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Bike to the Museum! April 17, 2014  |  By Rachel Pettengill

Spring is the perfect time to come up to the Museum and soon the pathway will open, allowing visitors to bike here from town. The Highway 89 bike path reopens on May 1, just two weeks away!

So dust off your bike and consider riding instead of driving. Only 2.5 miles North of town square, it’s an easy route and you’re sure to see wildlife along the way. Watch for elk, mule deer, wolves, and coyotes tucked in the hillsides and roaming through the National Elk Refuge. As you come up Rungius Road to the Museum, pay attention to the charming marmots scurrying around and hiding behind rocks. Once inside, our galleries showcase remarkable artworks that feature local wildlife. In the Collectors Circle XV exhibit, look for Three Elkby painter and naturalist Titian Ramsay Peale.  Another favorite in that gallery is Len Chmiel’s Life Imitates Art.  This oil painting depicts a deer shadow cast against a cliff side. These works were purchased by the Museum’s esteemed Collectors Circle members and will be on display through June 1.

Titian Ramsay Peale Three Elk, 1869. Gift of the 2009 and 2010 Collectors Circles, National Museum of Wildlife Art.

Len Chmiel, Life Imitates Art, n.d. Gift of the 2002 Collectors Circle, National Museum of Wildlife Art. © Len Chmiel.

Plan to see the Museum’s current exhibits and receive a $2 discount off admission by riding your bike! It’s our way of rewarding you for using environmentally friendly transportation. And don’t forget to keep an eye out for deer and elk along the way.

Rachel Merrell, Assistant Director of Development

 

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