Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana

Museum Hours:   Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana Open!!  

Thursday, Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m

Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Others by appointment –

We greatly appreciate all of our visitors and want everyone to be safe.  We have implemented safety precautions and are ready for you to visit!

Museum Contents
The displays contain hundreds of Western Plains Indian items that depict the past life of all the Tribes of Montana and surrounding states. These items are not reproductions, but true artifacts. Because the Flathead Reservation was opened to homesteaders, the displays also represent the life of cowboys and early settlers, the fur trade and the Blackrobe missionaries.

Schools, Tourists, and Residents
Part of the Ninepipes Museum’s mission is to make this history available to the schools throughout the area and students from other states and countries with tours conducted by Bud Cheff, the founder and other volunteers and board members.  This allows the very unique opportunity to know firsthand the stories that accompany the objects. We host educational outreach programs to the area’s schools as well as the Flathead Reservation Boys and Girls Club. The museum is an invaluable resource for educating our children and for assisting the area through tourism. The Ninepipes Museum of Early Montana is an excellent source for Geo-travelers, as it enhances the geographical character of the area, including the environment, heritage, aesthetics and culture for all who visit, tourists and residents.

Going Forward
Our ongoing goal is to expand our facility, programs and contents, and to continue to improve our standards as a quality museum.  We invite you to become a member. This will keep you updated on our progress and other events including historical tales through the quarterly newsletter.

Gift Shop
Visitors are sure to find something in our museum gift shop that represents our local culture and history. We carry a wide variety of quality items at a range of prices, from books, jewelry, blankets and craft supplies, to clothing and fine candies made in Montana. The museum has a great selection of cards, posters, and prints by local artists, native beadwork, traditionally tanned hides, handcrafted bows and arrows, and more.  We are looking forward to bringing more items to you virtually this fall so keep checking back.

We look forward to your visit!