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, Wednesdays, and Fridays and tickets can 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 Special Programs

The American Museum of Western Art strives to create educational and entertaining programs for our visitors throughout the year. Our Special Programs are designed to engage visitors in conversation, explore specific works and artists found in the collection, and cultivate the inspiration found all around us in the galleries. We invite you to browse our upcoming programs and join us in our adventures through the American West through art.

Artful Insight - 
Helen Frankenthaler

August 21st, 2017

Join us for a special conversation on Helen Frankenthaler’s Phoenix, 1976, and the advent of Abstract Expressionism in the West. Frankenthaler pioneered her trademark staining technique, by which paintings like the one at the American Museum of Western Art were created by pouring thin layers of paint onto unprimed canvas.

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Writing the West 

August 23rd, 2017

AMWA partners with the Lighthouse Writers Workshop in offering monthly writing sessions in the museum galleries!

At Writing the West we write within the gallery space of the American Museum of Western Art. We respond to fun and interesting writing prompts and then read aloud what we wrote next to the paintings that inspired us. AMWA educators give brief “behind the scenes narratives” of chosen paintings and encourage questions.


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Writing the West 

September 13th, 2017

AMWA partners with the Lighthouse Writers Workshop in offering monthly writing sessions in the museum galleries!

At Writing the West we write within the gallery space of the American Museum of Western Art. We respond to fun and interesting writing prompts and then read aloud what we wrote next to the paintings that inspired us. AMWA educators give brief “behind the scenes narratives” of chosen paintings and encourage questions.


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Artful Insight -
Thomas Moran

September 18th, 2017

Join us for an Artful Insight featuring the life and works of Hudson River School artist, Thomas Moran. Find out why paintings like this one encouraged later generations of artists to travel west, and even persuaded Congress to annex the Yellowstone region as the first national park.

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AMWA Closed

September 29th, 2017

We will be closed on September 29 for a Teacher Development Workshop.

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Writing the West–Water

October 18th, 2017

Monthly creative writing session co-led by Lighthouse Writers Workshop.


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Artful Insight -
Eanger Irving Couse

October 23rd, 2017

Couse was the founding president of the Taos Society of Artists, known for his quiet, contemplative scenes.

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