museum exhibits

Red McCombs Main Gallery

T.D. Kelsey Exhibit

The NRHC acquired 11 #1 bronze sculptures by award-winning sculptor T.D. Kelsey in 2020. The sculptures depict various aspects of cowboy life from trail drives to dangers on the trail. Kelsey’s works are featured in museums throughout the United States and Europe. In addition to exhibiting 10 of Kelsey’s sculptures in the McCombs Gallery, the NRHC has a large bronze entitled “Touching the Clouds” in the courtyard near the museum entrance.

Don and Kay Cash Gallery

The History of Beef Cattle Breeds

While the culture that surrounds ranching has captured the hearts and minds of people from around the world, ranching at its base has always been about providing food and fiber—especially beef—for a growing population. Modern ranchers depend on specially developed genetics, production techniques and data to produce beef. The story of beef cattle breeds in the United States is an interesting one, cast with many characters. Production, grains, processing, technology and marketing have all driven the industry to where we are today—an industry that provides high-quality protein for millions of consumers around the world. This exhibit brings the timeline of the beef cattle industry to life by featuring the history of the industry, a unique collection of photographs, life-size models of cattle and interactive kiosks. Funding for this exhibit was provided by the CH Foundation.

Funding for this exhibit was provided by the CH Foundation.
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G.W. “Blue” and Lenora Stevens Gallery

1923 Model T Touring Car

The Model T is an automobile produced by Ford Motor Co. from 1908 to 1927 and is generally regarded as the first affordable automobile to make car travel available to middle-class Americans. The Model T accounted for 50 percent of U.S. sales in 1924.

Mary Belle Macy Gallery

Guns that Won the West

This exhibit features 22 firearms that played a significant role in the shaping of the American West. The firearms in this exhibit came from the collections of the NRHC, the Museum of Texas Tech University, the J.M. Davis Arms and Historical Museum, the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, the Fort Concho National Historical Landmark and the personal collection of Jason Schubert.

McKanna Gallery

Life in the Saddle: A Selection of Oral Histories

The NRHC has an Oral History program that has collected stories and histories from a variety of people involved in the cattle industry. These stories range from the life stories of working cowboys to ranch managers to ranch owners. This exhibit features a selection of stories of people who have spent a lifetime owning and managing ranches—stories that illustrate what it takes to guide a ranch through both good and bad times.

Burnett GALLERY

Burk Burnett Bedroom

This exhibit space duplicates one of 11 bedrooms in “the big house” at the Four Sixes Ranch headquarters in Guthrie, Texas. This is a permanent NRHC exhibit with items donated by Samuel Burk Burnett’s great-granddaughter, Anne W. Marion. The Four Sixes Ranch was founded by her great-grandfather, one of the most well-known and respected ranchers in Texas. Among the Burnett pieces are the brass bed, grandfather clock, secretary, side table, fireplace and mantle, rug, books and saddle (by saddle maker R.T. Frazier). The gold-plated chandelier was originally made to function using either gas or electricity.

Joe Flores Family Gallery

John Montford Spur Collection

This exhibit features a selection of spurs from among those donated by John Montford to the NRHC many years ago. The Montford Spur Collection covers a wide range of spurs, and this exhibit focuses on the most interesting or significant spurs from the collection. Spurs featured in the exhibit range from simple iron spurs to gleaming pairs of decorated spurs.