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
Norris Geyser Basin Museum is located in the US
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
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 Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  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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