The Booth Western Art Museum is a unique art museum located an hour and a half north of Atlanta, Georgia. Six different galleries display a wonderful collection of art depicting life in the great American West through paintings, sculptures and memorabilia. Learn not only of the romantic life of the cowboy, but also of the harsh realities of the westward movement and the injustice of the displaced natives.
The collection of western art is housed in six galleries – 1) The Cowboy Gallery, showing the life of the cowboy (and cowgirl) then and now; 2) The American West Gallery, portraying art related to a particular theme or period in Western history; 3) Heading West, which covers the era of the westward movement and includes an actual stagecoach; 4) the Sculpture Court comprised of both modern and traditional styles of sculpting; 5) The Modern West, depicting a non-traditional look at the west today, comprised of Native American artists and holding over 200 Native American artifacts; and finally 6) Faces of the West, with a display from female and Native American artists.
The Booth Western Art Museum offers more than just this superb artwork, however. The museum can boast of the Presidential Gallery – a collection of portraits and photographs of each of the forty-three men who have held the highest office in our nation, as well as a signed letter from each, giving the viewer the chance to get a bit of insight into who the president was as an individual.
In addition to the western art, The Booth Western Art Museum houses a collection of paintings illustrating various battles of the Civil War. From the firing at Fort Sumter to the surrender at Appomattox, the artists capture both the glory and the horror of this great and terrible war.
Check the museum’s website to see what special exhibitions they have on display. At the time of this writing, an exhibit of Ansel Adams’s landscape photography was in the works. Previous exhibits include collections of African American artists and the Buffalo Soldiers, as well as a photography exhibit of junkyards and abandoned trucks throughout the West!
Plan to spend the day at the Booth Western Art Museum. The hours pass quickly with a café, a gift shop, and an intriguing children’s area, with games and learning activities for the kids. A guided tour is available in the early afternoon.
Admission to the Booth Western Art Museum is $10 for adults, with discounts for seniors and students, and free admission for military personnel and children 12 and under. Check their website for information about groups and special events.
The hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday – 10:00 am to 5:00 pm; Thursday – 10:00 am to 8:00 pm; and Sunday – 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The museum is closed on Mondays.
It’s not too often you can take a five thousand mile trip without really leaving home. Visit the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, Georgia and do just that!