Museums, History & Culture

Yellowstone National Park History

The first national park in the world.

Learn how Yellowstone became our first national park. Also explore the Old West culture by seeing western and ghost towns, visiting historical trails and gold mining sites, learning about Native American culture or visiting important archaeological sites.

More Culture and History

Learn about Yellowstone culture and history, including local national monuments, historical figures, and more. Read More...

Museums

Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana have many Old West and Historic Museums to visit. Read More...

Native Americans of the Yellowstone Region

Yellowstone's Native American Indian traditions can be observed throughout the park, most notably at one of several Indian reservations, where you can watch powwows and learn about local legend and history. Read More...

Yellowstone and The Old West

Travel back in time to the wild wild Old West by tracing the footsteps of pioneers, ranchers, and cowboys who made Yellowstone home. Read More...

Yellowstone Archeology

Yellowstone National Park is an obvious choice for those interested in natural history, but the area offers even more than meets the eye. Your first stop should be one of Yellowstone's many paleontological sites - from dinosaur and fossil museums to petroglyphs and pictographs on rock walls. Read More...

Yellowstone Mining & Gold Rush

Go underground to uncover Wyoming, Montana and Idaho’s gold and silver rush history with a visit to a historic mine. Or roll up your sleeves and get your feet wet panning for gold yourself at any number of active gold panning sites in the Yellowstone region. Read More...