Yellowstone National Park has several nearby museums. Anyone wishing to get a well-rounded education in all aspects of the Greater Yellowstone Area should plan to visit our museum partners while on their Yellowstone excursion. Even if it takes foul weather to send you indoors, be prepared for that rainy day by selecting museums of interest in advance.
To locate nearby museums, refer to the Nearby Museums Map.
Buffalo Bill Historical Center
The Buffalo Bill Historical Center is widely regarded as America's finest western museum. Located in Cody (northwestern), Wyoming, 52 miles from Yellowstone National Park's East Gate. The Center features a library and five internationally acclaimed museums (more than 300,000 square feet) under one roof devoted to western cultural and natural history. Admission to all five museums is good for two consecutive days.
Carbon County Historical Society & Museum
The Carbon County Historical Society and Museum is located 63 miles from the Northeast entrance to Yellowstone National Park at the base of scenic Beartooth Highway. Housed in the 1909 historic Labor Temple in downtown Red Lodge, Montana the museum is home to the Greenough and Linderman rodeo collections, Liver Eatin’ Johnston information, Waples family gun collection, an interactive coal and hard rock mine exhibit, the Carbon County archives, and much more. The staff assists with family genealogy and historic research. Summer hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Winter hours: Tuesday thru Friday - 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday - 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. and closed Sundays and Mondays.
Eagle Rock Art Museum
300 So. Capital Ave.
Idaho Falls, ID 83402
(208) 529-6666 fax
Eagle Rock Art Museum is located in downtown Idaho Falls on the river walkway overlooking the Snake River 111 miles from West Yellowstone. Open year round, the Museum features rotating exhibits of works by Idaho artists, as well as regional and nationally acclaimed artists. Visitors also enjoy an interactive Children’s Gallery, special events, and a gift shop. Open Wednesday through Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm, and Sunday from 1-4 pm. Admission is by donation.
Gallatin County Historical Society & Pioneer Museum
317 W. Main Street
The museum is located in the old Gallatin County Jail. Exhibits include a hanging gallows, model of Fort Ellis, Indian artifacts, and the historic "Big Horn Gun." There’s also a display on movie actor and Gallatin County High School graduate Gary Cooper. The Museum has a library, photo archives, and bookstore. Summer hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. FREE ADMISSION. Donations are appreciated.
International Fly Fishing Museum
215 E. Lewis Street
Jackson Hole Historical Society & Museum
Jackson Hole Historical Society & Museum is a place where the Old West is still alive. Our exhibits capture the spirit and the culture of the early days of the Yellowstone, Grand Teton, and Jackson Hole region. Our exhibits feature an outstanding collection of American Indian artifacts, as well as fur trade era tools and firearms, and items from the ranching pioneer settlement ear. The Museum is part entertainment, part history lesson. Come discover the mystery of our history!
Livingston Depot Center
P.O. Box 1319 / 200 West Park Street
Livingston, MT 59047
(406) 222-2401 fax
Housed in a beautifully restored1902 Northern Pacific railway station, the Livingston Depot serves its visitors and community as a museum and cultural center. Open late May through late September, the museum features regional and Pacific Northwest railroad history as well as special exhibits, video displays, and a gift shop. Adjacent to passing trains, the Depot is home to art fairs, blues shows, special passenger train visits, historic lectures, chocolate fests, wedding receptions, concerts, and holiday events, with whistles and the Northern Rockies for backdrop. Learn more at www.livingstondepot.org
Montana Historical Society
No visit to Yellowstone National Park is complete without a trip to the Montana Historical Society in Helena. The Society holds the premier collection of photographs of the park from its creation in 1872 well into the 1920s. F. Jay Haynes was the park's first official photographer and he left thousands of his original photos to the Society. The large Society Museum exhibit includes a re-creation of Haynes' gift shop and his original park postcards. Prints of Haynes' photos can be purchased in the Society's Photo Archives and the museum store carries many Yellowstone items. Also, Charlie Russell art and 11,000 years of Montana history.
Museum of the Mountain Man
One of the most comprehensive collections of the Rocky Mountain Fur Trade Era (1820's to 1840's) is housed at the Museum of the Mountain Man in Pinedale, Wyoming. The 15,000 square foot facility presents a visual and interpretative experience into the romantic era of the Mountain Man. It contains exhibits on the Fur Trade, western exploration, Plains Indians, and settlement of Western Wyoming. A research library has a large collection of Western literature.
Museum of the Rockies
The Museum of the Rockies at Montana State University is best known for its paleontology, geology, western history and Native American exhibits. Home of the world-class Taylor Planetarium, the museum is nationally recognized for its paleontology research and dinosaur exhibits.
Museum of the Yellowstone
Showcases park wildlife, geology, transportation, and visitation.
National Museum of Wildlife Art
The world's premiere collection of wildlife art is housed three miles north of Jackson Hole, Wyoming at the National Museum of Wildlife Art. Perched on a hillside overlooking the National Elk Refuge and the Gros Ventre Mountain range, the museum's architecture is as unique as the 4,000 works within. The museum hosts traveling exhibitions and rotates its permanent collection regularly - highlighting photography, paintings, sculptures and more. Always on view are masterworks by artists including Edward Hicks, William Merit Chase, Carl Runigus, Robert Bateman, and Bob Kuhn. Visitors also enjoy special events, a Children's Discovery Gallery, Museum Shop, Rising Sage Café and free admission for children! Call 307-733-5771 or visit www.wildlifeart.org .
Western Heritage Center
2822 Montana Avenue
The Western Heritage Center, in downtown Billings, is a regional museum interpreting and reflecting life in the Yellowstone River Valley. Located in the Parmly Billings Library building, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Western Heritage Center is accredited by the American Association of Museums. The museum has interactive exhibits and is free to all people.
Wind River Historical Center
At the eastern gateway to Yellowstone they feature spectacular views of the Wind River and Absoraka mountain ranges. Their specialties include the archaeology and habitat of Mountain Indians of the Greater Yellowstone: Mountain Shoshone or Sheepeaters, and Mountain Crow. They also have geology, Scandinavian tie-hacks, and local history exhibits.
Yellowstone Gateway Museum of Park County
Displays extensive local and Yellowstone History.
Yellowstone Art Museum
401 N. 27th Street
The Yellowstone Art Museum has one of this region's finest collections of contemporary and historic Western art. With a permanent collection ranging from cowboy author / illustrator Will James to contemporary artists like Deborah Butterfield and William Morris, they offer something for every art interest. A brand-new building that makes it easy to enjoy art, and a fresh, frequently changing exhibition program with a lot of variety ensures that a visit to the YAM is always exciting. They often host national and international touring exhibitions.
Did You Know?
The 1988 fires affected 793,880 acres or 36 percent of the park. Five fires burned into the park that year from adjacent public lands. The largest, the North Fork Fire, started from a discarded cigarette. It burned more than 410,000 acres.