Tuesday, October 02, 2007

GWA at the National Cowboy and Heritage Museum

Heritage Museum houses more than 28,000 Western and American Indian art works and artifacts. The more than 200,000 sq.ft. facility boasts the most extensive collection of American rodeo, photographs, barbed wire, saddlery, and early rodeo trophies in the world. The Museum collections focus on preserving and interpreting the heritage of the American West, including the hardships and rough life of taming and living in the western United States, and its effects on people living there. The grounds on the 18-acre site of the museum are replete with color and movement. Placed throughout the space are a series of outdoor sculptures among the trees, flowers, ponds, and running streams that create a tranquil outdoor setting. There are four unique garden areas on the grounds. The Norma Sutherland Garden with its tinkling waterfall, still ponds, and natural vegetation, the Atherton Garden that lies in a secluded spot almost within the building itself. The Western States Plaza, surrounded by flower beds and a massive water feature, and the Hambrick Garden, with its flowing streams, massive trees, gorgeous flower beds, and wonderful sculptures.

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