The museum is quite a beautiful place. I don't know if you can see in this picture or not, but it's kind of camouflaged into the hillside, covered with rock. It looks a lot like a fortress or castle hidden in the hill overlooking the Elk Refuge.
Then they were on to the next painting - a mountain lion.
Isn't this bison picture amazing? Looks like he's coming out of the mist. The guide shared a lot of information on each animal she led the kids to. Here she talked about the difference between horns and antlers and why bison horns don't grow very long when mountain sheep horns do. I loved that she had something for the kids to touch along the way at each stop too. She usually had a plaster cast of the footprint, and sometimes more - like a bear skull, and later on the trail, a bear skin rug they could lay on.
This huge canvas is sketched out (I think you can make it bigger by clicking on it). It was sketched out to be a waterfall, and a herd of mountain goats working their way up and around a bend. Even unfinished, the sketch is amazing. I wish I could just sketch like that!
I took a picture of the information about Rungius, in hopes you could read it if you wanted to. He did much of his painting right around the town we live in.
There is even a display case with his rifle, old camera and several photos of him on his adventures near our home. I think it means more to kids when they can connect something like a famous artist to their own location. It makes it more believable that they too could grow up to do something great.
Of course no visit would be complete without a stop in the gift shop. He ended up picking out the cougar in his left hand to purchase. He wanted to buy a whole pack of wolves, which he tells me is seven, but I nixed that idea as soon as we figured out they were more than $5 each.
They had the mobiles in fish too, which would probably be much easier to duplicate.
The ceiling has a mesh canopy with imprints of leaves on it, so it feels like you're outside.
After our tour, we all headed over to Pizza Hut for the lunch buffet. I would have taken pictures, but I was seated at the Mommy table, and thought I would look a little strange. I did make the mistake of mentioning to a good friend that tomorrow is my 40th birthday. (She had told me not to look forward to turning 50, as she has had some health issues since then.) Anyway, she thought the whole restaurant needed to know and she made them all sing! Not to worry, I won't forget her "thoughtfulness" ;)