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“Kitschy Museum of 19th & 20th Century Americana”

Miracle of America Museum (MoAM)
Ranked #2 of 18 things to do in Polson
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 30 July 2014

Yes the gravel and weed parking lot fronts a museum that looks like half a dozen double wides welded together. Yes there's way more than enough kitsch for ten museums. But beneath it all is one fantastic collection of American history and this section of Montana in particular.

After you get past the huge copies of the Bill of Rights, the Constitution, and the Declaration of Independence you'll find wonderful photos and letters of early area settlers. You'll find a small but interesting collection of guns used to help settle this part of the country while feeding and protecting the new settlers who were pushing out the indigenous peoples. Do you like old bicycles and motorcycles? Dozens upon dozens of them from the late 1800s to the 1960s including many Harleys, a few Indians, and even German military BMWs with side cars from WWII ... and many of them in working condition. This museum probably has more American propaganda posters from WWI and WWII than any museum anywhere. Thought I'd seen them all before but saw several here I'd never come across. And the section on local heroes and participants of those wars along with 'Nam and the terrorist wars is moving. And these collections don't even scratch the surface of the many, many items of 19th & 20th century American memorabilia scattered throughout this rambling building.

Then just as you've finished the tour of the building you notice a door and sign inviting you out back. You open the door on an acre or so of old buildings ... post office, auto repair, school house, etc etc etc. And all full of "stuff" ... much of it rusty but much of it will remind middle aged and older visitors of a simpler time in our history.

Frankly I haven't even touched on what's here. Now I know what Stendahl felt when visiting the Uffizzi ... on a much less artistic level of course! You could literally be struck dumb! For all you hoarders out there this is proof you may actually be able to make a living off all you've collected. Seriously? Stop here. It's worth way more than the $6 adult fare.

Thank MNEAustin
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Reviewed 29 July 2014 via mobile

We stopped here on our drive between W.Glacier heading to Missoula. The owner was very welcoming & was sincere about us enjoying all museum had to offer. No matter your age this museum has something for all to enjoy. The amount of things to look at could keep you busy for hours if you have the time.

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Reviewed 28 July 2014

This is a crazy place. It is an organized hoarders dream! There is something for everyone here . . . and you could go through it many, many times and still not see it all. Use the quarters to play to various music as you walk through . . . yes, they do work! There is really no way to describe the treasures and memories this place triggers . . . just pay your $6 and enjoy. We'll go again! Be prepared to wander and walk . . . every corner is another surprise.

Thank Gwen G
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Reviewed 20 July 2014

Well, I have never been to a place like this before! Gil (the owner and curator) is a 77 year old marvel! He has been collecting since he was 5! with his first arrowhead. This is a history lesson that cannot be found in textbooks and a DO NOT MISS!!! for only 6 $$ - you will have hours of stuff to look at and touch - hopefully you will get to chat with Gil as well.

1  Thank Cate P
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Reviewed 1 July 2014

Chuck full of items from the past! Photos and historical items from the Flathead. Lots to see and cases filled with military history. Old buildings and trains, cars, boats and planes outside. It's a little worse for wear but the owner is eager to tell you all about the museum.

Thank CarnivalGatti
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