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Address: 239 Brinton Road, Big Horn, WY 82833
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+1 307-672-3173

The Brinton Museum is located on the historic 620-acre Quarter Circle A...

The Brinton Museum is located on the historic 620-acre Quarter Circle A Ranch in Big Horn, Wyoming and features 19th, 20th and 21st century Western and American Indian Art in a setting that is art unto itself. The Brinton Museum's new 24,000-square-foot building houses one of the most significant and extensive Western and American Indian Art collections in the Rocky Mountain West. Five times the size of the former museum, The Forrest E. Mars, Jr. Building now includes three floors featuring four galleries, a museum store, and the Brinton Bistro, which offers indoor and outdoor dining with picturesque, 180-degree views of the Bighorn Mountains. Expansive climate-controlled spaces and new and improved storage are allowing The Brinton Museum to better preserve and exhibit new works and collections by iconic artists, including Frederic Remington, Charles M. Russell, Edward Borein and Winold Reiss, along with the world's largest Hans Kleiber collection. The new Forrest E. Mars, Jr. Building design aligns with the natural geography of the Quarter Circle A Ranch. Nestled into the hillside, it is anchored by a two-foot thick, 51-foot high, 209-foot long arced rammed earth wall, the tallest in North America. The design symbolically defines the space, bringing together the geological and spiritual nature of its Western and American Indian Art collections. Established in 1960 and opened to the public in 1961, The Brinton Museum includes the historic Brinton Ranch House, built in 1892 and expanded by Brinton in 1927-28 to accommodate his extensive collections, the well-kept grounds, gardens and outbuildings such as a carriage barn, saddle barn, milk house, and Little Goose Creek Lodge.

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Wow! What an experience.

One of the nicest museums I have ever seen. The drive to the museum is spectacular, and the views are outstanding. This is not a mega-museum in size, but it certainly is in... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Phoenix, Arizona
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Phoenix, Arizona
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

One of the nicest museums I have ever seen. The drive to the museum is spectacular, and the views are outstanding. This is not a mega-museum in size, but it certainly is in quality. It contains one of the best fine art Western print collections in the nation, and Native American treasures to rival any museum in the world. The... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

It was early in the season, but well worth the drive from Sheridan to see this building and experience the wonderful art collection. Go to the web site for the museum and it will explain the construction of this earth rammed building. The art is well documented and displayed.

Thank RICK B
Big Horn, Wyoming
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Reviewed 17 January 2017

This museum is a must for anyone travelling in or through this area - especially if you have an interest in western and Native American art. It has a superb collection, in a beautiful setting.

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New Jersey
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Reviewed 29 October 2016

Wyoming is full of wide open spaces sprinkled with hidden treasures. The Brinton Museum is definitely one of them. This attraction is well worth your time and the drive. While visiting my daughter in Buffalo, Wyoming, about a half hour drive away, I treated her to Sunday brunch at the on-site bistro and a visit to the museum and accompanying... More 

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Las Vegas, NV
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Reviewed 28 September 2016

The Brinton Museum may be off the beaten path, but it is a must see attraction in every sense of the term. The building itself is an amazingly beautiful work of art. Inside you will find black and white original oil paintings by Remington, alongside some rare pieces by Charles Russell and Edward Borein, Blackfeet portraits by Winold Reiss, and... More 

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Dayton, Wyoming
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Reviewed 25 September 2016

I visited this Museum earlier this year and will go back again! I highly recommend touring the Mansion, very well kept and excellent art to see. So much history here.

Thank Gina D
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
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Reviewed 12 September 2016

This was a totally unexpected find out in the middle of nowhere!!! We saw an ad for the museum at a Wyoming visitor center, but the picture was of the old ranch house. Imagine our surprise when we pulled up and saw a BEAUTIFUL piece of new architecture, made out of rammed earth (one of our favorite building materials). This... More 

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Kelly82801, Guest Relations Manager at The Brinton Museum, responded to this review

Thank you! We are so proud of the Forrest E. Mars, Jr. building, which now houses our galleries, gift shop and Brinton Bistro. As you noted, we put a lot of thought into the building and the collections. The rammed earth wall was actually chosen for eco-friendly reasons and because it worked really well with our natural environment. The curvilinear... More 

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Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

The museum is located on a historic ranch, but is a modern building with fantastic views of the Big Horn mountains. They have a nice western art gallery with Frost, Russell and Remington represented, as well as others. There is also a wonderful western Native American collection that is well displayed. About half of the gallery space was displaying art... More 

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Silverdale, Washington
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Reviewed 18 August 2016

The main museum building has several nice paintings and several original Indian artifacts. The building looked big from outside, but I thought the galleries inside were small, and there was not as much to see as I thought there might be. The other main attraction here is touring the Brinton Ranch House. Most of the original furniture and possessions are... More 

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Helena, Montana
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Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

What a wonderful venue for the Rendezvous. Great building and grounds. We enjoyed the restaurant on the top floor and had a great meal with beautiful views. Certainly a surprise to find this gem.

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