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Helena

Montana Historical Society

No visit to Yellowstone National Park is complete without a trip to the Montana Historical Society in Helena. The Society holds the premier collection of photographs of the park from its creation in 1872 well into the 1920s. F. Jay Haynes was the park's first official photographer and he left thousands of his original photos to the Society. The large Society Museum exhibit includes a re-creation of Haynes' gift shop and his original park postcards. Prints of Haynes' photos can be purchased in the Society's Photo Archives and the museum store carries many Yellowstone items. Also, Charlie Russell art and 11,000 years of Montana history.