National Museum of Wildlife Art

This lovely museum is located on a hill overlooking the National Elk Refuge (picture of a portion of the refuge meadow below) in Jackson Hole, WY.

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After all the art museums sweet husband and I have visited (and they are legion) we have learned that the landscaping, setting and building foretell the beauty within. This is no exception. It is small in comparison to some we have seen, but the building, landscaping, setting and included works rate a ten-plus.

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The building is designed to blend into the hillside with native rocks. Each door handle is made of giant Elk antlers. The form is of ancient, western architecture. It is surrounded by a sculpture trail designed by renowned landscape architect Walter J. Hood. The sculpture trail introduces fine art sculpture into the fabric of Jackson Hole’s incomparable landscape. Sculptures of wood, granite and bronze play with light and the different seasons offering an ever-changing view of art in the wild. There are over sixteen different sculptures on this exterior trail. I have pictured only a few.

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The interior features art of wildlife by American and European artist of the last two centuries. Again, I have included only a sampling of the many great works.

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If you find yourself in this area, make a point of driving up the hill, past the Elk Stampede. After viewing the sculpture garden and the gallery, exit the front to enjoy a breathtaking view of the surrounding refuge from their shaded terrace.

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2 thoughts on “National Museum of Wildlife Art

  1. Donni Ybarra says:

    Beautiful memory for us, too! We came out of Yellowstone for the day and did not have reservations, and ended sleeping in our Yukon in the state park just across and up the road from the preserve. When we woke up in the morning, there was a huge moose right next to our vehicle! Wow, what a site! Blessings, Donni

    Sent from my iPhone

  2. SonFlower says:

    That would have blown my socks off for sure!
    Everything up here is just beautiful. We plan to actually sleep in our minivan next week up in Montana near a town named Red Lodge (way up in the mountains).
    Blessing to you and yours.

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