The entry is at the top of the building, giving a view of the beautiful circular common area of the art museum, gift shop, and waiting area for the Elk Refuge Sleigh Rides. More than 2,500 paintings and sculptures depicting wildlife are housed here. Some of the renowned artists represented are George Caitlin, C.M. Russell, and Carl Rungius. Many different genres of art are displayed: realistic, impressionistic, etc. Most of the wildlife featured is from the American West, but some wildlife from other places does appear. Of particular interest is the American Bison exhibit, which was originally created for Wyoming’s centennial.
The museum’s shop has high-quality souvenirs. Food is also available. The museum is open Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm and also on Sunday afternoons in the summer.
Admission is $8, seniors (60+) and students are $7, and children are free with an adult. There is an AAA discount of 10%. There is also a combination ticket for the museum and the elk refuge tour that saves $3. You can find a $1-off admission coupon and more information on the website, National Wildlife Museum.
September 6, 2005
From journal Christmas in Jackson