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“Surprisingly interesting!”

The Museum of Western Art
Ranked #3 of 24 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 young children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
Reviewed October 27, 2013

We were driving through the hill country during the government shut down so many or our planned destinations were closed. While I can't say I knew much about cowboy/western art we like new adventures so we stopped. The museum is a work of art in its own right, a beautiful open and full of light museum. The floors are made of gleaming mesquite wood. I wish I could remember the name of the gentleman (docent) who took us around and pointed out things we would have missed. He was friendly, and very knowledgable. His delightful enthusiasm was contagious! The museum has a variety of wonderful works of art. The museum has a very nice collections of paintings, sculptures and other interesting objects. There was an interesting "children's" display to teach about pioneer life which I admit that I enjoyed very much. I never thought about how a family would have to plan for their journey. Trying to figure out how to prioritize what was absolutely necessary yet having to fit everything in the small wagon. They also had to worry about the weight of the necessities such as water. Very interesting!
We left the museum after about one hour with a "feel good" feeling about the experience. It is interesting to see such a gem of a museum which receives no Federal funds yet is functioning beautifully!

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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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