Inside Glacier National Park's museum storage facility is a diverse range of objects and specimens. There are approximately 600,000 items related to Glacier's natural and cultural history within the park collection, including photographic prints and negatives, original Lake McDonald Lodge furnishings, documents, maps, architectural drawings, herbarium specimens, and fossils.
The park museum collection and archives are open for research to historians, writers, genealogists, and the general public by appointment.
Information can also be found at the park’s George C. Ruhle Library in West Glacier. The research library contains a large collection of published works concerning the history and the management of the park.
Every park site has a collection, making the National Park Service a huge repository of items important to the cultural and natural history of the country. You can virtually explore the NPS Museum Collections.
The basic objectives of Glacier's museum program:
Researchers are encouraged to complete their preliminary research at libraries with a broader topical focus before approaching the archives at Glacier National Park.
Researchers should submit a request by mail, phone, fax or email to the museum office ahead of time, detailing their research project to the curatorial staff. Requests for materials should be submitted with enough lead time to allow for the evaluation of the request and the scheduling of curatorial staff to oversee the research.
Hours of Operation
Appointments for research in the museum collection or archives can be arranged between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm, Mondays through Thursdays.
Glacier National Park Archives
Last updated: September 24, 2018