National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, Wyo.

Perched above the Elk Refuge and two miles from Grand Teton National Park, the National Museum of Wildlife Art features more than 5,000 items of animal art.
By Staff,
National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Courtesy photo

Perched above the National Elk Refuge and two miles from the Grand Teton National Park entrance, the National Museum of Wildlife Art features more than 5,000 items of animal art.

Here are seven reasons to visit this national gem.

See: Chief by Robert Bateman

Robert Bateman (Canadian, b. 1930), Chief. 1997. Acrylic on Canvas. 71 x 98 inches. Gift of Birgit and Robert Bateman, National Museum of Wildlife Art

Why: “It’s one people really associate with us,” says Jennifer Weydeveld, museum marketing director. “It’s a painting of a bison that’s moody and beautiful.”

See: Exploring Wildlife Art- National Museum of Wildlife Art Gallery Reinstallation

Opens May 16, 2017

Edward Hicks (American, b. 1780), The Peaceable Kingdom. Oil on Canvas. 21 7/8 × 27 1/4 inches. Given at the behest of Anonymous Museum Benefactors. National Museum of Wildlife Art.

Why: From ancient 2,500-year-old Native American bird stones to a Georgia O’Keeffe painting, this gallery reinstallation features new stories exploring people’s relationship with wildlife and nature. “What makes our museum unique is its niche,” says Jennifer Weydeveld, museum marketing director. “It’s rare to have a museum that focuses on a specific subject matter. To celebrate wildlife from all over the world and do it in a place that’s so special is unique.”

See: Thomas Moran’s Paintings

Why: In 1872, Moran’s paintings of the Yellowstone area helped persuade Congress to designate Yellowstone as the world’s first national park.

Eat: Palate Restaurant in the Museum

Why: Enjoy food to match the views from Graeme and Christine Mara Swain who own Jackson’s Gather Restaurant. Palate opens in May 2017.

Do: Yoga on the Trail

Why: Visitors can do a free yoga class on the museum’s Sculpture Trail every Thursday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. July 13- Aug. 31, 2017.

For more information:
(800) 313-9553, (307) 733-5771
2820 Rungius Road, Jackson, Wyoming 83001
wildlifeart.org