Second Floor Renovation FAQs


Over the past 17 years, we have changed cases, and altered two smaller galleries on the second floor, but have never undertaken a comprehensive renovation on this floor. Not only is it simply time to do so, but also this second floor renovation resumes the narrative thread from where the first floor renovation narrative stopped.
The entire second floor will be given over to our new Kit Moncrief Galleries, including our new It's Never Just a Horse exhibition. We are taking the idea of the horse, and the horse itself, as our springboard to talk about those women who are shaping the West and changing the world. We have determined that we will focus on five main areas in which the horse, women, and the West are undeniably linked. We are taking advantage of the latest developments in technology and museum design to showcase artifacts and develop educational opportunities.
It became clear to us as we undertook our research that the horse is many things to many people – and not just women. The horse can be a partner, a competitor, a muse, a lifesaver – and more: It's Never Just a Horse.
Yes! The bronc ride is a beloved attraction, and it will be updated and included.
We have engaged the architectural firm, Projectiles, for our second floor overall design:. They designed our first floor, including the innovative, 2-story mobile. Additionally, we have engaged the Projects Group and Bennett Benner Partners.
This is a 5.5 million dollar undertaking; naming opportunities are still available!
During renovation, we will not be offering school tours. Please check back with us once the second floor reopens for an engaging and unique experience for your students.

Transition Plans:

The entire second floor will be closed from February 5, 2018 until Spring of 2019.
This is an extensive renovation. All artifacts have to be removed and conditioned. Walls must come down, and the entire second floor must then be gutted and rebuilt.
No. Our admission for adults is ½ off – and discounted rates apply for other groups.
The first floor will remain open. This includes the Hitting the Mark: Cowgirls and Wild West Shows Gallery, the Anne W. Marion Gallery, the Shop at The Cowgirl, the dynamic two-story mobile, and the film lounge.
Yes. The first floor will continue to be available at a discounted rate. Please email Tommy Morton.
Yes! In fact, this is a great time to get involved with the National Cowgirl Museum as you will begin receiving our newsletter which will update you on progress, and you will be invited to preview events.
Yes. It will still be by appointment only. Please contact Bethany Dodson.