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The National Museum of Wildlife Art as seen from the northeast. For those traveling toward the Town of Jackson from Yellowstone or Grand Teton National Parks or the airport, this is the first view of the Museum.
The profile of the Museum’s building was inspired by the ruins of Slains Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, seen here.
Situated on a dramatic cliff overlooking the Jackson National Elk Refuge, the National Museum of Wildlife Art appears to emerge from the earth like a natural outcropping of rock.
View of the Museum from the southeast. This image is a good example of the architect's success in melding the profile and materials of the building with the landscape.
Constructed of rough stone to blend seamlessly into the native terrain of Jackson, Wyoming, the building captures and reflects the area's natural beauty.
The Museum includes a terrace overlooking the National Elk Refuge. This space is a popular location for lunch during the summer months.
While the Museum is more than 51,000 square feet and houses multiple exhibition galleries, the entrance to the building is modest and intimate.
The Museum's location provides a rare opportunity to view wildlife in its natural habitat, as does the artwork that pays tribute to it.
The National Museum of Wildlife Art's handcrafted totem pole, Tetons, stands twenty-three feet tall and is permanently installed in the Museum's main hall.
Sculptor, Kenneth Bunn is passionate about sculpture and anatomy. His larger than life sculpture, Silent Pursuit, watches over the entrance stairway down to the Museum's main lobby.

The Building

Situated on a dramatic cliff overlooking the National Elk Refuge, the National Museum of Wildlife Art appears to emerge from the earth like a natural outcropping of rock. The Museum’s location provides a rare opportunity to view wildlife in its natural habitat, as does the artwork that pays tribute to it.

Designed by C.W. Fentress, J.H. Bradburn and Associates of Denver, Colorado and constructed of Idaho Quartzite, the building was inspired by the ruins of Slains Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The structure blends seamlessly into the native terrain of Jackson, Wyoming, and reflects the area’s natural beauty. The resulting 51,000 square-foot building is original, contextually relevant, and timeless.

Sculpture Trail

The Sculpture Trail designed by award-winning landscape architect, Walter Hood, is the Museum’s newest outdoor art venue.  Hood’s three-quarter-mile design places sculpture against a striking Gros Ventre Mountain Range backdrop, overlooking the National Elk Refuge and includes a naturally sheltered amphitheater near the museum entrance for programs and presentations. Over time the Trail will feature over thirty permanent and temporary works of art beautifully integrated into the landscape.

The Trail branches into several meandering footpaths with bridges and staircases giving access to new vantage points and views across our hillside terrain. For easy biker and hiker access, the Sculpture Trail connects (via an underpass) to the recently constructed Jackson-to-Grand Teton National Park pathway.