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Western Explorers Summer Camp: Animal Adventures

Cougars, eagles, bears and more lurk within the gallery walls. Don’t be surprised at the many hiding in plain sight. Adventurers will sharpen their eyes and tune their ears as they explore wildlife in art. Create animal-themed crafts, identify pelts and tracks and play some wild games. Caution – they are closer than you think! Register Now Western Explorers Summer Camp offers children ages 6 – 10 opportunities to learn, play and create at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage...

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Curator Conversations: Artists Affecting Public Policy: Yellowstone

The 1871 U.S. Geological Survey to “Colter’s Hell” in Wyoming included painter Thomas Moran and photographer William Henry Jackson. The images that Moran captured with paintbrush and Jackson with his camera were shown to the U.S. Congress and resulted directly in the creation of Yellowstone National Park. This “conversation” discusses this series of events in 1871 – 1872 on the sesquicentennial of Yellowstone National Park. $5; free for Museum members. Registration requested. Click Here to Register.

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Date with the Duke: Big Jake (1971)

In 1909 New Mexico, ruthless outlaw John Fain and his gang attack the opulent McCandles ranch. More than ten men, women and children are killed or seriously wounded, including Jeff McCandles, whose nine-year-old son, Little Jake, is kidnapped. To help track down the kidnapped boy, and to deliver a massive $1 million ransom, Martha McCandles sends for her estranged husband to venture out into an unforgiving land where neither the mighty Texas Rangers nor the army dare to enter. With...

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Signature Tour

From Albert Bierstadt’s glowing landscape Emigrants Crossing the Plains to pieces by Frederic Remington and Charles Russell, see some of the finest Western art in the country. View ethnographic material from Native Americans and mountain men and learn about frontier military life. Round out the tour with a look at the evolution of the working cowboy, from the range to their portrayal in film and pop culture. Walk away with a better understanding of the diverse cultures that have shaped...

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Signature Tour

From Albert Bierstadt’s glowing landscape Emigrants Crossing the Plains to pieces by Frederic Remington and Charles Russell, see some of the finest Western art in the country. View ethnographic material from Native Americans and mountain men and learn about frontier military life. Round out the tour with a look at the evolution of the working cowboy, from the range to their portrayal in film and pop culture. Walk away with a better understanding of the diverse cultures that have shaped...

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Read the West Book Club: Yellow Bird

When Lissa Yellow Bird was released from prison in 2009, she found her home, the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota, transformed by the Bakken oil boom. In her absence, the landscape had been altered beyond recognition, her tribal government swayed by corporate interests and her community burdened by a surge in violence and addiction. When Lissa learns that a young white oil worker, Kristopher “KC” Clarke, had disappeared from his reservation worksite, she became particularly concerned. Her pursuit of Clarke...

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Western Explorers Summer Camp: Heart for the Arts

Perfect for the art-loving child! Young artists will explore the Museum’s galleries, create original artworks and showcase their masterpieces in a special exhibition on the last day of camp. Campers will learn about the Museum’s collection while honing their skills in print making, watercolors, clay and more. Museum educators will inspire your child to look closely, experiment with materials and try new techniques. Register Now Western Explorers Summer Camp offers children ages 6 – 10 opportunities to learn, play and...

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Perked Up Playdate

Meet up with friends on the third Tuesday of the month, April through September, within a safe community space at the Friess Family Playground. During these playdates, friendships will form, a community will develop and conversations will take place while children engage with each other and explore the playground. Enjoy refreshments for both adults and littles. Kids also can take part in a craft activity, while supplies last. Free for members or with Museum admission.

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National Day of the Cowboy

Join us in celebrating that classic Western icon — the cowboy — at the Museum’s commemoration of National Day of the Cowboy! Honor cowboy culture and pioneering heritage while embracing your inner-cowboy/girl. Dress up in your Western duds and enjoy performances by a traditional Western music band and family-friendly activities and crafts while exploring Prosperity Junction and Liichokoshkomo’. Free for members or with Museum admission. Activities available while supplies last.

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Recurring

Signature Tour

From Albert Bierstadt’s glowing landscape Emigrants Crossing the Plains to pieces by Frederic Remington and Charles Russell, see some of the finest Western art in the country. View ethnographic material from Native Americans and mountain men and learn about frontier military life. Round out the tour with a look at the evolution of the working cowboy, from the range to their portrayal in film and pop culture. Walk away with a better understanding of the diverse cultures that have shaped...

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