The Brinton is committed to preserving and interpreting its lands and collections to demonstrate their relevance to the past, present and future of the American West.
The Brinton Museum was established as an institution dedicated to American Indian art and culture, as well as to American fine and decorative art. It is our desire to continue and expand upon the work of Helen Brinton, who in 1960 established an institution named after her brother Bradford. Helen’s intent was to preserve the Quarter Circle Ă Ranch and the Brintons’ collection of fine art, furnishings, historic and American Indian artifacts and make them accessible to the public. It was her desire that the institution be a source of education and enjoyment to all visitors, regardless of nationality, race, color or creed.
Our mission therefore is to preserve, maintain and interpret the former Bradford Brinton Memorial’s holdings (including the land), while collecting work which expands, augments and enhances this collection. We wish to reinforce the early American Indians’ recognition of the inherent beauty and spirituality of this area. Collecting emphasis is placed on American Indian arts and crafts as well as fine and decorative art relating to the late 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. An emphasis is placed on art and artists who depicted the West during those periods. We seek to carry on Bradford Brinton’s tradition of promoting local artists of high artistic achievement while placing a special emphasis upon being first and foremost a teaching institution.