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The Cooke City Montana Museum opened on August 14, 2015.   Previous Museum Directors were Dee Smith from 2006 to 2011.  Cassie Ball 2011 - 2013 - Kelly Hartman from 2013 - 2019.  As of 2021 the Director is Donna Rowland. 


Kelly Hartman wrote a book titled, "A Brief History of Cooke City" if you are interested in learning more about Cooke City.  


The Cooke City Montana Museum has several permanent exhibits on the history of the three communities of Colter Pass, Cooke City, and Silver Gate as well as exhibits on the Beartooth Highway, Schooling, Gas Stations and Tourism, Women and Winter. 


The Museum is owned and managed by the Cooke City Community Council, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization.

The actual operation of the Museum is under the direction of the Museum Director.




Mission Statement:

Whereas the Cooke City Montana Museum is dedicated to the preservation and protection of objects and documents significant to the interpretation of the Colter Pass, Cooke City, and Silver Gate townships. To include the surrounding historical mining areas and geological specimens as they relate to this immediate area. To inform, educate and document the surrounding natural areas that influenced the historic daily lives of the citizens of these communities. We dedicate the collections of our local history for their inspirational, educational, and cultural values for this and future generations.

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