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Located in the former bachelor's quarters of a 19th-century U.S. Calvary post, at one of Yellowstone's most famous visitor centers, the Albright museum provides a retrospective view of American mountain life. Its exhibits on Native American history, American mountain pioneers and the exploration and founding of the country's first national park each tell a separate story about the history and significance of Yellowstone. The second floor exhibits highlight Yellowstone's natural history. There is also a short video on the evolution of the national park concept.
Complementing the exhibits are two separate art galleries. The Moran Gallery highlights the detailed works of watercolorist Thomas "Yellowstone" Moran, who visited Yellowstone as a member of the Hayden expedition in 1871. His meticulous drawings and paintings became synonymous with the awe often equated with Yellowstone's beauty - thus his affectionate nickname. Moran's diary from the exhibit is also available for viewing and provides a glimpse into the genius of one of America's most respected landscape artists.
The Jackson Gallery exhibits the photographs of Henry Jackson, who also accompanied the expedition in 1871. Although he was recognized both for his photography and his colorful and painstaking depictions of early western life, Jackson was an impassioned photographer. His photographs are credited with helping to solidify support for Congress's dedication of Yellowstone National Park.
The museum also features a Yellowstone National Park Association bookstore. The Mammoth Springs (Albright) Visitor Center and museum are open year round.
Visitor Center facilities
Location: Five miles south of north entrance, northwest end of park
Phone: (307) 344-2263
Seasonal hours: Year round; late August-late May 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Late May - late August 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Accommodations available: Hotel and campground available. Norris Geyser Basin (21 miles south) has a campground and Tower Roosevelt (18 miles east) has a lodge, cabins and campground.
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Compass American Guides: Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks, 1st Edition by Brian Kevin. Fodor's Compass American Guides have a new design and practical information you need to make the most of your visit to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Easy-to-use practical information you need to get around and experience the best of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Order now...
The Concise Visitor's Guide to Yellowstone by Matt Bolton. Sized perfectly for backpacks this guide offers specifics on food, what to see, children's activities, weather, wildlife, seasonal road closures, ranger programs, visitor centers, what differentiates each section of the park and more. Filled with information, phone numbers, web sites, and detailed maps this is the tool to use when planning a trip to Yellowstone. Order now...
Moon Spotlight Yellowstone National Park by Don Pitcher. 80-page compact guide covering must-see attractions and maps with sightseeing highlights. This lightweight guide is packed with recommendations on sights, entertainment, shopping, recreations, accommodations, food, and transportation, as well as easy-to-read maps. Order now...
National Geographic Park Profiles: Yellowstone Country by Seymour L. Fishbein. Yellowstone Country tours the stunning region that includes Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, a mosaic of national forests, wilderness areas, wildlife refuges, countless waterfalls, hot springs and two-thirds of the world's active geysers. Order now...
Yellowstone Treasures by Janet Chapple. Easy-to-understand scientific explanations and diagrams complement detailed travel tips. This revised edition includes 270 pages of road logs and enhanced information for senior and disabled visitors and tips for visiting the park with children. Fully revised geological, historical, and practical information. Order now...
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