Yellowstone Art & Photography Center

Yellowstone Art & Photography Center

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The Yellowstone Art & Photography Center celebrates the role of art and photography in the preservation of Yellowstone National Park and all public lands.

Park visitors are welcome and encouraged to participate in all activities. Programs are free and open to the public and include supplies.

Stop by to purchase art and photography supplies, participate in daily hands-on activities, or peruse the art gallery featuring historic and contemporary works of art and photography with Yellowstone National Park as the subject.

Located in the Old Faithful area between the Visitor Education Center and Old Faithful Lodge, the center is open 7 days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The YA&PC opens this year on May 23, 2020 and will close September 30. For more information, please contact us at 406.848.2400.

Summer Schedule

The Yellowstone Art & Photography Center is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Staff-led painting activities run daily at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Check out the full schedule of summer activities by clicking the button below.

See the Summer 2019 Activity Schedule


Art was a major force in the successful efforts to create the world’s first national park, Yellowstone. Thomas Moran’s paintings and drawings and William Henry Jackson’s photographs helped convince Congress in 1872 that this place was exceptionally beautiful and valuable. Art has continued to inspire people around the world to preserve places for spiritual rejuvenation, educational opportunities, scientific inquiry, and connection to the beauty of the natural world.

Artists-in-Residence for Yellowstone Forever live and work in Yellowstone and engage with park visitors and gateway communities. Read more about our 2019 Artists-in-Residence.

Learn more about our artist-in-residency programs

2020 Plein Air Invitational

The third annual Yellowstone Plein Air Invitational, September 22-27, 2020, celebrates the current and historical presence of art in Yellowstone.

Some of the nation’s best artists will paint “en plein air” (outside on-site) for five days in various locations throughout Yellowstone National Park. Park visitors have the opportunity to attend daily painting demonstrations and a paint-out that gathers all artists to paint in one location.

Learn more about the 2020 Plein Air Invitational

Downloadable Art Activities

Art and photography are integral parts of the Yellowstone experience. These worksheets from Yellowstone Forever and the National Park Service are a great way to engage your creative spirit while learning about the world’s first national park!

Download these fun activities for your family