Dr. Roger Tory Peterson was a premier artist and naturalist that worked to connect people with nature. He was best known for his nature field guides including his first, A Field Guide to the Birds.
About a 15-minute drive from Chautauqua County Jellystone Park™, the Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History located in Jamestown, NY, Dr. Peterson’s hometown, is a museum for Dr. Peterson’s work including a collection of his nature-oriented artwork, photographs, manuscripts and other material from his life’s work. The Institute also features a 27-acre nature preserve featuring a number of trails.
The museum features rotating exhibitions, as well as a number of events including guided tours through the gallery and outdoor tours throughout the grounds. The museum is open Wednesday — Saturday: 10am — 4pm; and on Sunday 1pm — 5pm. The grounds and trails are open to the public seven days a week, dawn to dusk.