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“Nice Jewel In The Hill Country!”

The Museum of Western Art
Ranked #2 of 22 things to do in Kerrville
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Museum of Western Art, formerly the Cowboy Artist of America Museum, is open Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. It is located 65 miles NW of San Antonio just off I-10, and is a short drive from downtown Kerrville. Larger-than-life style western bronzes dot the exterior grounds. There are several galleries inside (allow 90 minutes to go through), showcasing artwork by craftsmen and women who have devoted their artistic career to preserving the legends of the American West. Young children will enjoy the Journey West Children's Gallery, a hands-on interpretive experience of life on a wagon train. A small museum store sells prints and original art done by local artists along with other western memorabilia. An extensive western research library is on site as well. An annual art sale and exhibition is held each fall.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed October 24, 2013

Some amazing bronzes and paintings. I'm not a major museum goer, but really enjoyed this place. It's small enough that you can go through in an hour, if you're not reading everything. Be sure and have the docent explain the buildings unique features as that is really interesting. Price is very reasonable and grounds are peaceful and have some very large bronzes. Worth the visit.

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Reviewed October 22, 2013

The museum was extremely beautiful and in a pretty location. There were many large rooms that dedicated themselves to the different art and sculptures and were well organized and placed. The children's room and cute and it seemed like there were a lot of things for the kids to do. The staff knew a lot about the art and their history. They were also very helpful and gave us a lot of information. Overall, it was a very good experience and I would definitely go back.

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Reviewed October 17, 2013

If you love cowboy art this is the place for you. While paintings may be the main attraction, there are also a good many bronze sculptures to see. There is even a section for the kids which teaches them about early settler life. The museum is a work of art in its own right with beautiful mesquite wood floors. There is a research library with some surprising titles if you have more than a little time to spend. The staff is helpful and pleased to answer questions. They have art prints for sale in a range of prices that anyone can afford. A good, educational way to pass the day when on vacation.

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Reviewed October 13, 2013

Even if Art doesn't float your boat, the building is neat, the old stagecoaches, saddles and guns are worth a look.

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Reviewed October 9, 2013

This is a really interesting place. The mesquite floors and the architecture of the building are worth the admission price. When we were there, only one other couple was in the museum.

The collection is interesting, though not spectacular. The docent was anxious to share lots of information about both the building and the art. There is a really nice children's area for early elementary school-aged children.

We were able to see the entire collection in about 20 minutes--I can't remember the admission price, but just be aware that this is probably not an afternoon-long activity.

Thank McGlamma
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