The CRMRC is a western history museum dedicated to preserving cultural heritage. It exhibits historic artifacts and also maintains an archive and library of research materials. Its mission is to help the public learn about the history of the United States. It is open to the public daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The museum was founded in 1955. It was originally known as the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Museum. Later, it became the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center. It was fully accredited in 2000 by the American Alliance of Museums. The museum awards its honorees with the Chester A. Reynolds Memorial Award.
The museum’s galleries have diverse themes. One exhibition explores the cowboy era. It features items from cowboy movies and television shows. There are guns used by Clayton Moore as the Lone Ranger and costumes worn by Robert Redford as the Sundance Kid. Another exhibit focuses on the U.S. Marshal Agency, which was founded in 1789.
In addition to exhibits on ancient cultures, the museum also has an extensive collection of photographs. Some of the photographs are out of focus, which adds a dynamic touch to the display. The museum has a permanent collection of over 40,000 pieces of art. The collections include original pieces, reproductions, and rare editions.
Another important exhibit on the frontier is the Yuma Territorial Prison, which opened its doors in 1876. This prison quickly earned a reputation for being a dangerous place. The museum also showcases the prison’s history and its fearsome inmates. The museum is home to over 2,000 types of barbed wire, as well as fencing tools and equipment.
The museum’s permanent collection is complemented by an ever-growing art collection. It also has a collection of sculptures and paintings donated by the Kaufman family. These pieces were part of a larger exhibition that highlights the museum’s diverse perspectives on the American West. In addition to the historical art, the museum also features works by contemporary artists.
The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum is a premier institution dedicated to the history of the West. It is home to an international collection of western art and western history, and hosts dynamic educational programs. The museum also houses traveling exhibits from the Smithsonian Institution and other Western museums. The Museum’s exhibits are featured at ten other Western history museums across the country.