Norris Geyser Basin: Visitors Center and Museum

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Norris Visitor's Center and Museum

The Norris area of Yellowstone National Park has unique and historic visitor facilities, the Norris Basin Geyser Museum and the Museum of the National Park Ranger.

Norris Geyser Basin Museum
This historic structure was built in 1929-1930 and is now considered a National Historic Landmark. Built of stone and log, it is one of the prototype buildings found in the Park that other structures through the country are based on. The other prototype buildings include the Fishing Bridge Museum and the Madison Museum.  

  • Location – Located ¼ mile east of Norris Junction just off the Grand Loop road
  • Open – Late May through late September
  • Hours – 10:00 am – 5:00 pm daily
  • Services – Information, bookstore and exhibits on the geothermal features of Yellowstone

Museum of the National Park Ranger
Another historic structure that was actually torn down on site and rebuilt staying true to the original design and using the same construction materials, the Museum of the National Park Ranger is housed in the Norris Soldier Station.  

  • Location - Located ¼ mile east of Norris Junction just off the Grand Loop road
  • Open - Late May through late September
  • Hours – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily
  • Services – The exhibits here trace the development of the professional park ranger. There is a video shown during the summer season at regular intervals.

 
The staffing at the Museum of the National Park Ranger consists largely of retired National Park Employees. They are an interesting group of people to talk to who have lived the history of the professional park ranger first hand.

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