Take a Virtual Tour of the Galleries
It is the mission of The Booth Museum to educate, entertain, and inspire guests through the exploration of Western art, popular culture, and American heritage in a welcoming environment.
By clicking on the videos below you can take a virtual tour of many of the permanent collection galleries. Start with the Overview and then pick your galleries of interest.
Explore the West Without Leaving the South! An Affiliate to the Smithsonian Institution, the Booth is a 120,000 square foot museum housing the largest exhibition space for Western art in the country.
More than 100 traditional Western paintings & sculpture divided into interpretive themes including the Karen & Joel Piassick Enduring Traditions Gallery and the Joyce & John Stevens Landscape and Wildlife Gallery.
A visitor favorite! A unique collection of one-page, signed letters from every U.S. President. The original letters are accompanied with portrait photographs of each president and a variety of presidential memorabilia.
The cowboy is one of the great heroic figures in American history. This gallery showcases cowboys and cowgirls at work, rest and play in more than 35 paintings & sculpture.
Portraits of the diverse people who settled the American West.
Artwork in this gallery depicts some of the earliest people to head West – fur trappers and mountain men – as well as an original 1865 stagecoach that followed those same trails West in search of new opportunity.
Depictions of heroism, glory and tragedy – hung in chronological order to help visitors understand the battles as they occurred – in the struggle of brother against brother known as the American Civil War.
A signature feature of the Museum, this soaring, two-story atrium houses both traditional & contemporary large scale sculpture.
View the non-traditional side of Western art by sampling a cross section of the stylistic changes witnessed in Western art over the past 50 years.
More than 150 American Indian artifacts representing tribal cultures from East to West.
A fun, hands-on, interactive gallery for children, parents and grandparents to play and learn. Organized like a working ranch, Sagebrush Ranch is designed for children ages 2-12.
Donating to the Collection
The Booth Museum accepts donations of artwork that are deemed to be significant additions to the collection and those that will enhance the Museum’s mission. The Collections Committee evaluates all potential acquisitions, and decides whether to accept offered items. The Committee considers acquisitions by gift, bequest, exchange or purchase using the following criteria:
- The objects are relevant to and consistent with the purposes and activities of the Museum as stated in the mission.
- The Museum must be able to provide for the storage, protection, and preservation of objects under conditions that ensure their availability for the Museum’s purpose and in keeping with accepted professional standards.
- The objects are in reasonably good physical condition or can be conserved within the Museum’s resources.
- All donations are considered outright and unconditional gifts to be used at the discretion of the Museum.
- The materials or objects must, if possible, be documented as to provenance.
- If you would like information about making a donation to the Museum, please contact Lisa Wheeler, Director of Curatorial Services, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Staff members of the Museum may examine art and artifacts brought to the Museum by the public. However, following written Museum policy, staff members may not authenticate, appraise or otherwise evaluate any object for insurance, commercial, or other purposes. The Museum may examine potential donations but will not offer any appraisal.
In cases involving potential gifts to the Museum above certain dollar amounts, regulations of the Internal Revenue Service require that a third disinterested party perform appraisals of tax-deductible gifts to non-profit institutions, such as the Museum. Additional information can be obtained from the following associations:
Appraisers Association of America (AAA) 212-889-5404 www.appraisersassoc.org
American Society of Appraisers (ASA) 800-272-8258 www.appraisers.org
International Society of Appraisers (ISA) 206-241-0359 www.isa-appraisers.org
Matters that you should consider, and request information about, include the following: expertise, certification credentials, written contract, signed statement of disinterest, appraisal documentation, type of value (fair market, replacement), fee and whether the appraiser has liability insurance.
With respect to the appraisal fee most appraisers charge based on hourly rates. For federal tax purposes, it is illegal for the appraisal fee to be based on a percentage of the overall value of the item or items. A feasibility study may be requested of the appraiser to determine whether an appraisal is warranted. In the case of charitable contributions, the cost of an appraisal might be tax-deductible. To find out specific requirements for claims, you should contact your tax accountant or local IRS office.