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: 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, telephones 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.
The Art of Tom L. Roberts & 1916: One Hundred Years Ago in Park County
To commemorate the National Park Service(NPS)’s centennial in 2016, two special exhibits enhance your museum experience.
A special exhibit of beautiful, large oil paintings by Tom L. Roberts will be on display. Roberts’s paintings depict explorers and fur trappers in and around the Yellowstone region, before the world’s first national park was created in 1872. Accomplished art teacher, painter, and park ranger (twenty-year career in Yellowstone National park), his paintings are richly detailed and thoroughly researched.
An exhibit that looks back at what was happening in Yellowstone National Park and in Park County, Montana during 1916 provides 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 firefighters, 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
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.
The museum actively gathers veterans’ stories and plans to feature new stories in the future. 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. The evolution of points and their names over time, the process of flint knapping, a collection of raw lithic material paired with finished points, and a large map of Montana showing lithic source locations complete the exhibit.
Located on the second floor landing.