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“Nice collection of paintings and bronzes”

The Museum of Western Art
Ranked #2 of 23 things to do in Kerrville
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The Museum of Western Art, formerly the Cowboy Artist of America Museum, is open daily 10:00 am to 4:00 pm except Sunday and Monday. It is a short drive from downtown Kerrville. The grounds are beautiful and a winding drive leads you to the entrance, where larger-than-life style western bronzes beckon picture takers. There are several galleries inside (allow 90 minutes to go through), showcasing artwork by craftsmen and women who devote 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 section of the old west. 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. In addition there are several special art sales and exhibitions throughout the year. The Museum of Western Art is proud to be recipient of the 2015 Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor.
Kansas City, Missouri
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“Nice collection of paintings and bronzes”
Reviewed February 15, 2014

I am a fan of Western art and this was well worth the small admission price. The collection is housed in a beautiful building of timber and stacked stone. The floors were end-cut mesquite wood used as tile. I had never seen this before.

The art consisted of paintings and bronzes. Several very large bronzes were outside on the grounds The people were friendly, and the docent very knowledgeable. There is a research library and a gift shop. They have a nice sample of some of the paintings you will see on their website under the Permanent Collection link.

Visited February 2014
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andysimon1246, Board Member at The Museum of Western Art, responded to this review, February 17, 2014
Thank you so much for visiting us recently, and for taking time to write a review. We're so pleased you enjoyed our museum and our fabulous collection of western art and bronzes.

Since you enjoyed our architecture, here's a bit more you may find interesting:

"In a manner of speaking, the museum is an architectural work of art in its own right. Its unique design was initiated by distinguished Texas architect O'Neil Ford who was renowned for establishing the guiding principles of Southwestern style architecture.

Featuring heavy timbers and rugged retaining walls of stacked limestone, the building's exterior resembles a fortressed hacienda. Heroic and life-size bronzes dot the landscape of the outer grounds. Inside the 14,000 square foot facility, boveda ceilings give visitors a glimpse of artisan work rarely seen today. Floors of end cut mesquite wood and Saltillo tile are polished to a warm glow, complementing the Western artwork displayed in the galleries. In 2004, the new Masel S. Quinn Pavilion of the Western Art Academy was completed and made ready for use in the museum's art education program."

We hope you'll return again soon - and in the meantime, if you're on Facebook, please follow us for updates and special events.

Kind regards.
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Glendora, California
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“Beautiful, peaceful place”
Reviewed February 12, 2014 via mobile

Last time I visited this place was over 20 years ago. Came back again this week and due to the freezing rain and ice, we didn't want to travel far so we came here. The building architecture is beautiful. The western art and history is interesting. The docents were helpful.

Visited February 2014
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andysimon1246, Board Member at The Museum of Western Art, responded to this review, February 17, 2014
We so appreciate the time you took to write a review following your visit to the Museum of Western Art. You traveled a long way and it pleases us to know you found us to be a beautiful museum and worth the visit.

Most visitors are like you and comment on our peaceful location. As to the architecture, here is a bit more information:
In a manner of speaking, the museum is an architectural work of art in its own right. Its unique design was initiated by distinguished Texas architect O'Neil Ford who was renowned for establishing the guiding principles of Southwestern style architecture.

Featuring heavy timbers and rugged retaining walls of stacked limestone, the building's exterior resembles a fortressed hacienda. Heroic and life-size bronzes dot the landscape of the outer grounds. Inside the 14,000 square foot facility, boveda ceilings give visitors a glimpse of artisan work rarely seen today. Floors of end cut mesquite wood and Saltillo tile are polished to a warm glow, complementing the Western artwork displayed in the galleries. In 2004, the new Masel S. Quinn Pavilion of the Western Art Academy was completed and made ready for use in the museum's art education program.

Thanks again for your visit - and if you're on Facebook, please follow us for updates!
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Houston, Texas
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47 reviews
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“Worth a visit”
Reviewed January 28, 2014

I'm not a huge western art fan, but this is a nice collection in a lovely O'Neil Ford building. It's a small, but excellent collection, and situated in a very peaceful setting.

Visited April 2013
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andysimon1246, Board Member at The Museum of Western Art, responded to this review, February 17, 2014
How nice of you to write a review following your recent visit. We do appreciate your kind words and we're pleased you enjoyed the collection as well as the architecture of the museum.

Did you know we'll have our Spring Roundup Exhibition and Sale on April 26? Find more info on our website, or follow us on Facebook for updates. We'd love to have you join us - it will be a fabulous evening.

Many thanks again and kind regards.
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Dexter, New Mexico
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“Very Good”
Reviewed January 25, 2014

A wonderful selection of western art is on display. There are plenty of folks to tell you about the art and the artists. There is plenty of fantastic sculptures as well as paintings on exhibit here. If you are near Kerrville, it is diffently worth the trip.

Visited January 2014
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Mattoon, Illinois
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“Western View”
Reviewed January 23, 2014

I specificall, enjoyed the Western scenes, with emphasis on the landscapes with or without the people.

Visited January 2014
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