The best museum you have yet to see.
Referred to as one of Wyoming’s “best hidden gems,” you’ll be in awe of what awaits you just off the beaten path.
More than a museum.
The Brinton Museum property has three main areas to explore, each showcasing its own collection of unique and engaging artwork.
Historic Brinton Ranch House
Inside, you’ll find original watercolors, oils, pen and ink drawings, sculptures, and historic documents (including letters by John James Audubon and Thornton Wilder)—all in their original setting. The home is furnished with original Brinton family items, as left by Helen Brinton in 1960. (Guided tours are available May – September.)
Forrest E. Mars, Jr. Building
Our crown jewel! Three floors highlight founder Bradford Brinton’s eclectic and extensive collections of his favorite artists, including Edward Borein etchings, hand-colored letters and monotypes; the largest collection of Hans Kleiber art in existence; Gollings oils and drawings; and the Gallatin Collection of Plains Indian Art.
The Quarter Circle A Ranch
A beautiful space to stretch your legs and stay awhile! This stunning, 620-acre expanse is a designated Audubon Important Bird Area, complete with a lovely nature trail. While you’re here, be sure to see the Brinton gardens and outdoor sculptures; stop in to the Little Goose Creek Lodge, located along the banks of its namesake creek; explore the numerous historic outbuildings; and don’t miss your chance to see the beautiful 1936 Buick Straight 8 Coupe, and the only J. I. Case truck in existence!
The Leather Shop is closed this season due to the pandemic. Please check back for updates.
Before you go, stop in to the Quarter Circle A Leather Shop and say hello to celebrated leather tooler James F. Jackson! A protégé of Don King and exceptionally skilled artist, James is one of the top leather artists in the world. He gives demonstrations and offers classes/clinics for visitors Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., from March 15th through December 23rd. (Call 307-672-3173 for information on upcoming classes.)
Lunch with a view
Located on the third floor of the Forrest E. Mars, Jr. Building, the Brinton Bistro features indoor and outdoor patio seating and spectacular views of the Bighorn Mountains.
“What a hidden delight.
“… you feel as though you are discovering a very special place in history and art.
“The Brinton Museum’s architecture is just as artistically mesmerizing as the contents inside.
“Art fans will enjoy the Brinton. Architecture fans will (arguably) enjoy it even more.
2020 Admission is FREE and OPEN to the Public courtesy of
The museum is closed for the winter from December 24 to March 14.
March 15 to December 23:
10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Thursday – Monday