Norris, Madison, and Fishing Bridge Museums

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Norris, Madison, and Fishing Bridge Museums
Norris, Madison, and Fishing Bridge Museums.jpg
Clockwise from left: Fishing Bridge, Madison, Norris
Location Norris Geyser Basin, Madison Junction, and Fishing Bridge, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Built 1929
Architect Herbert Maier, et al
Architectural style Other
NRHP Reference # 87001445
Significant dates
Added to NRHP May 28, 1987[1]
Designated NHL May 28, 1987[2]

The Norris, Madison, and Fishing Bridge Museums is a conglomeration of three separate "trailside museums" within Yellowstone National Park which together make up one National Historic Landmark of the United States.

The three elements are the Norris Museum, the Madison Museum, and the Fishing Bridge Museum. The Madison and Norris Museums are separated by a distance of 14 miles (23 km), while the Fishing Bridge Museum is more than 40 miles (64 km) away from the other two by road. All three were designed by architect Herbert Maier in a style that has become known as National Park Service Rustic.[3]

A fourth museum, the Old Faithful Museum of Thermal Activity, also designed by Maier, was built at the same time. It was demolished in 1971 to make way for a new visitor center, which has itself been replaced.[4]

The surviving museums were collectively declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987.[2][5]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b "Norris, Madison, and Fishing Bridge Museums". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-02-26. 
  3. ^ ""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. 
  4. ^ Old Faithful Historic District: A Brief History and Walking Tour (NPS brochure). National Park Service. August 2010. 
  5. ^ Laura Soullière Harrison (1986). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: Norris, Madison, and Fishing Bridge Museums" (pdf). National Park Service.  and Accompanying 45 photos, exteriors and interiors, from 1985 (32 KB)

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