Men and boys, listen up! This is a museum you will LOVE!! Cowboys and Indians, horses and calf-ropers are everywhere! As a matter of fact, the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville, Georgia contains the largest permanent exhibition space for Western art in the entire United States.
If you grew up watching Gunsmoke, Wyatt Earp, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, Bonanza, Gene Autrey or movies such as “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” this place is for you. The paintings, sculptures and artifacts are outstanding.
There is also a section featuring the Civil War which is very sobering.
American history lovers will also appreciate the Presidential Gallery which contains a one-page, signed letter from every U.S. President from George Washington to Donald Trump.
From now until December 31, 2019, the headline exhibit is “Warhol and the West.” Andy Warhol, a famous American painter probably best known for pop art, was also fascinated with all things Western and created a surprising number of pieces in the latter part of his life with that theme. Many of those works have been brought to Cartersville, Georgia and added to the works already in the museum’s permanent collection, they now make up a stunning and insightful presentation. Try to see it before it leaves the southeast. This exhibit will be traveling to other parts of the country for the next several years.
The Booth Museum is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10:00 to 5:00 with extended hours on Thursdays until 8:00. Sunday hours are 1:00 to 5:00, and it is closed on Mondays. Parking is free. The gift shop is stocked with wonderful items, and the cafe on the premises is exceptional. Highly recommended items are the hamburgers, chicken salad and chili.
By the way, if you visit with young children, they are sure to enjoy the Sagebrush Ranch section on the ground floor designed with them in mind.
And, just so you know, I (a prissy female) enjoyed the entire museum. So, I’d highly recommend it as a great outing for couples or families.