The YHC Museum includes a wide scope of exhibits designed to appeal to the diversity of our visitors. Whether you are visiting for the first time or returning to the area, there’s always something new to see or to experience in the Museum. Our exhibits are designed for visitors of all ages, backgrounds, and cultures. Featured here are just a few of the many displays you can expect to see.
New in 2018
Ho! For Yellowstone: The Progression of Travel To and Through America’s First National Park
Since the creation of Yellowstone National Park in 1872, visitors have traveled from around the world experience “Wonderland” in person. From entering the Park on a stagecoach to touring in a commercial tour bus, the evolution of the travel through the years has influenced the experience for each visitor. Come join us and walk through the history of transportation, and share the experiences of early travelers.
Permanent Museum Exhibits
West Yellowstone: Tourists, Trains, and the Wonders of Yellowstone
In memory of Dale Koelzer, from the Montana Boys. Learn about the evolution of a small gateway community. Since the inception of Yellowstone National Park in 1872, enterprising entrepreneurs have flocked to the area. Includes a comprehensive history up to the present, with fascinating photos from the YHC photo collection. A companion book is for sale in the Museum Store.
Dumpster Bears and Old Snaggletooth
Do not feed the bear! The management of wildlife with the presence of humans continues to be an ongoing struggle for the National Parks. Learn about the history of bears in the area and meet “Old Snaggletooth,” West Yellowstone’s most famous dumpster bear.
Beanery Queens: They Came for the Job and Left with Memories
Learn about the young women who traveled to West Yellowstone to work for the Union Pacific. They sang, waited tables, and even had time for their own Yellowstone adventures.