Kerrville

Kerrville, situated in the Kerr County, Texas, has been named after James Kerr, a major in the Texas Revolution. This town was founded by Joshua Brown, who settled in this area to start a cypress shingle camp. Kerrville is located in the Texas Hill Country. It is well known for its Guadalupe River RV Parks, youth summer camps, Texas’ Official State Arts & Crafts Fair, and the Home of HEB Grocery Stores & James Avery Jewelry. The other major attractions in the town include the Schreiner University, Museum of Western Art, and the Riverside Nature Center. The Kerrville Folk Festival attracts thousand of visitors to the town every year.

Museum of Western Art

The Museum of Western Art, situated in Kerrville, Texas, aims at achieving excellence in preservation, collection, and promotion of Western Heritage, and the cultural and educational enrichment of the varied audiences. The rotating exhibits on display at the Museum depict the adventure of the Native Americans, the Cowboys, the Mountain Men, and the Settlers who tamed the West. The art and artifacts in the Museum illustrate the spirit of individual character, courage, and achievement. The Museum of Western Art offers art and history education to people of all age groups, emphasizing primarily on the American West. The Museum is a platform for Western art and artists, past and present, and offers the opportunity for everyone to relive the Western Heritage.

The Museum of Western Art was inaugurated on April 23, 1983 and was formerly named as the Cowboy Artists of America Museum. Designed by the renowned architect O’Neil Ford, the Museum building is well known for its unique Southwestern style architecture. The exterior of the building, which is similar to a fortressed hacienda, features heavy timbers and rugged walls of stacked limestone. At present, the Museum encompasses an area of 14,000 sq ft (1300 square meters).

The Museum also houses a 6, 000 volume Western art and history library, which is well-frequented by the area educators, writers, students, and the public. A number of books and periodicals on subjects like ranching, Cowboys, Native American culture, Western Art and History, and artifacts are available in this library. Through the ongoing Western Art and history education programs and other displays, the diverse aspects of the rich cultural heritage are shared with the audience.

  • Address: PO Box 294300, 1550 Bandera Highway, Kerrville, TX 78029-4300
  • Telephone: (512) 721-0200
  • Hours: Tues – Sat, 9 AM – 5 PM, Sun, 1 – 5 PM, closed New Year’s Day, Easter,
    Thanksgiving, and Christmas
  • Website: www.museumofwesternart.org