About the Museum
The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame is the only museum in the world dedicated to honoring women of the American West who have displayed extraordinary courage and pioneer spirit in their trailblazing efforts. It includes interactive exhibit galleries that feature artifacts of the permanent collection, a traveling exhibit gallery, two theaters, gift shop, and a research library and archives. Currently, the museum’s archives house more than 4000 artifacts and information about more than 750 remarkable women.
Second Floor Renovation
The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame unveils plans for a $5.5 million renovation of its second floor beginning February 5, 2018. As the only museum in the world dedicated to honoring women of the American West who have displayed extraordinary courage in their trailblazing efforts, the extensive renovation will enhance its mission by exploring the special bond among the horse, women, and the West, as viewed through the lens of many Cowgirl Hall of Fame Honorees. The second floor will be closed from February 5th, 2018 to Spring 2019, when the new galleries are set to open.
Hitting the Mark: Cowgirls and Wild West Gallery
The Hitting the Mark: Cowgirls and Wild West Shows gallery displays the historical significance of the cowgirls who performed in the Wild West shows from the 1880s to early 20th century. Visitors will be able to:
- View archival footage projected on several hanging glass screens and colorful images of Wild West posters
- Glass showcases featuring rare artifacts including Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show parade flag, which is preserved by a Tru Vue Optium Conservation Grant from the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation and Tru Vue, Inc.
- Interactive activities for adults and children as well as computer-enhanced archival photographs that uniquely bring the time period to life
- Annie Oakley shares her story in her own words through the magic of hologram technology
- In addition, her wedding ring, hand written letters, and the one of the shotguns she used while traveling with Buffalo Bill Wild West Show are on display
Anne W. Marion Gallery
The Anne W. Marion Gallery is named after 2005 Cowgirl Honoree Anne Windfohr Marion in honor of her steadfast support of the Western lifestyle and preservation of Western heritage as well as her patronage of the arts.