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.

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.

People of Yellowstone

Jim Horan, author Ruth Crocker, and photographer Steve Horan at the opening of the People of Yellowstone exhibit.

Jim Horan, author Ruth Crocker, and photographer Steve Horan at the opening of the People of Yellowstone exhibit.

The exhibit includes 25 large, black and white portraits of people from the recently published book, People of Yellowstone, by Steve Horan and author Ruth W. Crocker. Subjects in the exhibit and the book include those who maintain its wildness, capture it in photographs, lead expeditions, collect scientific data, wrangle horses for trail rides, document seismic activity, study wildlife, rescue stranded hikers and much more throughout the Yellowstone National Park’s 3,468 square miles.

The book includes 87 portraits and real-life stories, and was recognized by the Turner Foundation as a project supporting preservation of the environment, and was approved by Yellowstone Forever.  The book is available in the museum gift shop. See details about the book at                                                                                             

Located in the Expeditions Room.


1916: 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 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.

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


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.