Step Back into the American West,
Where Art and History Come Together.

It is the mission of the American Museum of Western Art to promote the public’s understanding and appreciation of art depicting the American West from the early 1800s through the present day. The art presented is intended to give the public a better understanding and appreciation of the character, history, and beauty of the American West and the peoples, individuals, and ideas that transformed it over time.

The Anschutz Collection offers guided and self-guided tours of the museum on Mondays and Wednesdays and tickets must be purchased in advance. In addition to guided and self-guided tours, The Anschutz Collection accommodates school tours and group tours on Tuesdays and Thursdays, which can be arranged using the forms provided in Visitor Information.

The Anschutz Collection offers educational programs including our monthly special topic conversations, Artful Insights. Please see our upcoming programs listing below or visit our Tickets page for more information.


Join Our Artful Insights

Artful Insights are limited to a small number of visitors so each guest can have an intimate experience with the art and Museum guide. Artful Insights discuss a work of art, subject matter or artist in detail that you won’t experience in a regular tour. Advance reservations are highly recommended, as programs often sell out.

Joseph Henry Sharp, "Blanket Bull, Crow Papoose," 1908

Joseph Henry Sharp, “Blanket Bull, Crow Papoose,” 1908

Next Up: Artists and Their Collections, October 3rd

Ever wonder about the clothing or objects within paintings? Join us for an Artful Insight on Artists and their Collections. George Catlin and Joseph Henry Sharp, along with many other artists had personal collections of artifacts that can be seen in their paintings as well as in their studios. As historically valuable as the artworks from these artists are, their collections of artifacts contain just as much history pertaining to the exploration and understanding of the West.

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