Museum of the Yellowstone
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Museum of the Yellowstone

Museum of the Yellowstone
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Museum on the history of West Yellowstone Yellowstone National Park open seasonally from May to October. Housed in the original 1909 Union Pacific Railroad Depot, the Museum features permanent and temporary collections telling the story of travel to Yellowstone and the town of West Yellowstone. Walking tours of the historic center are available during summer.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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kates5283
Cincinnati, OH176 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
*Disclaimer-we stayed in July 2022, but I kept getting busy with life and kids and kept forgetting to review, but they deserve the good review. Marked as Sept 2022, but we were there in July.

We had some time to kill in West Yellowstone so we decided to check out the museum. The staff was very kind and helpful. We loved seeing the stagecoach history and the movie about the fire was good for the kids to see, as our guide on our tours referenced it a lot. We really enjoyed the museum. It is small and it won't take too long to walk through, but it is definitely worth a visit. Oh, and in the summer months, it is a wonderful place full of air conditioning!
Written 13 August 2023
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Joe Alejo
South Lake Tahoe, CA246 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
the displays were great and is history filled...the docents and staff were very helpful indeed! definitely a place to not miss while visiting...highly recommender for sure!
Written 22 July 2023
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tab999
Pembina, ND298 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
Not a good museum. Don’t waste your money. Very few things to see that are original. Mostly just print in a variety of boards to read. We were very disappointed to say the least. Waste your money on the wildlife near and wolf park down the street. Much better venue.

If you read this give it a thumbs up
Written 28 May 2023
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Ronnie
Ennis, MT14 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
It is a very bad so called museum as there is nothing in display inside about the original people of the land but only the late arrivals. Saddened to see this place.
Written 9 September 2022
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JR_of_Kamloops
Kamloops, Canada166 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Very disappointing « museum ». Not much to see inside (a few interesting pieces) and a very white washed history….as if it started when the white man came. Almost nothing about the first nations that lived in the area for thousands of years. A lot of emphasis on the 1988 fire and the stage coaches, not much else. Not worth the $10 per person.
Written 31 August 2022
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Nicole A
Staten Island, NY169 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
This museum is worth visiting for a couple of reasons. The $10 admission fee is worth it to help preserve the building and artifacts, you get to see some beautiful old transportation vehicles, there are great taxidermy animals, and you get tour this beautiful station.

As others have said, there isn't a whole lot to see, but the history of the town is nice to read. The artifacts provide a nice idea as to what life was like before vehicles put an end to train travel.

The videos are well done, though the background music in the Fire video was distracting at times.

I really enjoyed my short visit to this museum and would recommend that you take a look while in West Yellowstone. You should also partake in the historic walking tour, which is self-guided. It brings you to some beautiful hotels. The BEST part of this tour is the fully-restored Pullman car which is housed in the Holiday Inn. What a remarkable piece of history this is.

Definitely support the museum while in West Yellowstone. You won't be disappointed. The one thing I will agree on with another reviewer was the very odd occurrence of an employee coming in to change the DVD right in the middle of my daughter and I watching the video. She walked in, stood in front of us, ejected the DVD and inserted a different one...without saying ONE word to us. It was beyond bizarre and bordering on rudeness. I understand that they may need to stick to a timetable for the movie schedule, but at least iterate what you're doing and why. Also, that same employee and the other employee, whose desks face one another, were speaking very loudly to each other. It made it hard to concentrate while reading the signs and other placards. Those two weird behaviors aside, I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to this museum.
Written 20 August 2022
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mlkmnsgrl
Provo, UT56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Old train stations are just neat anyway, but the displays were nicely done. Focused on the history of transportation and wildfire in the area. Down the hall in the “theater” area where a movie runs on a loop, there’s a great play space for children. There were ikea toys like wooden trucks, a tepee, and felt s’mores stuff. Also a table with butcher paper down for art. Really saved us when we were hailed out of our plans to go to the Grizzly and Wolf Center.

Entrance is good for the next day, too, and souvenir shop includes some things you won’t see in the park.
Written 16 August 2022
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Idahotraveler84
Idaho Falls, ID38 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Videos and other visual means are used to illustrate the methods of early travel to Yellowstone Park. It is located inside the renovated historic railroad station that once welcomed thousands of visitors.
Written 16 July 2022
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Gregg D
50 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
While this museum is "nice" and "interesting", I was actually disappointed in what it had to offer, or rather, what it did not have to offer. I am a huge fan of natural and American history, and I was ready to go in about 45 minutes.
Written 2 July 2022
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EllenTravels2015
Atlanta, GA53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Friends
A delightful way to spend a couple of hours on a slushy mid morning. Informative exhibits, trains and stage coach history of the early Yellowstone days, and a special exhibit specific to the 1988 wild fires. Video sessions included a broad park over which helped our planning, as well as two short feature films ( 30 minutes each) on the wild fires, as well as the 1959 earthquake. We later visited Earthquake Lake due to our earlier museum stop. Fascinating and well worth the $10 entry fee. Well done!
Written 21 June 2022
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