Yellowstone National Park has several nearby museums that provide a well-rounded education of the Greater Yellowstone area.
300 So. Capital Ave.
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.
Buffalo Bill Center of the West
The Buffalo Bill Center of the West 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.
224 N. Broadway
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.
909 West Ramshorn
The Dubois Museum collects, preserves, and interprets artifacts and other materials including those of geologic importance, beginning with Precambrian Era and extending through the end of the timber industry in the 1980’s. The focus of the collection is on the Upper Wind River Valley, Fremont County and Western Wyoming and the Rocky Mountain Region. Artifacts may be considered from other time periods and geographical areas if those in question have exceptional qualities related to the interpretation of the Upper Wind River Valley, Fremont County, Western Wyoming, and the Rocky Mountains Region.
317 W. Main Street
Step back in time and learn about Gallatin County’s heritage. Visit the Gallatin History Museum in Bozeman, which offers a unique glimpse into the area’s past. In addition to jail cells and a hanging gallows, the museum maintains displays illustrating the unique histories of a variety of people who have called Southwest Montana home. Permanent exhibits include Native American history in the Gallatin Valley, a model of old Fort Ellis, the infamous Big Horn Gun, five generations of wedding dresses from the Accola-Spain family, and even a porcelain doll that belonged to a girl who came to Bozeman by wagon in 1864. A reconstructed log cabin stands beside Bozeman’s first steam-powered fire engine and a 30+ piece gun collection. The museum also boasts a photo archive with more than 18,000 historic images that can be reproduced for a small fee. There’s a research library that includes a special Lewis and Clark collection and files on many Gallatin County communities and families. The bookstore has hard-to-find materials dealing with the history of Gallatin County for sale at reasonable prices.
1539 Road 19
Located between Powell and Cody at the Intersection of Hwy 14a and Road 19. The Heart Mountain Relocation Center opened in August 1942 and imprisoned more than 14,000 people during its three-year existence. The last incarcerees left the Heart Mountain Relocation Center in November 1945. In August 2011, the Heart Mountain Interpretive Center opened. Through photographs, artifacts, oral histories and the interactive exhibits, guests to the Center experience life at Heart Mountain through the eyes of those Japanese and Japanese Americans that were confined here during WWII. The Center provides an overview of the wartime relocation of Japanese Americans, including the background history of anti-Asian prejudice in America and the factors leading to their enforced relocation and confinement. Special emphasis is given to the experience of incarceration, the diverse personal responses of Japanese Americans to their imprisonment, constitutional issues, violations of civil liberties and civil rights, and the broader issues of race and social justice in the United States.
324 E 1st St
Powell was named after John Wesley Powell, the United States Explorer and Engineer who master-minded the Rocky Mountain dam system. The town became the center of the Bureau of Reclamation's 1904 historic Shoshone Irrigation Project, which was one of the first federally funded irrigation and homesteading projects in the Rocky Mountain West. The last homestead drawings began after WWII when the Japanese American Heart Mountain Relocation Center closed in 1946. Land was available until 1950, making the Shoshone Project one of the longest homesteading projects in history. The Homesteader Museum celebrates this rich 50 year history through thousands of artifacts, historic buildings and photographs depicting the domestic, entrepreneurial and rugged homesteading life of the early Big Horn Basin pioneer. The beautiful museum log building was built with logs from near the east entrance of Yellowstone for the American Legion in 1933, the grand space was used as a banquet and community dance hall, roller rink and teen center. During WWII it briefly housed German Prisoners of War.
5237 U.S. Highway 89 South, Suite 11
The headquarters of the Federation of Fly Fishers currently houses the Federation’s collection of fly fishing objects, art, and books. The collection and library represent the culture and history of fly fishing and the environmental and public-policy issues affecting the sport. The majority of items are on display on walls and in cabinets. The museum has a collection of M.C. Simon watercolors, Buz Buszek Award winners’ fly plates, antique rods, antique fly books, and much more.
105 North Glenwood
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!
P.O. Box 1319 / 200 West Park Street
The historic Livingston Depot was built in 1902 as the Northern Pacific Railroad's original access to Yellowstone National Park. Its majestic colonnade and ornate architectural detail greeted travelers until 1979, when AMTRAK suspended passenger service to southern Montana. Burlington Northern, successor to the NP, briefly used it for offices until donating it to the City of Livingston in 1985. The restored depot opened as a museum operated by the Livingston Depot Foundation, a non-profit membership- based organization dedicated to preserving this monument to the Livingston area's past. The Depot Center Museum operates from Memorial Day to Labor Day, providing historic exhibits and cultural programs for the benefit of Park County residents and visitors from around the world.
P.O. Box 201201
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.
1947 State Street
Meeteetse Museums is an umbrella organization that includes the Charles Belden Photography Museum, the Meeteetse Museum, and the Bank Museum. Its promotes discovery, learning, and an appreciation of Meeteetse’s natural, cultural, and artistic heritage. This includes permanent and temporary exhibits, educational seminars, culturally-based entertainment, and organized tours to significant archaeological and historical destinations near Meeteetse. The Belden Museum features the photographic works of Charles Belden, many of which document daily life on the Pitchfork Ranch from about 1914 through the early 1940s. Meeteetse Museum contains exciting exhibits that tell the story of Meeteetse and the surrounding area. The Bank Museum is located in the newly restored First National Bank of Meeteetse, which served as Meeteetse’s bank from 1901 to 1975. It is full of interesting artifacts from years gone by that tell the story of the bank, its founders, and employees.
P.O. Box 909
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.
Montana State University
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.
P.O. Box 6825
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, and Rising Sage Café.
1.5 miles from
The Nevada City museum offers many wonderful opportunities to take in the history of the 1860s during the height of the Gold Rush days. The entrance is home to several unique music machines. Download a map of Nevada City and enjoy wandering around among old historic buildings. Take a peek inside to see many antiques and collectibles of the era. During weekends you can interact with Living History Interpreters and experience day to day life during this time period.
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.
401 N. 27th Street
The Yellowstone Art Museum exhibits, interprets, collects, and preserves art, with an emphasis on Montana and surrounding regions, for the enrichment, education, inspiration, and enjoyment of all. 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. They often host national and international touring exhibitions.
118 West Chinook Street
Explore interpretive exhibits about the area’s native cultures; early expeditions, including the Corps of Discovery and Lewis and Clark; the railway’s role in bringing visitors to Yellowstone National Park and other transportation themes, and the stories and artifacts of early-day communities. Outdoor exhibits include a one-room schoolhouse, blacksmith shop, a fleet of transportation vehicles, including a caboose. Experience special children’s activities, designed to engage families.
104 Yellowstone Ave.
The Yellowstone Historic Center Museum is located in the historic Union Pacific Depot. Exhibits tell stories of how people have journeyed to and through the region since the founding of Yellowstone National Park in 1872. The museum features stagecoaches, trains, buses, planes, and snow machines that have transported tourists from around the world. While you are here, explore the ten-acre Oregon Short Line Historic District surrounding the Depot, which includes other Union Pacific Railroad facilities built to serve park visitors. Preserving and restoring these structures is part of our vision for the future.