 406-862-0067.