My wife Sara and I stumbled across this amazing museum just outside Polson, Montana on a recent photo trip to Glacier National park. I have to admit, I’m not usually a big museum goer, so I entered this fascinating place with a bit of skepticism. It was an experience like no other! This 5-acre museum/park contains over 300,000 pieces of Americana that will just blow your mind. The main building took us almost an hour to go through, and I couldn’t stop taking pictures of all the unique pieces of American history and culture. Many of the items represented the times when my wife and I grew up (1946-1964) but also included tons of memorabilia from our parents’ times during World War II.
FOUNDER GIL MANGELS
Gil spent decades gathering items for his museum before finally opening the doors in 1985. The museum continues to receive donations of memorabilia from people all over the country.
FIVE ACRES OF MUSEUM GROUNDS
The museum has over 300,000 items housed in over 40 separate buildings. Many items are simply displayed outdoors in various setups.