While in San Antonio for the RWA National Conference my friend Jackie (http://jackieleighallen.com/) and I visited the Brisco Western Art Museum. To bad I live in San Diego, otherwise I’d visit this museum again and again. It really captured the spirit of the West. The huge sculpture in the entrance show a herd of buffalo flowing down from an Indian on one side, and the other a cowboy with a herd of longhorn cattle tumbling down from his perch.
I also like the reproduction of a Wells Fargo stagecoach. The stagecoach, along with many other item in the museum had a audio/visual component. Put on the head phone, and watch the little video screen for more information. I especially like that the audio/visual for the stagecoach contained clips of the movie Stagecoach — one of my favorite western films.
The audio/visual aspect really added to the sculptures, as you got to see/hear the artist talk about their work. And since the museum was in San Antonio it had a huge model of the Alamo. And if you need to sit, there is an area with easy chairs and head phones where you can listen to western music through the years.
Brisco Western Art Museum http://www.briscoemuseum.org/