Just a short 2. 5 mile drive north of Jackson, Wyoming resides the artistic treasure that is the National Museum of Wildlife Art. The beautiful building was inspired by a Scottish castle and blends into the hillside on which it rests. This awesome structure has found a perfect home in the wilderness with a spectacular view of the National Elk Refuge. It is this home that features more than 550 artists and 5,000 artworks from all periods of American life, from ancient Native American periods to modern times. The museum is complete with a Sculpture Trail, a gift shop, and a library.
That is only a tiny fraction. In all there are fourteen display galleries, an interactive children’s gallery, a café, a member’s lounge, multiple classrooms, and a 200-seat auditorium. The museum is open to all every day from 9 am to 5 pm. (It is closed only on Thanksgiving Day, Veteran’s Day, and Christmas Day.) The museum was first founded in 1987. It was originally located in downtown Jackson with the name Wildlife of the American West. It moved, reinvented itself, and has since risen to immense popularity. Today it boasts an average of 80,000 visitors.
It specializes in education. It an especially popular destination for elementary to high school field trips. However, the museum is not dedicated to childhood education alone. It is fully equipped for educational experiences for all ages. It even has a graduate internship program. It has done so well at this that in 1994 it was honored with the Wyoming Humanities Award for its work in wildlife education. The U.S. government has even signed a bill recognizing its work and its esteemed role in American life.