Photograph featuring founding members of the YCM, 1956.

 

Opened to the public in 1956, the Yellowstone County Museum offers its visitors an astonishing array of cultural artifacts and one of a kind memorabilia drawn from the earliest days of the pioneer into the mid 20th century. Housed inside of the historic McCormick Cabin, the Yellowstone County Museum is a treasure trove of American history inside and out. 


The McCormick Cabin was once home to a pioneer family in the early days of Billings.  Paul McCormick built the cabin in 1893 for his family. The little log cabin was a center for festive gatherings and Thanksgiving dinners, holding anywhere between 60-70 guests. The house later became the home of Will McCormick, nephew of the builder, until 1931 when it was acquired by the Elliott family. Then in 1947 Mrs. Nellie Elliot sold the cabin to the YWCA. The McCormick property was later sold to Socony Vacuum Oil, who offered the cabin back to the Billings community for use as a museum. The cabin was moved to its current post across from the Billings Airport, and has faithfully watched over the Yellowstone Valley since 1956. The cabin serves as the entrance into the Yellowstone County Museum, offering up a slice of Billings history before you even walk through its door. 

The McCormick Cabin was once home to a pioneer family in the early days of Billings. 

Paul McCormick built the cabin in 1893 for his family. The little log cabin was a center for festive gatherings and Thanksgiving dinners, holding anywhere between 60-70 guests.

The house later became the home of Will McCormick, nephew of the builder, until 1931 when it was acquired by the Elliott family. Then in 1947 Mrs. Nellie Elliot sold the cabin to the YWCA. The McCormick property was later sold to Socony Vacuum Oil, who offered the cabin back to the Billings community for use as a museum. The cabin was moved to its current post across from the Billings Airport, and has faithfully watched over the Yellowstone Valley since 1956. The cabin serves as the entrance into the Yellowstone County Museum, offering up a slice of Billings history before you even walk through its door. 

 

Our Mission

The mission of the Yellowstone County Museum is to collect, preserve, research and interpret the natural history and diverse cultures of the Yellowstone Valley of Montana and the Northern Plains. We share this legacy through a full range of exhibits and educational programs for the enrichment of the cultural and intellectual life of our community. 


The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future.
— Theodore Roosevelt