Briscoe Western Art Museum
Named for the late Texas governor Dolph Briscoe Jr., the Briscoe Western Art Museum takes visitors through a visual and educational journey spanning five centuries of American West and Texas history, art, and culture through art and artifact exhibits. Permanent exhibits explore Native American cultures, the building itself which used to be the city's first public library building, the life and legacy of Governor Briscoe, the Hispanic influence in Texas, Western art created by women, and traditional cowboy arts. The museum also offers rotating and temporary exhibits.
Sculpture Yard (Photo courtesy of the Briscoe Western Art Museum)
Courtyard (Photo courtesy of the Briscoe Western Art Museum)
Briscoe Western Art Museum Entrance (Photo courtesy of the Briscoe Western Art Museum)
Interior of the Briscoe Western Art Museum (Photo courtesy of the Briscoe Western Art Museum)
Backstory and Context
The library was built in the 1930s and operated until 1968 when it became home to the Hertzberg Circus museum. That closed in 2005 and the building was renovated over the next several years until the Briscoe Western Art Museum opened in 2013. Governor Briscoe and his wife, Janey, spearheaded the effort to establish the museum. It is also home to the Jack Guenther Pavilion and the McNutt Courtyard and Sculpture Garden, and hosts several events, including Tuesday Nights @ the Briscoe, West Gallery Talks, a book club, tours, a film series, the Yanaguana Indian Arts Market, a lecture series, and Lil Partners, which is designed for children and families.
"About." Briscoe Western Art Museum. Accessed August 17, 2015. https://www.briscoemuseum.org/about. Photos courtesy of the Briscoe Western Art Museum