This is a great museum especially if you like the Old West. There is a virtual "old timey" city display complete with lots of period shops to explore. My kids loved it. Other areas of the museum included pottery, fashion, and art and sculpture exhibits that children might not enjoy as much as adults.
I, myself, enjoyed the museum quite a bit. My family and friends enjoyed it as well. I don't think the museum was as interesting for those of us who aren't too into the "country scene," but it was fun, nonetheless. I would suggest this place to anyone who is looking for a museum to take their kids to.
Beautiful museum! It was both elegant and friendly. We have been twice now, once on a school field trip and again when my mother came out to visit. Both times we got to see something new, as they have an area for exhibits to visit. The first time was a guitar exhibit, the second was the annual art auction. For a museum that receives NO federal funding they have done an amazing job keeping things fresh and entertaining. There is even a town that the kids can play in and let off some steam, though a warning for those with younger children, it is kind of dark in there.
We went to the Cowboy Museum as pat of a paid roadtrip by Country Inns and Suites and probably never would have thought to visit it otherise. I am so glad we did! It was so much fun. There was an area with cowboy fashion through the years, a area dedicated to the rodeo, an are dedicated to cowboys and Hollywood, and plenty of cowboy art. While this was all very interesting and worth the visit alone, the best parts were the building dedicated to kids and the Old West Town.
The kids area had interactive exhibits that tought children about cowboy life and native american culture. There was a dress up area where kids could try on boots, chaps and hats which was too cute! Sounds of a cattle run echoed through the building giving it a more authentic feel.
The Old West town was amazing. It really felt like we had traveled back in time. There was a bank, livery, saloon, school, jail, store, church, and many other building to explore. It was truly the highlight of the visit.
If you are a cowboy lover or a city kid like me, you will still find something to love about this museum. I only wish we could have spent more time there!
Kids who are interested in cowboys/cowgirls and the wild west will really enjoy this museum. My nephew especially liked the rodeo exhibit, which gives visitors a close up view of what its like to be in the rodeo. Parents interested in the art of the American west will enjoy the museum's collection of painting and sculpture.
We were driving through and decided to see what this museum is all about. Though I really enjoyed learning about the western heritage and seeing the art, it was a run through with the kids. There is a center for the children though, and that was fun. It had dress up clothes, a chuck wagon, a pretend camp out area. Basically a lot of areas for pretending to be a cowboy. The other part that they really liked was the old boom town at twilight. It was an indoor space that looked EXACTLY like an old western town, and you could just walk through and explore the different stores. THat was my favorite too and we spent a lot of time in there. Overall there were some really fun areas, but also a lot of more adult geared areas.