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Seeley Lake Historical Museum and Visitor Center

Seeley Lake Montana

Listing Type: Museum
City: Seeley Lake Montana
Region: Glacier Country

Visitors are amazed to walk into an old barn to find historic displays in the original horse stalls. Collections provided by local residents depict life, events and resources found in the surrounding area in years past. The historic barn was moved, log by log, a few years ago from where it was built in 1929 so that history of the area could be preserved, and people could get current information at the visitor center.

Many visitors find themselves renewing fond memories. Most are treated to a individualized showing of the museum. Local and part-time residents remember attending barn dances and weddings. Visitors reminisce about taking pack trips into the wilderness with C.B. Rich starting from the barn. A surprising number of people tell stories of having worked in the barn, remembering the tack room, climbing the ladder to the hay loft, doctoring sick horses, horseshoeing, etc. First time visitors find the displays enchanting and are impressed by the contrast between the authentic old barn downstairs and the modern visitor center office and conference room upstairs.

The main themes for the museum display areas are: old schools, logging, seasonal residents, Native American, outfitters, and natural resources. Artifacts, replicas, photos, documents, stories, and other items are available for viewing.

Although the museum is accessible to the disabled, sections of the log floor in the stalls are uneven. A lift has yet to be installed for access to the upstairs restroom.

The museum is operated by the Seeley Lake Historical Society which is a non-profit organization, dedicated to increasing knowledge and understanding of the history of the Seeley-Swan Valley.

Directions: The Seeley Lake Historical Museum is located on the ground floor of the historical barn, about a mile south of Seeley Lake along Montana Highway 83. It is on the northwest corner of the Double Arrow Golf Course. We are 57 miles northeast of Missoula. A visitor center is located upstairs.

Seeley Lake Historical Museum and Visitor Center
2920 Highway 83, Seeley Lake, MT 59868

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  • Cultural
  • Education
  • Exhibit
  • Heritage
  • Historic
  • Lewis and Clark
  • Museum
  • Tour
  • Air Conditioning
  • Parking
  • Public Restroom
  • Tour
  • Unescorted Tour

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