Norris Geyser Basin Museum

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Norris Museum/Norris Comfort Station
Norris Geyser Basin Museum is located in Wyoming
Norris Geyser Basin Museum
Location Grand Loop Rd., Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Coordinates 44°43′34.3″N 110°42′20.8″W / 44.726194°N 110.705778°W / 44.726194; -110.705778Coordinates: 44°43′34.3″N 110°42′20.8″W / 44.726194°N 110.705778°W / 44.726194; -110.705778
Built 1929-30
Architect Herbert Maier
Architectural style Other
Governing body National Park Service
MPS Yellowstone National Park MPS
NRHP Reference # 83003362[1]
Added to NRHP July 21, 1983
Norris Geyser Basin Museum in winter.

The Norris Geyser Basin Museum, also known as Norris Museum or Norris Comfort Station, is one of a series of "trailside museums" in Yellowstone National Park designed by architect Herbert Maier in a style that has become known as National Park Service Rustic. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is one of three parts of a National Historic Landmark, the Norris, Madison, and Fishing Bridge Museums, which were funded by Laura Spelman Rockefeller's grant of $118,000.[2][3] Built 1929 - 1930, the Norris Museum is sited on a hill between the Porcelain Basin and the Back Basin of Norris Geyser Basin. Its central breezeway frames a view of the Porcelain Basin for arriving visitors.

The 94-foot (29 m) by 20-foot (6.1 m) museum consists of two rectangular sections divided by the breezeway, which is roofed by a prominent jerkinhead gable., framed in massive logs. The pavilions to either side are of shingle-coveredframe construction on a massive stone base. A stone and concrete terrace surrounds the building.[3]

A nearby comfort station or toilet is included in the National Register nomination. It was probably built in the 1930s.[3] With the construction of a modern facility the one story log structure is now used as a bookstore operated by the Yellowstone Association.

The museum exhibits focus on geothermal geology, features of Norris Geyser and plant and animal life in thermal areas.

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. ^ ""Architecture in the Parks: A National Historic Landmark Theme Study: Norris, Madison, and Fishing Bridge Museums", by Laura Soullière Harrison". National Historic Landmark Theme Study. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-02-26. 
  3. ^ a b c Culpin, Mary Shivers (November 11, 1982). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory - Nomination Form" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2009-07-20. 

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