History & Museums

West Yellowstone’s history is as rich as your imagination. The area was first developed with the construction of the Union Pacific Railroad. This small Montana town witnessed the evolution of traveling into the world’s first national park with stagecoaches, dog sleds, Model T’s, snow planes, and more!

At the Museum of the Yellowstone , view historical displays, vintage park transportation, and see films about the fires of 1988 and the earthquake of 1959. Interactive family activities include guided walking tours, programs, and films offered daily.

Explore the self-guided West Yellowstone Historic Walking Tour at your own pace along the Oregon Short Line Historic District. Pick up a brochure at the museum and follow the Painted Bear Paw Trail along the sidewalks to discover unique treasures at each location.

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