NATIONAL COWGIRL MUSEUM AND HALL OF FAME
National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame - Kit Moncrief Galleries and It's Never Just a Horse™ exhibition
The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame reopened its second floor after completing a
$5.5 million renovation that began in early 2018. As the only museum in the world dedicated
to honoring women of the American West who have displayed extraordinary courage in their
trailblazing efforts, the extensive renovation continues to explore the special bond among
the horse, women, and the West, as viewed through the lens of many Cowgirl Hall of Fame
Western Design Room
This immersive room allows the visitor to interact with the Museum’s extensive collection
by digitally creating their own boot, shirt or horse which is then projected onto a wall.
Bucking Bronc Room
Test your bronc riding skills on the renovated bronc ride by saddling up! You will be
superimposed into real rodeo footage, and you can email or text your clip.
World-class teams designed and constructed the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame –
entirely appropriate for the stories contained inside. Designed by David M. Schwarz, the
exterior style is cowgirl — from wild-rose finials and bas-relief sculpture panels to a
Richard Haas mural and hand carved panels. Central spaces, indoors and outdoors, allow
for after-hour events under the Texas stars.
In 2015, the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame began renovations of the galleries
and public spaces. The renovation was completed in two phases, starting with the first
floor. Renovations of the first floor were completed in July 2015, which included the
Grand Rotunda mobile, the Anne W. Marion Gallery, and the Hitting the Mark: Cowgirls and
Wild West Shows Gallery which highlights those women who were immensely popular during
the heyday of wild west shows, like Annie Oakley.
The $5.5 million renovation of its second floor began in early 2018 and was reopened in
March of 2019. The second floor contains the Kit Moncrief Galleries, of which the It’s
Never Just a Horse™ exhibition examines the partnership between people and horses,
particularly the Museum’s Honorees. The interior spaces were designed by the Paris
architect firm, Projectiles. Two immersion rooms, the Western Design Room and the Bucking
Bronc Room complete the second floor experience, including an interactive project table
created exclusively for the Museum by Ideum.
About the Museum
MISSION STATEMENT: The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame honors and celebrates
women, past and present, whose lives exemplify the courage, resilience and independence
that helped shape the West, and fosters an appreciation of the ideals and spirit of
self-reliance they inspire.
WHAT: The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame is the only museum in the world
dedicated to honoring women of the West, and from around the world who have displayed
extraordinary courage and pioneer spirit in their trailblazing efforts. It includes
interactive exhibit galleries that feature artifacts of the permanent collection, a
traveling exhibit gallery, two theaters, gift shop, a research library and archives,
and a NEW second floor. Currently, the museum’s archives house more than 4000 artifacts
and information about more than 750 remarkable women.
WHEN: Started in 1975, in the basement of the Deaf Smith County Library in Hereford,
Texas, the Museum and Hall of Fame moved to Fort Worth, Texas, in 1994 to plan for and
build a new permanent home.
WHERE: The 33,000 square-foot National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame is found on the
Will Rogers Memorial Complex located in the heart of Fort Worth’s Cultural District,
which is also home to the Kimbell Art Museum, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort
Worth Museum of Science and History, and the Amon Carter Museum.
WHO: The 238 National Cowgirl Hall of Fame Honorees include pioneers, artists, writers,
entertainers, humanitarians, business women, educators, ranchers and rodeo cowgirls
including: Sacagawea, principal guide for the Lewis and Clark expedition; painter
Georgia O’Keeffe; potter Maria Martinez; writer Laura Ingalls Wilder; sharpshooter
Annie Oakley; Enid Justin, who created the multi-million dollar Nocona Boot Company;
Hollywood icon Dale Evans and U. S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.