Just off I-75 in downtown Cartersville, Georgia, sits the Booth Western Art Museum. At 80,000 square feet, the museum is the second largest art museum in Georgia, and it is the only museum of its kind in the Southeast. The museum focuses on art depicting the American West and exhibits artwork from the top western artists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries including Howard Terpning, Donna Howell-Sickles, Maynard Dixon, and even Andy Warhol.
The museum contains seven permanent galleries and three temporary exhibition spaces along with a café, store, presentation theatre, and multi-media orientation theatre. The permanent galleries include:
• The American West Gallery – Contains more than 110 works, including pieces from Andy Warhol’s Cowboys & Indians Suite.
• The Cowboy Gallery –Showcases the cowboy at work, rest, and play through paintings and sculptures.
• The Mythic West Gallery – View artwork depicting Hollywood cowboys and artwork used to create magazine illustrations and more.
• The REEL West Gallery –Features more than 25 western movie posters and an original 1865 stagecoach.
• War is Hell – Follow the history of the Civil War from the battle of First Manassas to General Lee’s surrender at Appomattox.
• Carolyn & James Millar Presidential Gallery –View portraits and original signed letters from every United States President.
• Sagebrush Ranch –Children can explore art and the West through more than 30 hands-on activities.
The Booth Museum also hosts a number of events. Each month, the museum hosts Art for Lunch, Children’s Saturday, and a third Thursday evening lecture or entertainment event. Annually, the museum hosts the Southeastern Cowboy Gathering (second weekend in March) and the Southeastern Cowboy Festival & Symposium (fourth weekend in October).
Make plans today to visit the Booth Western Art Museum, where you can Visit the West without Leaving the South!