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National Museum of Wildlife Art

2820 Rungius Road

The museum is unique among American art museums, distinguished by its mission and location. With collections of nearly 4,000 works of art, the museum strives to enrich and inspire public appreciation of fine art and humanity's relationship with nature by focusing its exhibitions and programs on wildlife. Situated on a butte in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the museum overlooks the 20,000-acre National Elk Refuge and is on route to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks.


Samuel Hebda

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
GREAT DISPLAY - WORTH A VISIT!! Beautiful observation deck, great view of the valley with a free telescope to use!! Gives you a good understanding of the local wildlife and you get to see the changes in human perspective over time. PRICE$$: You can get discount on the somewhat hight prices if you are a child, student, vet, military, or senior person which brought our groups price per person down to around $7 instead of the usual $12 per adult. LAYOUT: The layout is scattered but small enough to make sure you can see everything in at least 2 hours if you don't linger. DISPLAYS: There is a very informative display about invisible boundaries and the affect on wild life migration patterns in Yellowstone area that is eye opening. There are interactive displays and videos that convey the scale of the Yellowstone ecosystem very effectively. You get to see almost first hand how animals are oblivious to the "boundaries" of the park. The display is on loan for a few seasons I believe so go check it out if you're in the area this year!! (2018) There is also a statue of the mythical Hercules taming the stallions, which was made by the same man who sculpted the famous mount Rushmore faces. KIDS: kids will definitely enjoy the visit to the museum. Not only is is small enough so they won't get bored, but there's plenty of interactive displays and interesting pictures. There is an entire section for kids with workshops and play areas. Great thinking!!

Jason Rushin

Tuesday, July 10, 2018
I thought this would be a cheesy tourist trap, but I was SO WRONG! This place blew me away! The art was amazing, the exhibits ranged from the history of wildlife art to an exhibit on animal migrations, and there were animal pieces from 2500 BC and paintings from the 1600s. They do a great job of providing backgrounds on the artists and eras, and even detail how wildlife art changed over the centuries and why different scenes were popular. There are even 2 areas for children to learn and play. Definitely worth a stop if you even slightly like art, and be sure to bring the kids! Plus, amazing views of the Elk Reserve from their deck.

Candice Stevenson

Thursday, July 12, 2018
This museum is very well laid out and in a beautiful location that overlooks the National Elk Refuge. There's a little bit of interpretation along with each piece and the art is arranged in periods and by featured artist which allows some comparison. Some galleries are dedicated to meaningful interpretations of current ecological challenges and the roles that artists play in telling that story. It's very compelling and thought provoking.

JB Davis

Sunday, June 24, 2018
Unfortunately we got there too late to do more than blitz through the museum (dang United Airlines delaying us nearly 12 hours) but the staff allowed us in at no cost. The works were beautiful. I really enjoyed the sculpture.


Tuesday, May 8, 2018
This is worth taking a half-day to visit. More than just a collection of animal paintings, it places wildlife art in its historical context, explaining the shifting views on nature and wildlife during the artists' lifetimes and how these are reflected in their work - in addition to the intersection of subject matter with popular atistic styles such as the Impressionist movement. Most of the pieces are paintings, but there are also sculptures and photography. It broadens the perspective to see that concerns over wildlife issues - and conversely, the role of nature in the life of man - are not merely a modern phenomenon but that people have been grappling with these questions for a long time. I would place this museum on the same level as any inner-city institution.

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