Yellowstone Art Museum is a modern and contemporary American art museum founded in 1964 that focuses on art created in Montana (specifically, the northern Rocky Mountain and northern plains regions). The largest museum of its kind in the region, it holds a collection of more than 7,400 works of art, and offers a wide variety of programming for visitors of all ages. The museum features changing exbhititions and the first publicly accessible art storage facility in the region called the visible vault, where visitors can get a behind-the-scenes look at how curators manage and care for the collection.
The museum opened as the Yellowstone Art Center in 1964 and was located in the former county jail building. Initially, the museum operated with a budget of just $70,000 and three staff members. The museum grew in the coming years and in 1982 earned accreditation from the American Association of Museums. The museum built its new, current facility in 1998 and opened the Visible Vault in 2010. Over the years, the museum has been recognized for its success as an art institution, including receiving the Montana Governor's Award in 1995 and a number of grants. The museums remains accredited, one of seven in the state.