Second Floor Renovation

    The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame unveils plans for a $5.5 million renovation of its second floor that began 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 5, 2018 to March 9, 2019, when the new galleries are set to open.

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    Hitting the Mark: Cowgirls and Wild West Galleries

    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

    Exhibition Rental

    Hard Twist: Western Ranch Women by Barbara Van Cleve

    Exhibition of 62 black and white photographs celebrating the lives of ranch women from the norther Rockies to the Mexican border. Additional artifacts available from featured women upon request.

    The Cowgirl Who Became a Justice: Sandra Day O’Connor

    The exhibition features family and public-life photos, ranch artifacts on loan from the Day family, and selected editorial cartoons.

    Past Exhibitions


    Constance Jaeggi: Aspects of Power, Light and Motion
    September 29, 2017 – February 4, 2018

    In her debut exhibition, artist Constance Jaeggi highlights the horse as a dynamic being by using aspects of light and shadow to both capture a sense of motion and sculpt a scene. Jaeggi photographs horses inside her studio, uninhibited by halters or restraints, which allows her to accentuate the characteristics and personalities of her subjects. The exhibition runs September 29, 2017 to February 4, 2018 in the Anne W. Marion Gallery located in the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame. For more information click here.

    2nd Floor Renovation Preview
    June 23 – September 17, 2017

    At the National Cowgirl Museum, we know it’s never just a horse. Come see our preview for our second floor renovation which includes artist Ashley Collins’ large-scale work, Compilation of a Thousand Stories. This work encapsulates the theme of the future exhibition as will be seen when paired with the renovation images. The public is also invited to participate in the exhibit by sending photographs of their favorite horses. For more information click here.

    Pure Quill: Photographs by Barbara Van Cleve
    November 18, 2016 – May 7, 2017

    Barbara Van Cleve, 1995 National Cowgirl Hall of Fame Honoree, is nationally known for her photographs of western landscapes, ranchers, cowboys, and cattle women. This newest exhibit of her work includes 37 stunning black and white photographs captured by Van Cleve throughout her career.


    No Turning Back: The Art of Veryl Goodnight
    July 22 – October 31, 2016

    A retrospective of the work of award-winning artist and 2016 National Cowgirl Hall of Fame Honoree Veryl Goodnight. The exhibition features 17 sculptures and 11 paintings by the artist focusing on Western women, horses, and wildlife. The exhibit is the first to display both her sculptures and paintings together and works span the breadth of her career.

    Buffalo Hill Lookout IR

    Light, Landscape and Livestock: The Photography of Nadine Levin
    March 4 – July 5, 2016

    For over 25 years, Nadine Levin has been capturing the beauty of the world that surrounds us through her innovative and elegant photography. Often riding horseback to capture her Western images, she creates a uniquely feminine portrayal of this predominately masculine and conventional world. This exhibition includes photographs from 2007 National Cowgirl Hall of Fame Honoree Terry Stuart Forst’s 7 S Stuart Ranch as well as infrared landscape images.

    Horse 1- Signature Photo

    RODEO: Photographs by Rima Canaan Lee
    November 20, 2015 – February 7, 2016

    Fort Worth photograph Rima Canaan Lee, who was born in Beirut, Lebanon and raised in Hamburg, Germany, was unfamiliar with rodeo culture when she arrived in Texas. She attended the 2013 Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo almost daily during its three-week run, photographing whatever caught her eye. The results are two distinct sets of photographs: one of the rodeos, and another of the stock show. Both sets of photographs highlight an event that still carries promise of the American West.

    Grace & Grit: Visions of the West by Terri Kelly Moyers
    May 29 – November 8, 2015

    Terri Kelly Moyers, 2015 National Cowgirl Hall of Fame Honoree, has captured the hearts and imaginations of many through her stunning portrayal of women, landscapes, and wildlife of the American West. This exhibition of 28 paintings shows the wide variety of this award-winning artist’s work.