Open House 2019
1:00 PM13:00

Open House 2019

The Yellowstone County Museum (YCM) is celebrating 65 years of preserving, protecting, and interpreting the natural history and diverse cultures of the Yellowstone Valley and the Northern Plains. The open house takes place Saturday, April 20th from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. Admission is free. Billings Airport short term parking tickets will be stamped at the museum for free parking.

The museum includes the McCormick Cabin, originally home to a pioneer family in Billings. It was transported along the Rims in 1954 and opened to the public as a museum in 1956. Located atop the Rims at 1950 Airport Terminal Circle, across from the Billings Logan International Airport, the cabin serves as the entrance into the expanded museum.

The museum offers visitors an astonishing array of cultural artifacts and one-of-a-kind memorabilia from authentic Native American objects to keepsakes from the earliest pioneers through the mid-20th century.

Our anniversary celebrates an exhibit dedicated to the early Emergency Services of Yellowstone County. Other current exhibits include a tribute to the Billings Baseball Preservation Society, the involvement of our brave Yellowstone County soldiers in WWI, historically significant firearms of the region, and “Waiting for the Earth to Move” – the nation’s largest public display of Ghost Dance regalia.

YCM’s open house takes place Saturday, April 20th from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. The museum is located at 1950 Airport Terminal Circle. For more information, call Terry Steiner, Director at the Yellowstone County Museum, at (406) 256-6811.

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Howlin' at the Moon 2017
6:00 PM18:00

Howlin' at the Moon 2017

Fall has arrived and the moon is waxing - it's time for our annual Howlin' at the Moon fundraiser! Please join us on the museum's deck for an evening of dinner, drinks, music, and fellowship. This year we are also adding a live auction with some BIG PRIZES you DON'T want to miss!

This year's Howlin' at the Moon commemorates the 100th Anniversary of the United States of America joining the War to End All Wars. 1910s and WWI era costumes are encouraged!

Please call or visit the museum to purchase your tickets.


  • Week-long stay on St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands (beach house, pool, lobster dinner with excruciatingly good wine, island tours, and more included!!)
    ***UPDATE: With the devastation of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, our focus on St. Croix has shifted. In lieu of offering this trip, we will be taking a collection to support relief efforts in the U.S. Virgin Islands.***
  • Winchester Model -94 .30-30 Lever Action Rifle
  • 2 Round trip flights with Cape Air
  • and more!

Want to bid but can't make it to the event? We are accepting phone bids! Please call the museum for details.

Free parking available at museum and airport short term lot (bring parking pass to museum for validation).

Thank you to our 2017 sponsors:

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Exhibit Opening: Waiting for the Earth to Move
11:00 AM11:00

Exhibit Opening: Waiting for the Earth to Move

At a time of political and cultural turbulence, the 1890s Ghost Dance offered hope to the downtrodden tribes of the American Southwest and Plains. It promised Native Americans an escape from the oppression of white settlers and the federal government. They looked forward to a cataclysmic renewal of the earth that would herald the return of the bison and the resurrection of their ancestors.

Yellowstone County Museum's new exhibit features the Larry Williams Ghost Dance Collection, the largest assemblage of Ghost Dance objects on display in the world. The evocative imagery of Ghost Dancers' clothing and regalia captures both their pain and their anticipation of a better future.

Join us on Saturday, February 18th as we celebrate this new exhibit with a reception.

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Explorations and Discoveries of George Bird Grinnell
1:00 PM13:00

Explorations and Discoveries of George Bird Grinnell

The great West that George Bird Grinnell first encountered in 1870 as a 21-year-old man was shortly to disappear before his eyes. Nobody was quicker to sense the desecration or was more eloquent in crusading against the poachers, the hide-hunters, and the disengaged U.S. Congress than George Bird Grinnell, the “Father of American Conservation.”

Grinnell founded the first Audubon Society, co-founded the Boone and Crockett Club with Teddy Roosevelt, and led the effort to establish Glacier National Park. Audiences will travel back in time to the 19th century, listening to Grinnell’s own words as taken from his field journals, memoirs, personal correspondence, and newspaper editorials. Presented by Hugh Grinnell. 

Join us at the museum, where history, entertainment, and refreshments await you! No admission fee.

Parking is available at museum or airport short term lot (bring parking pass into museum for validation).

This event is presented in collaboration with Humanities Montana. For more information on supporting this organization, please visit

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