Museum Architecture: The Building
Our museum architecture is an artful complement to our exhibits. 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 museum architecture 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.
Outdoor Museum Architecture: 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.