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Welcome to the National Museum of Wildlife Art

The National Museum of Wildlife Art, founded in 1987, is a Jackson Hole museum holding more than 5,000 artworks representing wild animals from around the world. Featuring work by prominent artists such as Georgia O’Keeffe, Andy Warhol, Robert Kuhn, John James Audubon, and Carl Rungius, the Museum’s unsurpassed permanent collection chronicles much of the history of wildlife in art, from 2500 B.C.E. to the present.

Built into a hillside overlooking the National Elk Refuge, the Museum received the designation “National Museum of Wildlife Art of the United States” by order of Congress in 2008. Boasting a museum shop, interactive children’s gallery, Palate restaurant, and outdoor Sculpture Trail, the Museum is only two-and-a-half miles north of Jackson Town Square, and two miles from the gateway of Grand Teton National Park.

Our Vision
Land Acknowledgment

We acknowledge that the Museum is located on the ancestral land of the Shoshone-Bannock and Eastern Shoshone peoples—with many others having historic ties to the region. Please join us in acknowledging these Indigenous communities, their elders both past and present, as well as future generations. The Museum is committed to amplifying Native voices and increasing representation in our permanent collection.

History

A rich history in our Jackson Hole community

Our history began in 1984, when 10 founding trustees chose the area, with its abundant wildlife, beautiful mountain setting, and high tourism, as a unique and appropriate setting for an art museum focused on images of wildlife. The original museum opened as Wildlife of the American West Art Museum on May 16, 1987 on Jackson’s Town Square.

By 1992, the National Museum of Wildlife Art had outgrown its three-gallery, 5,000 square-foot storefront. A capital campaign was launched to raise $10 million for a new facility and $2 million for an operating endowment. In September 1994, the Museum began a new chapter in its Jackson Hole history when it opened its new facility – a 51,000 square-foot state-of-the-art building that allowed for expanded exhibition space, museum programs, and educational programming.

Representing the culmination of a lifetime of study and collection of wildlife art by Joffa and Bill Kerr who, over a 30-year period, developed a collection of wildlife art unsurpassed in the United States, the Museum is comprised of 14 distinctive galleries, Sculpture Trail, Museum Shop, Children’s Discovery Gallery, Library, and administrative space.

The Museum’s permanent collection of over 5,000 cataloged items includes paintings, sculpture, and works on paper by over 100 distinguished artists ranging from early American Tribes through contemporary masters. The Museum’s permanent and temporary exhibitions are augmented with innovative educational and scholarly programs emphasizing art appreciation, art history, natural science, creative writing, and American history.

The Museum has become an important educational center and meeting place for the region and for those interested in Jackson Hole history. In 1994, the National Museum of Wildlife Art received the Wyoming Humanities Award for exemplary efforts in fostering the humanities in Wyoming. In 2008 the Museum received designation as the “National Museum of Wildlife Art of the United States” by order of Congress, and in 2012 the new three-quarter-mile Sculpture Trail designed by award-winning landscape architect, Walter Hood was completed. More than 65,000 people visit every year, and over 3,000 children take part in our school tour program each year.

 

Architecture

The museum blends seamlessly into the terrain, reflecting Jackson’s natural beauty.

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.

Carl Rungius
Our Staff

Staff Directory

Board Members

Board of Trustees & Officers

  • Chairman Emeritus
    William G. Kerr
  • Chairman
    Laurent Roux
  • Vice Chairman
    Lindy Sayers
  • Treasurer
    Nada Jain
  • Secretary
    Carol Linton
  • Museum Director
    Steve Seamons
Trustees
  • Richard Beck
  • Barbara Carlsberg
  • Tasso Coin
  • Sue Simpson Gallagher
  • Jim Gersack
  • Jeff Gilbert
  • Gigi Halloran
  • Mary Jane Hunt
  • Des Jennings
  • Lisa Jennings
  • Avi Kantor
  • Adrienne Mars
  • Pam Niner
  • Peter Safir
  • Charlotte Stifel
  • Caroline Taylor
  • Marcia Taylor
  • Suzanne Whitmore
Trustee Emeriti
  • Mary Barnes
  • Howell Breedlove
  • Stephanie Brennan
  • Roger Craton
  • Lynn Friess
  • Jack Fritz
  • Richard P. Johnston
  • Joffa Kerr
  • Kavar Kerr
  • Julie Obering
  • Debbie Petersen
  • Maggie Scarlett
  • Suzanne Young
Life Trustees
  • Bob Jaycox
  • Bob McCloy
  • Charlie Mechem
Reports & Documents