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“Great for adults - special section for youngsters”

The Museum of Western Art
Ranked #4 of 24 things to do in Kerrville
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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 13, 2008

Driving up to the Museum of Western Art sets the stage for what awaits you inside. The winding drive on well-groomed grounds meanders to a hill overlooking much of Kerrville.

The grounds adjacent to the entrance feature impressive bronze Western sculptures, and it is a nice place to walk around and take a break before entering.

Once inside, you'll find a number of galleries to explore. Oftentimes there are special exhibits going on, otherwise you will find an assortment of western-themed art of all mediums in addition to an extensive collection of bronzes.

Special fun is the "Journey West" exhibit that Ford Motor Co. sponsored. Children under 12 will be caught up in the old west as they can see and touch what a family on the journey west...see the supplies and medicines they had to take, the cookware items. Then climb aboard a full size camp wagon, explore an Indian teepee and wander into a log cabin, all the time reading about the journey through "diaries" left by a youngster making the journey. Truly a great place.

You'll probably be amazed at this hidden jewel of the Hill Country...it is high caliber and worth the trip.

5  Thank KerrCtynewbie
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