Housed in a sleek and modern 120,000-square-foot building juxtaposed with the history-rich red brick buildings of downtown Cartersville, the largest permanent exhibition space for Western American art in the country quietly stands awaiting your next visit. The Booth Western Art Museum, just off 1-75 in downtown Cartersville, is the only museum featuring Western American art in the Southeastern United States, and boasts sculpture, paintings and historical artifacts among its collection.
The newest exciting exhibit at the museum is Covering America: The Saturday Evening Post in the 1950’s and early 1960’s, which showcases 30 original paintings alongside The Saturday Evening Post covers they graced. In addition, 18 Western-themed original Saturday Evening Post covers from the permanent collection are included. The exhibit will be on display until Sept. 29, 2013.
Not into the Saturday Evening Post? Never fear; the museum is filled with exhibits to interest children and adults of all ages. Whether it’s classic paintings depicting the original Wild West or American Indians, an entire gallery dedicated to the Civil War, areas featuring the art of cowboys and cowgirls, an entire series of screen prints by Andy Warhol, artifacts from Indian culture or life-sized modern sculpture that strikes your fancy, the Booth Western Art Museum has it.
One of my favorite parts about visiting the Booth Western Art Museum is the price. Admission for adults is only $10, and children 12 and under are free. If you bring children to the museum, pick up a complimentary children’s activity sheet to occupy their time while you look at some of the more grown-up museum highlights.
With all it has to offer, the Booth Western Art Museum is just another reason why you should leave your ZIP code behind and get out and Explore Georgia!
My 5 Booth Museum Favorites:
- Paintings by Georgia-based artist Steve Penley can be found in The Modern West Gallery. Penley also painted one of the giant ornaments that was displayed outside of the World of Coca-Cola last winter.
- Everything in the Mythic West Gallery captures the attention of the kid inside all of us. My family loves seeing the old posters and covers from Western movies that were made over the last century, especially the John Wayne collection.
- On the second floor, you will see a large painting of all of the 20th Century United States presidents. There’s a cheat sheet next to the work in case you can’t name them all by sight.
- 3D paper art sculptures by Patty and Allen Eckman will engage your whole family. They can be seen throughout the museum.
- Sagebrush Ranch is a soundproof space located in the basement of the museum where children can learn about the American West and release some of the restless energy they may have built up during their visit.
Eileen Falkenberg-Hull is a digital marketing professional based in Atlanta who first visited Georgia in 1994 and decided that when she graduated from college she would make Georgia her home. Since 2007 that dream has been a reality. She is the founder and executive director of Occupy My Family.