Contrary to popular opinion, the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame is not just a place for leather-wearing, horse-riding, and boot-stomping cowgirls. Rather, it’s an inspiring place that celebrates girl power or – as the museum describes more aptly – women who have played a critical role in the history of the American West as well as being able to serve as role models for self-reliance.
Rotunda and Hall of Fame
This is without a doubt the most awe-inspiring part of the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame. The museum’s rotunda features a dozen of glass-tiled murals that change optically when viewed at different angles. These “Lifetiles”, as they’re called, are invented by Rufus Seder and meant to serve as Movies for the Wall and a wonderful introduction to the lives of history’s most beloved cowgirls.
Afterwards, be sure to watch from start to end the Spirit of the Cowgirl presentation in the theater before acquainting yourself with the almost 200 honorees of the museum’s Hall of Fame.
Into the Arena
The Arena, on the other hand, is probably the most popular area of the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, and it’s all thanks to its fun rodeo presentation. Not only do you get to learn and gaze upon wonderful rodeo memorabilia, you also get to ride a life-sized training bull that rodeo riders typically use for practice. Moreover, you get to commemorate this experience for eternity with a free 10-second video of your first “bronc” ride which would be immediately edited to look like footage of rodeos in the past.
Kinship with the Land
In this area, you will learn more about what cowgirls do when they’re off their horses. Cowgirls – just like cowboys – may also be in charge of their own ranches and exercising their duties as land stewards.
Claiming the Spotlight
The Old West had once been prominently featured in Hollywood, and this particular section of the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame pays tribute to screen legends who lent glamor and glitz to a cowgirl’s life. Highlights in this section include a ornately designed velvet-draped theater, exotic saddles, jukeboxes and clips being played in a 1950’s TV set.
The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame would be reopening on May 28, 2012. Admission fees are $10 for adults and $8 for children and seniors. It is open from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. from Tuesday to Saturday and 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. during Sundays. After a visit to the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, consider dropping by at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History on the same day and you will be entitled to enjoy 50% off on admission prices.