Exotic April “Staycation” Offers Free Fun for Jackson Hole Locals March 31, 2014  |  Categories: Education, Events

National Museum of Wildlife Art First Sunday program provides a cultural mini-getaway

Film and art go wild at the First Sunday “staycation”: PBS’s “Animal Odd Couples” film (left) explores some interesting animal friendships. The museum’s “Elegy” exhibition includes the photograph “Cheetah & Cubs” (right) © Nick Brandt, 2012, Courtesy of Hasted Kraeutler Gallery, New York.


Jackson Hole, Wyoming – March 20, 2014 – Jackson Hole locals ready to abandon snow sports for a day of cultural fun can enjoy a free “staycation” courtesy of the National Museum of Wildlife Art’s April First Sundays event on April 6, 2014, from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wildlife on film and gallery walls will allow museum visitors to step outside their everyday experience, with movie screenings throughout the day, as well as a chance to explore the five art exhibitions currently on view at the museum.

“With exhibitions displaying larger than life depictions of lions, tigers and cheetahs, and films that include cougar tracking in Jackson’s own Tetons backyard, our April First Sundays program offers a sort of exotic getaway right here in Jackson Hole – thus our ‘staycation’ theme,” says Director of Programming and Exhibitions Becky Kimmel. “Plus, the price is right,” she adds with a smile.

Films on view in Cook Auditorium will include “North America: Born to be Wild,” a journey through some of the exotic wildlife at large in North American backyards; “American Cougar,” taking a look at Panthera’s Teton Cougar Project; and “Animal Odd Couples,” delving into some hilarious yet touching cross-species relationships. All three

films are presented courtesy of the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival.

The First Sundays free museum admission includes an opportunity to tour current exhibitions on display: Darwin’s Legacy, Collectors Circle XV, Elegy: The African Photography of Nick Brandt, 2001 – 2008, Conservation Gallery, and Wonder Cabinet: A Collection of Curiosities.

First Sundays, which occurs the first Sunday of the month throughout the year, offers free National Museum of Wildlife visitation to area locals. The April First Sundays program is possible through the sponsorship of Wells Fargo.

A member of the Association of Art Museum Directors and the Museums West consortium and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the museum, officially designated the National Museum of Wildlife Art of the United States by an act of Congress in 2008, provides an exciting calendar of exhibitions from its permanent collection and changing exhibitions from around the globe. A complete schedule of exhibitions and events is available online at The museum is also active on Facebook and on Twitter at @WildlifeArtJH.

Media Contacts: Darla Worden, WordenGroup Strategic Public Relations, 307.734.5335,