Museum and Collections

Ceramics ca. 1930, NPS photoGrant Kohrs blacksmith shop, NPS photoClarke carving, NPS photo

Glacier National Park’s museum collection consists of items that document the natural and cultural history of the park. Approximately 600,000 items showcase a diversity of objects and specimens such as photographic prints and negatives, original Lake McDonald Lodge furnishings, maps, architectural drawings, and fossils.

The extensive archive and museum collection at Grant-Kohrs Ranch houses over 23,000 artifacts consisting of everyday objects once used by the people who lived and worked at the ranch. The site's rich breadth of artifacts—from sewing needles and linen maps to wagons and leather tack—comprise an intact material culture of one of the West's legendary cattle empires. You can view some of these artifacts online through a virtual exhibit entitled, "Cowboys to Cattlemen: Museum Collections at Grant-Kohrs Ranch," hosted on the National Park Service Museum Management Program's website.

In 2011, the 149,000 items in the collections and archives at Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument were temporarily moved to the Western Archeological and Conservation Center in Tucson, Arizona. Once the collection is stabilized and a proper museum storage facility is built at the battlefield, the entire collection will return. Existing park museum displays were not affected by the move and are still on display for visitors to enjoy.