The Best Things to See at the National Museum of Wildlife Art

Photograph of bull elk sparring at the National Museum of Wildlife ArtLocated inside a 51,000-square foot, state-of-the-art building, the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, attracts thousands of visitors each year. Originally founded in 1987,  the museum is now comprised of 14 galleries, an outdoor sculpture trail, a library, and a variety of other facilities that are dedicated to preserving and showcasing wildlife art from around the world. Just a 15-minute drive from the Bentwood Inn, guests can spend an afternoon at the museum and learn more about natural history, art conservation, wildlife biology, and much more. Here are some of our favorite things to see at the National Museum of Wildlife Art.

Spend a Day at the National Museum of Wildlife Art

1. The Collection

Featuring over 550 artists and 5,000 items, the museum’s extensive collection explores the history of wildlife in the American West through art. The works date from 2500 b.c. to present day and feature a wide variety of media, including paintings, sculpture, photography, and more. Although the collection is primarily European and American pieces, the museum recently acquired works from Africa and New Zealand.

2. Sculpture Trail

Designed by award-winning landscape architect Walter Hood, the three-quarter mile sculpture trail is a must-see when you visit the museum. In addition to breathtaking views of the surrounding area, the trail features nearly 30 works of art in a variety of styles and even offers live music, theater, yoga, and other programs throughout the year. The trail is free and open to the public.

3. Western Visions

Each September, the museum hosts Western Visions, the facility’s largest and longest-running fundraiser that’s comprised of multiple events. Guests can attend an artist party, luncheon, and even a silent auction that features a wide selection of art for sale, with proceeds benefiting the museum. This year’s fundraiser kicks off on September 7, 2016, and runs through October 9, 2016.

Other Great Museum Attractions

When it’s time for lunch, feel free to stop by the Rising Sage Café, located inside the museum. Here, guests can enjoy a full-service meal on the terrace, complete with sweeping views of the National Elk Refuge and Sleeping Indian Mountain. Then, make your way to the Museum Shop where you’ll find everything from books and accessories to fine jewelry and posters that make the perfect gift or souvenir. The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9 AM to 5 PM and Sundays from 11 AM to 5 PM.

Come Home to the Bentwood Inn!

When planning your trip to the National Museum of Wildlife Art, be sure to book your stay at our beautiful Jackson Hole bed and breakfast! Surrounded by Grand Teton National Park and the National Elk Refuge, you can experience our area’s spectacular native wildlife at the museum and up close – and we’ll even plan an unforgettable viewing experience for you! Plus, all of our guests enjoy a scrumptious, gourmet breakfast each morning, so you’ll feel refreshed and ready for whatever the day may bring. We can’t wait to hear about your trip to the museum!

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