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Roger Tory Peterson Institute


An Official Path Through History Site! Home to the largest collection of Roger Tory Peterson’s original artwork, films, slides and papers, the Roger Tory Peterson Institute (RTPI) honors his legacy by exhibiting art inspired by the natural world. Born and raised in Jamestown, New York, Peterson became the premier artist-naturalist of his time. He is best known for his pioneering field guides that sparked a worldwide movement to connect people with nature as never before. In 1984, RTPI was founded in Peterson’s hometown of Jamestown to preserve his lifetime body of work. A decade later, the Institute cut the ribbon on its new home – a 23,000 square foot architectural gem, designed by Robert A.M. Stern. The building – nestled within 27 acres of wooded land that inspired the young Peterson to fall in love with the natural world – hosts three major nature art exhibitions each year.



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