National Cowgirl Museum & Hall of Fame


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The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame

On February 22, 2001 before a crowd of supporters and backed by 153 horsewomen representing the 153 honorees currently inducted in the Hall of Fame, dignitaries broke ground for the new home to the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame. The museum is the only one in the world dedicated to honoring and documenting the lives of women who have distinguished themselves while exemplifying the pioneer spirit of the American West.

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David M. Schwarz/Architectural Services, Inc. - project design architect

The museum was originally founded in 1975 in Hereford, Texas, and moved to Fort Worth in 1994. It has become a major resource about western women, with its research library and over 3,000 rare photographs.

The museum also inducts women each year into the Hall of Fame.  Currently there are 153 women in the Hall of Fame...real women with real stories, from all walks of life.   Women like painter Georgia O'Keeffe...Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of Little House on the Prairie books...Wilma Mankiller, the first woman to serve as the Cherokee Nation's Principal Chief...Henrietta Chamberlain King, co-founder of the massive King Ranch in southern Texas...sharpshooter Annie Oakley...legendary cowgirl Tad Lucas...and the entertainers Patsy Cline and Dale Evans.

The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame opened a new 33,000 square foot facility on a 1.5 acre site in the Fort Worth Cultural District in June 2002.  Here, with the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Foundation's new museum, a new western-oriented wing of the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, and the Will Rogers Memorial Center the area will be known as the Western Heritage Center.

The new museum features five gallery areas, a multi-purpose theater with state-of-the-art audio visual equipment; interactive information kiosks; a hands-on children's area; a flexible exhibit area to display traveling art shows and exhibits from other museums; a research library; a catering kitchen; and a retail store.

All of this...the wonderful dreams...the powerful stories...the courageous women.   That's what the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame is all about.  To educate, entertain, and inspire all who visit.  What's more, it will make everyone ( young and old, men and women, boys and girls ) realize that they too can become legends.

1720 Gendy Street
817-336-4475 phone
817-336-2470 fax

Monday through Saturday 9:30am until 5:00pm
Sunday 11:45am until 5:00pm
Admission Charged

National Cowgirl Museum & Hall of Fame 1720 Gendy Street

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