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Free Admission to The Brinton Museum on Sept. 24, Smithsonian Museum Day Live!

September 19, 2016

BIG HORN, Wyo. (Sept. 19, 2016) — The Brinton Museum will join museums across the nation to celebrate Smithsonian magazine’s 12th annual Museum Day Live! by offering free admission all day on Saturday, Sept. 24. The event aims to make learning and the spread of knowledge accessible to everyone, which aligns with The Brinton Museum’s commitment to and passion for arts education. To gain free admission, visitors must download their free ticket at the Museum Day Live! web site.

“We have always been a teaching institution – and with our beautiful new museum building, we have even more ways to inspire and educate guests of all ages,” said museum director Ken Schuster. “Museum Day Live! gives everyone the opportunity to enjoy this incredible institution, for free. We hope it also serves as a reminder of the value The Brinton Museum brings to Sheridan County, Wyoming and the entire Rocky Mountain region.”

On display during Museum Day Live! is the Brinton’s significant and extensive Western and American Indian Art collections, including art and artifacts within the To Honor the Plains Nations exhibit, as well as works by Frederic Remington, Charles Russell, Thomas Moran, Edward Borein, Winold Reiss, and Hans Kleiber. The 4th Annual Small Works Show will also be on display, featuring 280 pieces of art by 152 artists from 26 states across the U.S. The Small Works Show is an all-media invitational that includes affordable, exceptional paintings, sculptures and mixed media pieces in a wide variety of themes. It will be on display in the Forrest E. Mars, Jr. Building from Sept. 11 through Oct. 16 in the third floor Jacomien Mars Reception Gallery.

Museum Day Live! is an annual event held in the spirit of Smithsonian Institution’s Washington D.C.-based museums, which offer free admission every day. Participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting free tickets, which can be downloaded online at by searching for The Brinton Museum. One ticket grants free admission for two people, and there is a limit of one per household. For more information visit their

About The Brinton Museum
Founded in 1960, The Brinton Museum is a fine arts institution devoted to preserving the art and history of the West. Located on the historic Quarter Circle A Ranch in the foothills of the majestic Bighorn Mountains, it features 19th, 20th and 21st century American and Indian Art in a setting that is art unto itself. The new Forrest E. Mars, Jr. Building opened in June 2015, propelling The Brinton to its highest-ever annual visitation when the museum welcomed more guests from all 50 states and 30 different countries. Regular admission to The Brinton Museum is $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors, and free for American Indians with tribal ID; active military, veterans and their families with military ID; and children 12 and under. The Brinton Museum offers individual, family and corporate memberships, featuring a number of benefits, including free reciprocal admission to hundreds of museums throughout the U.S. Museum hours are 9:30-5 p.m., 7 days a week. The Brinton Museum is located at 239 Brinton Rd., in Big Horn, WY.



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Wyoming Public Radio: Brinton Museum Presents Canyons & Crescendos

August 17, 2016

On Thursday, Aug. 25 at 6:30 p.m., The Brinton Museum presents Canyons & Crescendos: Music of the American West, an evening exploring the fascinating history of popular cowboy songs. Dr. Ariel Downing spoke with Wyoming Public Radio’s Micah Schweizer this week, discussing her lecture, the accompanying music and what patrons can expect.

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How A Candy Magnate Helped Bring A Holy Collection Home

December 31, 2015

In the reservation era, Blackfeet men adopted this Sioux-style warbonnet. The men who wore these early reservation warbonnets would not have actually worn them in war.

At the foot of the Big Horn Mountains in northern Wyoming, a century-old ranch plays host to a small art museum. It’s quite an idyllic setting — but just a few years ago, the Brinton Museum’s finances didn’t paint such a pretty picture.

An endowment set up in 1960 preserved the historic ranch near Sheridan, Wyo., as well as the bachelor-rancher Bradford Brinton’s art collection. By 2008, though, it seemed that before long the museum would have to close, says the place’s director, Ken Schuster.

“You could really see the writing on the wall,” Schuster says.  CLICK HERE TO READ OR LISTEN TO THE FULL STORY ON NPR.ORG …

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New Building And American Indian Art Collection Transform The Brinton Museum

December 31, 2015


Here’s the story of how a museum nearly closed but instead reinvented itself with a brand new building and a major American Indian art collection. The new incarnation of the Brinton Museum in Big Horn opens to the public on Monday, June 15.

Driving up the dirt road that leads to the Brinton Memorial and the Brinton Museum, all that’s visible is the white ranch house peeking through the trees. It’s all rather subtle for a $15.8 million state of the art building. The new building isn’t even visible until one pulls into the parking lot. That’s because it’s buried in a hillside on a century-old 600-acre ranch at the foot of the Big Horn Mountains.  CLICK HERE TO READ OR LISTEN TO THE FULL STORY ON WYOMINGPUBLICRADIO.ORG…

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Welcome To The Brinton Museum

June 17, 2015


On behalf of our entire staff as well as our donors, members, artists, advisory councils and many, many friends — we welcome you to the new Brinton Museum.  Many years in the making, we have recently quintupled our museum space, adding climate-controlled galleries, extensive state-of-the-art storage, a wonderful new Museum Store and the Brinton Bistro. It’s the place to be for the very best views of the Bighorn Mountains.

If you haven’t visited recently, you’re in for a real treat. The new Forrest E. Mars, Jr. building has changed the future of The Brinton Museum.  While we always felt we were an important part of the arts community in Wyoming, we’ve taken a quantum leap and are now one of the most wonderful museums in the Rocky Mountain West, if not the entire U.S.

We’re open daily, so please stop by.


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