Upcoming Exhibits

The Cowgirl who Became a Justice: Sandra Day O'Connor

June 14-November 4, 2018

Prior to Sandra Day O'Connor, no other female in the United States had been given as heavy and as public a yoke to carry in representing women, the West and in turn the best interests of the nation. President Ronald Reagan appointed Justice Sandra Day O'Connor to the United States Supreme Court in 1981; she was the first woman to serve on the Supreme Court since its inception in the late 1700s.

The exhibition features family and public-life photos, ranch artifacts on loan from the Day family, and selected editorial cartoons. Arid desert scenes are juxtaposed with the confirmation hearings and the publicity that surrounded the future Justice.

The Cowgirl Who Became a Justice: Sandra Day O'Connor was organized by the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame.


Chartering Freedom

June 14 - October 20, 2018

The simple truth at the heart of the American Revolution is that people are born with certain natural rights, including "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." These and other rights of the American people are secured by this nation's founding documents, known collectovely as the Charters of Freedom: the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.

The documents reproduced in this exhibition chronicle the creation of the Charters and their impact on events in this country and around the world. They reveal the story of earlier generations of Americans who had both the vision to see a better world and the audacity to build it.

"Chartering Freedom" is an exhibition featuring reproductions of the Charters of Freedom and other milestone documents that chronicle the conception, creation, and implementation of the Founding Fathers' vision.


Christmas Traditions from Around the World


December 6, 2018-January 4, 2019

Join us on December 7 for our annual event where you can tast, smell and hear the traditions of Christmas. After the event you are welcome to the Museum to look at the magical Christmas forest and Bonnie Moran's North Pole Village. You can also learn about various traditions around the season of Christmas.


Goose Bumps! The Science of Fear

January 24 - May 12, 2019

Engaging activities in Goose Bumps! allow visitors to experience fear in a safe and enjoyable environment, rate their response, understand the science behind the emotion and reflect upon its personal meaning.

Exhibit highlights include:
Fear Challenge Course

Get your heart pumping and your palms sweaty as you face some common fears, such as the Fear of Animals, the Fear of Electric Shock and the Fear of Falling.

Fear Lab

Meet Mr. Goose Bumps, a larger-than-life figure that uses playful animations to show how the brain and body work together to respond to danger. Interactive experiences help you delve deeper into the brain systems and pathways activated by fear, and graphic panels profile scientists doing cutting-edge emotion research.

Faces of Emotion

Explore the facial expressions of fear and other emotions and interact with an experimental software program that tries to analyze and identify your facial expressions.

Fear in the Wild

Play the "Freeze Game," an immersive interactive video installation,and learn how animals survive in their natural environments.

Fear Theater

Catch a live demo focusing on the process of fear conditioning, and learn how scientists measure the fear response in the lab. Then watch a brief documentary-style video about the interaction between our collective fears and entertainment, history and culture.

Coping with Fear

Explore the way fears change over a lifetime and learn how to help children deal with their fears.

Goose Bumps! The Science of Fear developed by the California Science Center and supported, in part, by the Informal Science Education program of the National Science Foundation under grant ESI-0515470. Opinions expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the National Science Foundation.


Rodin: Truth Form Life
Selections from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Collections

May 23-August 11, 2019

In the 1860s, when Rodin began making sculpture, art was deeply rooted in the past -- it told stories from religion, history, myth, and literature, and it told them as if the artist had been a witness to the events. Just thirty years later, by the peak of his career -- the 1890s -- Auguste Rodin had transformed sculpture into something that today we call modern, that spoke to the artist's and viewer's emotions and imaginations. The stories that were told were often internal and conceptual, and there was no right or wrong way to interpret them. And by the time Rodin died in 1917 he had -- through prodigious talent and a remarkable volume of work -- challenged the established styles of his youth and revolutionized sculpture. Today his pioneering work is a crucial link between traditional and modern art. Rodin: Truth Form Life is a retrospective using 22 pieces from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Collections.


Greatest Photographs of the American West

August 22 - November 3, 2019

While no single institution can assume credit for the diverse and complex associations that attach to the simple phrase the "American West," throughout its almost 130-year history, National Geographic has published photographs that support and defy romantic notions of the land and its peoples. National Geographic consistently reminds people of the importance of the region to human imagination.

Wide open spaces, spectacular rock formations, and the cowboy life are examined alongside struggles for limited natural resources, Native American cultural continuity, and new energy sources. The images shown in this exhibition, a small sample from the significant holdings of the National Geographic archive, offer a broad understanding of a region that has long captivated photographers.

The American West was organized with the National Museum of Wildlife Art of the United States and Museums West; Presented by the Mays Family Foundation; Traveled by National Geographic.