Thomas Moran & the "Big Picture"

September 25, 2020 - ongoing

Exhibition graphic for "Thomas Moran and the 'Big Picture'"

Artist Thomas Moran’s panoramic masterpieces, The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone (1872) and The Chasm of the Colorado (1873–1874), returned to the Interior Museum in 2020 for the first time in more than two decades. In capturing the natural beauty of Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon, Moran's monumental canvases shaped many people’s impressions of the American West in the 19th century and forever framed the discourse on public lands. Visit the Interior Museum’s recently-expanded gallery space to appreciate these iconic landscapes and learn more about how they are uniquely tied to the history of the U.S. Department of the Interior. 



  • Devices for listening to full audio descriptions of the exhibition are available to borrow for in-gallery use by contacting the museum. For visitors with personal devices, the audio description app is freely downloadable (iOS). The complete audio description tour only functions when on-site at the museum.
  • There are one-quarter scale replicas of the two Moran paintings rendered in three dimensions for tactile exploration. These are accompanied by guided audio descriptions. 
  • Visitors with Color Vision Deficiency (CVD) may borrow EnChroma-enhanced eyewear to aid in seeing an expanded range of colors more clearly and vibrantly during their gallery experience.

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