Madison Information Station

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A wood and stone building stands amongst conifer trees.
Madison Information Station is an example of early "parkitecture."

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Located about halfway between Old Faithful and West Yellowstone, you can stop here for park information, shop for souvenirs in the park store, attend a ranger program, or use the restrooms.

When automobiles replaced stagecoaches as the main means of transportation through the park, people were no longer accompanied by a guide. The Madison Museum was completed in 1930, and built as a "trailside museum," allowing visitors to obtain information about Yellowstone on their own.

The Madison Museum was intended to focus on park history, especially the nearby site where the 1870 Washburn expedition was thought to have originated the idea of a national park as a way to protect the thermal areas from commercial development--the "campfire story." References to the story were removed from the museum in acknowledgement of overwhelming evidence that refuted the story. However, in deference to National Park Service officials who would not abandon the story, the purported campfire discussion was commemorated in a sign placed outside the museum. The sign is still nearby.

The museums at Fishing Bridge, Madison Junction, and Norris Geyser Basin were designated National Historic Landmarks in 1982. Their exaggerated features and organic forms exemplify rustic design in the national parks and served as models for hundreds of park buildings constructed during work relief programs of the 1930s.

 


 

Visitor Services

  • Rangers who can assist with park information and guidance.
  • Book and souvenir shopping available in the Yellowstone Forever bookstore.
 

Additional Madison Area Information

 
A trail meanders through a conifer forest.

Madison Hikes

Hikes in the Madison area meander through conifer forest.

A waterfall cascades down a cliff, spreading out in a triangular shape.

Madison and the West

Check out Gibbon Falls and other sights.

A visitor used a mobility aid to travel along the boardwalks at Midway Geyser Basin.

Accessibility in the Madison Area

Learn about the accessibility options in the Madison area.

Park ranger starts a campfire at the start of a campground evening program.

Participate in a Ranger Program

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Visitors stopping by Fishing Bridge Visitor Center & Trailside Museum

Visitor Centers

Step inside a visitor center and explore the exhibits and interpretive offerings, or talk to a ranger.

Last updated: June 27, 2019

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PO Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190-0168

Phone:

307-344-7381

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