Museum staff and volunteers create at least one new interpretive exhibit per year. We also occasionally host traveling exhibits. These are the changing exhibits currently on display.

Pull Up a Chair: Tales from the Seats of History

An exhibit of twenty-eight chairs from the museum’s collection; each chair tells a unique storyIMG_1563 about local people or businesses, including the Northern Pacific Railway.  Short labels give a summary of each chair’s story and its full history is interpreted in notebooks that accompany the exhibit. SLiving room furnitureeveral photographs of people in chairs are displayed on exhibit walls as well as in the notebooks. 

A fainting couch, grinding bench, hand-forged dining room chair, sidesaddle, ox-hide ranch chair, potty chair, convertible stroller/highchair, a mangle’schair, 63 Ranch rocker, barber chair, railroad-related chairs, and others are included. 

Visitors will have the opportunity to vote on their favorite chair and story; results will be posted and periodically updated in the exhibit notebooks and on the museum’s Facebook page.

Located in the Pioneer Room.


 

Gardiner: Through the Lens of Time

IMG_1560The exhibit includes primarily black and white prints of Gardiner, Montana, a small town in southern Park County that was built at Yellowstone National Park’s northern boundary, and the surrounding area. It focuses on the residents of the area and their livelihoods in the early twentieth century living on the edge of the world’s first national park. The town was built in part in anticipation of the Northern Pacific Railway arriving at its border, which it did after a twenty-year delay, in 1903. These photos and more are included in the museum’s 2016 republication of A Photo History of Gardiner, Jardine, and Crevasse. The book is available in the museum’s gift shop.

 

Located in the Expeditions Room.


Communication Exhibit

Communication Exhibit

Communication: A Changing Conversation

A fun exhibit that explores the changing arc of communication technology, interpreting a wide array of artifacts that include telegraphs, train order hoops, letters, diaries, mass media (newspapers, magazines,), typewriters, teleIMG_6707.smphones and a phone booth, phonograph, television, camera, the cell phone, and more.

Interactives include a postcard station, old newspapers and magazines to read (they’re highly entertaining), an opportunity for visitors to think about thought-provoking questions posed about communication and how it affects our lives today, and then pen an answer to a card and deposit it in an exhibit mailbox.

This exhibit was a collaborative project with Park High students enrolled in Community 360 class, funded by Mountain Sky Guest Ranch.

Located on the second floor landing.

 


 

One Hundred Years Ago in Park County

To commemorate the National Park Service (NPS)’s centennial in 2016, IMG_5639.smthis special exhibit enhances your museum experience.IMG_5637.sm It looks back at what was happening in Yellowstone National Park and in Park County, Montana during 1916, providing context for the changes taking place in the park as protection changed from the US Army to the new agency. Park administration, concessions, and transportation changes are highlighted as well as local businesses operating at that time, recreation, education, clothing, and generally what life was like for residents of the county. The exhibit will be updated, moving the focus forward in time.

Located in the Expeditions Room.


On Fire: Structural and Wildland Firefighting

The progression of firefighting history in Park County and Yellowstone National Park, including the park’s epic fires of 1988, is interpreted. Fire suppression artifacts, compelling stories of fire and firefightersFIreCrew in Livingston there is another pic attached with this file sent by Norm, and stunning photography are included; expert fire-safety tips are available to take home. Youth can try on firefighter helmets, jackets, and boots or visit the Smokey Bear web site while at the museum. Visitors are surrounded by a lodgepole pine “forest” while a slurry bomber replica flies overhead.

Located on the first floor landing.

 


Honoring Park County Veterans

Visitors enjoying new WWI exhibit.

Ray Yardley served in WWI.

Ray Yardley served in WWI.

A chronological presentation of veterans’ inspirational and poignant stories, their photographs, uniforms, as well as souvenirs and spoils of war. Dating from the Civil War to present day, the exhibit pays homage to local servicemen and women. The home front during World War II is also interpreted.

On Veterans Day 2017 museum staff and volunteers opened a new  First World War exhibit, featuring new stories about servicemen and women, large-format photographs by John C. Haberstroh of soldiers in Livingston, and many WWI artifacts.

The museum actively gathers veterans’ stories and adds new components to its military exhibit every other year. If you or your family members are past or current Park County residents and have stories to contribute, please click Veteran’s Form for a downloadable page you can complete and return. 

Located in the Pioneer Room.


Re-creating an Ancient Technology: Modern-Day Flint Knapping

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To create this exhibit, local flintknappers manufactured more than 300 points from lithic material (rock) using the same techniques and tools that early American Indian artisans used.

Three impressive cases interpret the process: the evolution of points and their names over time, the process of flint knapping, and a collection of raw lithic material paired with finished points.

A large map of Montana showing lithic source locations complete the exhibit.


Located on the second floor landing.