Sun’s out, bun’s out. Jk. It’s officially Summer and the season of lightning bugs, grilling, and sunscreen is among us.
This month, we are featuring the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Yeehaw!
The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is located on 63rd St. in the Adventure District. It is a gorgeous 220,000 square feet facility, designed by Begrow & Brown of Birmingham, Michigan. It was founded in 1955 by Chester A. Reynolds. During the early 1950’s, he became fearful that the Western Heritage was being lost and thus sparked the idea to open a museum to honor and preserve the American West.
In 2002, it became a nationally recognized cultural institution. It has seen over ten million visitors from around the world. The museum features a vast collection of Western, Native American, Victorian, and Frontier Military artifacts and art.
Upon entering, you are greeted with, The End of the Trail, by James Earle Fraser. This beautiful piece stands over 20 feet tall and is quite impressive. You have to see it in person, photos don’t do it justice.
It has over 6 interactive history galleries, a very cool turn-of-the-century town, museum store, and cafe (The Museum Grill). You can also rent out spaces in the museum for weddings, business meetings, luncheons, etc.
If you haven’t been to this museum already, be sure to stop by this summer and check it out.
Wishing you a very Happy Fourth of July!