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.

Next Up: William Jacob Hays, May 16th

George de Forest Brush, “The Picture Writer’s Story,” c. 1884

Join us for a special conversation on artist William Jacob Hays,  who traveled west in the early 1860s and captured the dramatic vistas and striking wildlife that would soon disappear:

“As far as the eye can reach, wild herds are discernible’ and yet, farther behind these bluffs, over which they pour, the throng begins, covering sometimes the distance of a hundred miles… They form a solid column, led by the strongest and most courageous bulls, and nothing in the form of natural obstructions seems ever to deter their onward march… crossing rivers and other obstacles from which a horse would shrink.” –William Jacob Hays, 1861


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