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The Peter Yegen, Jr. Yellowstone County Museum aims to preserve, collect, research, and interpret natural history and diverse cultures of the Yellowstone Valley of Montana and the Northern Plains. It shares this legacy through a full range of educational programs and exhibits for the nourishment of the intellectual and cultural life of the community.

The reception area and Lewis & Clark Fur Trading Post Gift Shop are what you will see as you enter the museum. The Lewis & Clark Fur Trading Post Exhibit has trade goods and examples of animals encountered along the Corps of Discovery Journey. Also included in the exhibit is a Corps of Discovery Map.

The focus of the Peter Yegen, Jr. Yellowstone Country Museum is the enrichment of the prehistory of the Plains/Montana through the 1950's, conduct exhibits and archives that include materials specific to 10 Northern Plains Indian Tribes, enhance western expansion, cattle/sheep herding industries, develop mining, transportation industries, military, various medical fields, household, music, textiles and personal goods.

This log cabin served as a gentlemen's hub for many years, and has been visited by the likes of Teddy Roosevelt and Buffalo Bill Cody, before it was transferred in 1949 to its current location at the entrance to Billings Logan International Airport.

One of the highlights of the museum is its rotating exhibits of both local and contemporary artists found in the Landmarks Gallery that portrays the distinct and varied culture and history of Montana and the Yellowstone River Basin. Visitors will also find a vintage steam engine and a stuffed two-headed calf exhibited in the museum grounds.

Today, the Peter Yegen, Jr. Yellowstone County Museum serves as a small Montana frontier history museum that keeps and preserves valuable works of art like the chuck wagon, barbed-wire collection, and creepy-looking tools from the city's first dentist office. A veranda affords unequalled views of the Pryor, Bighorn, and Beartooth mountains more than 100 miles to the south.
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