The Yellowstone Gateway Museum is on the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. Visit us and receive a special cancellation stamp for your National Park Service passport book. We offer interactive exhibits, a Research Center, and programming. The museum is housed in the 1906 North Side School, on the National Register of Historic Places.
Explore permanent exhibits that interpret 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.
Current temporary exhibits include: Pull Up a Chair: Tales from the Seats of History; On Fire: Structural and Wildland Firefighting; A Military History of Park County; Communication: A Changing Conversation; and One Hundred Years Ago in Park County. Upcoming exhibits include: Ice Age Mammals and an outdoor Agriculture (Farming and Ranching) exhibit.
Most of the museum is not very accessible at this time; there are two stairs to get inside the front door and stairs going up to first and second floors. There are stairs going down to the Research Library and the restrooms. Seasonal outdoor exhibits, however, are accessible.
Locally or Family Owned Notes
The museum is Park County's museum, belonging to local residents and families.