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

Ralph Albert Blakelock, “Indian Encampment Along The Snake River,” 1871.

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 on a regular tour. Advance reservations are highly recommended, as programs often sell out.

Next Up: Ralph Albert Blakelock – February 6th, 2017

New York artist, Ralph Albert Blakelock, made an extended trip through the West between 1869 and 1872. He began painting the West in a traditional Hudson River style, and gradually developed an expressive style that characterized his art and made it unique. In spite of insurmountable challenges and others’ unfair treatment of him during his career, Blakelock became one of America’s most respected and sought after artists in his time. Come learn more about Blakelock at this upcoming Artful Insight.

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