Opened to the public in May of 1987, the National Museum of Wildlife Art (NMWA) is unique among American art museums, distinguished by its mission and location. With collections of nearly 4,000 works of art, NMWA strives to enrich and inspire public appreciation of fine art and humanity's relationship with nature by focusing its exhibitions and programs on wildlife. Situated on a butte in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, NMWA overlooks the 20,000-acre National Elk Refuge and is on route to Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. Wildlife art is one of humanity's earliest art forms, dating back to prehistoric cave paintings. NMWA preserves and interprets this art in one of the few remaining areas of the United States where native wildlife still roams abundantly and free.