People have been exploring the unparalleled scenery and bountiful wildlife of this corner of northwest Wyoming for millennia. Native people began visiting the region over 11,000 years ago, valuing this ecosystem for its natural resources and as a site of spiritual importance.
Europeans began to explore the area approximately 200 years ago. Most famously, in 1871, the Ferdinand V. Hayden Expedition arrived with a mission to document the wonders of Yellowstone. Photographer William Henry Jackson and painter Thomas Moran returned from the expedition with images that helped convince the U.S. Congress to establish Yellowstone as the world’s first national park in 1872. Other parks along the Rockies soon followed, including Glacier National Park in 1910 and Grand Teton National Park in 1929.
Paintings and sculptures of these iconic parks and the wildlife thriving within their borders are presented here. This region remains a haven for artists and sight-seers drawn to its intact ecosystems, dramatic scenery, and plentiful wildlife.
Wolves: Photography by Ronan DonovanThrough April 29, 2023
This exhibition features the impactful work of National Geographic Explorer and photographer Ronan Donovan. Created by National Geographic Society and the National Museum of Wildlife Art, this exhibition will display images and videos—highlighting the contrast between wolves that live in perceived competition with humans and wolves that live without human intervention.See the Exhibit
For the Love of CaninesThrough August 27, 2023
For the Love of Canines questions humans’ relation and fascination with canines, whether love or loathing, through works of art from the Museum’s permanent collection.See the Exhibit