Current Museum Exhibits

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 exhibitions 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. 
2017 Featured Exhibits
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 to experience "Wonderland" in person. From entering the Park on a stagecoach to touring in a commerical tour bus, the evolution of 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 entrepenours 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.

Stage Coaches and Freight Wagons
Before the automobile revolution, it was a rough, dusty ride to get people and goods to Yellowstone. Experience a Yellowstone tour from the days of old, as you follow a stage coach through the grand loop. A number of historically refurbished stage coaches and freight wagons are on display. Make sure to see the Mount Washburn special, one of only three coaches built specifically for the trip to the top of Mount Washburn and back - and the only one of its kind currently known to still exist intact.

Wonderland by Train

Learn about the Union Pacific Railroad's role in the developement of the town on West Yellowstone, and its tradition of service to Yellowstone National Park. Includes the rare "Harriman Blue" dining china used in the Union Pacific Dining Lodge in West Yellowstone, on loan from Andrew and Judy DeBoer.