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 -
Frank Mechau

November 20th, 2017

Colorado artist, Frank Mechau, produced many large scale murals for the Federal Art Project.


Writing the West–Confidence Men

November 29th, 2017

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


Artful Insight -
Albert Bierstadt

December 18th, 2017

Albert Bierstadt, namesake of one of Colorado’s 14-ers and Hudson River School artist, is best known for his sublime western landscapes.


Artful Insight -
Frederic Remington

January 8th, 2018

From the thrilling Old West, to the close of the Wild West, Frederic Remington captured a comprehensive record of western culture through his artwork.


Artful Insight -
Charles Marion Russell

January 22nd, 2018

Russell maintained a passion for the West and the western lifestyle, capturing tropes of the cowboy and Indian throughout his career as an artist.


Riding through the West with Cowboys and Ranchers Guided tours

Wednesdays at 1:00pm this January, 2018

Curated docent-led tour, featuring artists and artworks highlighting the stories and myths of cowboys and ranchers. Ride through the galleries with these themed tours in honor of the National Western Stock Show, happening throughout the month of January!


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