special events

first fridays

Come to the YAM to enjoy a unique artistic experience every First Friday of the month!

Meet a local artist, listen to the sounds of a talented musician, participate in a stimulating lecture — every First Friday is different. Every First Friday museum admission is free from 4 – 8 PM. 

First Friday at the YAM
Master Printer: Robert Blackburn Gallery Talk by Richard Nelson

Friday, May 5 | 5 PM Reception, 6 PM Gallery Talk

Richard Nelson worked, taught, lived, and cleaned up at Bob Blackburn’s Printmaking Workshop in New York City from 1977–1990. The friendship developed with Bob and experiences made with the artists of the workshop formed an indelible impression on him of the value of both artists and art as part of humanity. This talk will be a quick roller-coaster ride of the scene at the workshop and Bob’s role in providing a nurturing home for artists from around the world. Richard now lives in Bozeman with his family trying to carry on with the values he learned during these formative years.

gallery conversations

Artist’s Talk: Barbara Van Cleve
Thursday, June 1, 2023

Join us for an Artist’s Talk with Barbara Van Cleve on Thursday, June 1, 2023, 5 PM Reception and 6 PM Artist’s Talk.

Museum admission is free on Thursdays from 5 – 8 PM

YAM Travel

Contemporary Art in Chelsea and Beyond: New York City

Experience the vibrant contemporary art scene in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City this summer with the Yellowstone Art Museum!

An exclusive small group tour for YAM Contributor Level Members with Jessica Kay Ruhle, Executive Director of the Yellowstone Art Museum.

We invite you to travel to New York City with us to visit the Jaune Quick-To-See Smith: Memory Map a retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art which prominently features two works from the YAM’s permanent collection. This tour will be guided by the exhibition curator, Laura Phipps, Assistant Curator at the Whitney Museum.

Additionally, trip participants will enjoy tours of the contemporary art galleries in Chelsea, the public art installed along the High Line, and visits to the Museum of Modern Art and Museum of Arts and Design. Travelers will have options to include a performance at the Metropolitan Opera (Swan Lake, July 11) and a Broadway show.

The trip price includes all museum and gallery experiences, tour-related transportation, and two shared meals at celebrated restaurants in Chelsea.

We hope you will join us for this special, behind-the-scenes tour of the Chelsea contemporary art scene. Complete your enrollment online today!



Cost is $985 per person and includes all museum experiences, tour-related transportation, and a celebratory group meal in Chelsea. The price does not include hotel (see below), airfare to NYC, or transportation to and from the airport. Tickets to the Metropolitan Opera (Swan Lake, July 11) and a Broadway Show (July 13) are optional.


Museum staff will be based at the centrally located Fairfield Inn & Suites, NYC Midtown/Penn Station. Travelers wishing to stay at the Fairfield Inn should reserve their room directly through the hotel or their preferred third-party travel site. Live locally or prefer a different hotel? No problem. However, trip participants not at the Fairfield Inn will be responsible for their own morning transportation.


Email Precious to make your reservation today! With room for only 10 guests, space will fill quickly. Registration is only open until June 11.

This exclusive tour is available to current YAM Contributing Level Members and above. If you are not already a Contributing Level Member, that annual membership will be added to the cost of your trip registration.

Questions? Please contact Precious McKenzie at 406-256-6804 x225.

yam free days

In addition to First Fridays of each month, where Museum admission is free from 4–8 PM, YAM also has the following day when admission is free:

Valentine’s Day
Tuesday, February 14, Free Admission

International Museum Day
Thursday, May 18, Free Admission

Will James’s Birthday
Tuesday, June 6, Free Admission

Educator Day
Saturday, October 7, Free Admission

Indigenous People Day Observed
Sunday, October 8, Free Admission

Veterans Day
Saturday, November 11, Free Admission

YAM members can visit the Museum free-of-charge year-round.

Blue Star Families

National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families

The Yellowstone Art Museum will proudly participate in the Blue Star Museum program, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the U.S. Department of Defense. The Blue Star Museum program provides free admission to the YAM, and other museums across the country, beginning on May 20, 2023, Armed Forces Day, through September 4, 2023, Labor Day, for all active- duty military personnel and their families, including the National Guards and Reserves. We thank our military and their families for their commitment and service.

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masquerade at the yam

When: Saturday, October 28, 2023

The most creative and awe-inspiring Halloween party in town, Masquerade at the YAM, is back Saturday, October 28, 2023 with another night of entertainment, live performances, dancing, mystics and so much more!

Guests will enjoy cocktails, local brews, and creative appetizers by Raven’s Café D’Art as they show off their costumes in the beautiful, historic (and maybe haunted…)


When: Friday, December 1 & Saturday, December 2, 2023
Friday, December 2 from 4 – 8 PM
Saturday, December 3 from 10 AM – 3 PM

The Yellowstone Art Museum is again hosting WinterFair on December 1 and 2, 2023! The Arts and Craft Market will showcase local artisan vendors throughout the museum featuring hand-made goods and more. Start your holiday shopping locally by visiting the YAM’s WinterFair.