Yellowstone Art Museum


(406) 256-6804

Hours Tuesday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm Thursday: 10am - 8pm Open Mondays Memorial Day - Labor Day: 10am - 5pm

The Yellowstone Art Museum is a unique and important visual arts center for Montana and the surrounding region. Founded in 1964, it is now a fully accredited museum. Contact the Museum for a current exhibition schedule or visit their website: In 1984, with a major grant from the Montana Coal Tax Fund and generous donations from private individuals, the Yellowstone Art Museum began to build a permanent collection of significant contemporary art of the region. The 'Montana Collection' represents the preservation of Western art relevant to today's West, and constitutes a living artistic heritage. By 1991 there were 609 objects in the collection. Today there are over 3000, exceeding all expectations for growth and popularity. Major gifts from the estates of three prominent artists have tripled the size of the collection since 1992. Additionally, the acquisition of the Virginia Snook Collection, the largest public gathering of the drawings, paintings, books and memorabilia of cowboy illustrator Will James (1892-1942), has given the Art Museum's collection another popular dimension. The Snook collection also includes paintings and drawings by other historic regional artists, including J.H. Sharp, Charles M. Russell and others. The expanded museum will provide the physical space to present this artistic continuum to residents and tourists alike. The beautiful building which houses Montana's finest collection of contemporary regional art is also available to house your party. If you're planning a convention, a meeting, a wedding reception, or just a gathering with friends, we have the space to suit your needs.
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