America’s premier institution of Western history, art and culture, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum presents the evolving history and cultures of the American West. The holdings extend across fine art, pop culture, and firearms to Native American objects and historical cowboy gear. The exceptional collection of classic and contemporary Western art includes paintings, sculptures, illustrations and graphic art, by artists including Albert Bierstadt, Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell, and features sculptor James Earle Fraser’s magnificent work, The End of the Trail.
The Museum hosts the annual Prix de West invitational exhibition of over 300 Western paintings and sculpture by the finest contemporary Western artists. Each year the Museum acquires the Prix de West Award winner for the permanent collection for display in a dedicated Prix de West gallery of paintings and sculpture.
Additionally, he exhibition wing houses a turn-of-the-century town and interactive history galleries that focus on the American cowboy, rodeos, Native American culture, Victorian firearms, frontier military and Western performers. Outside, beautifully landscaped gardens flank the Children’s Cowboy Corral, and interactive children’s space.
Whether you go or not, A Western Legacy: The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum , presents for the first time in one volume numerous color images of the museum’s signature artworks and artifacts, selected for their rarity, superior quality, or historic importance, each accompanied by an interpretive essay. These include examples of western art by Charles M. Russell, Frederic Remington, and others; stunning boots, chaps, and saddles; a diverse selection of traditional and fine art by American Indians; military artifacts; antique photographs; an assortment of rodeo trophies; superlative firearms; and memorabilia from the entertainment world.
From its vantage point in Oklahoma City, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum commands a rare view of the American West. In half a century it has grown from a Hall of Fame honoring the American cowboy to a world-class institution housing extraordinary collections of art, artifacts, and archival materials. A Western Legacy celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of this premier museum, offering both an institutional history and a captivating collection of photographs representing its extensive holdings.
Works by a Native American artist who produced hundreds of works during a brief career
Images, stories and details celebrate the communities of late 1800's central Oklahoma
Variety of items that have seldom been “out of the vault”
Small drawings provide a glimpse into Ryan’s high school and Coast Guard years
Step into the classroom for a transformational experience of how to see and experience art
300+ Western paintings and sculpture
Saddle, bit and spur making, silversmithing, painting, sculpture, and more