The Booth Museum, a western art museum in Cartersville, Ga. is a world class Georgia art museum located about 45 minutes north of Atlanta. The mention of Cowboys, Indians and Civil War soldiers might be all you’d need to get kids interest in a visit to the Booth Western Art Museum, but it’s the kid-friendly extras that will keep them wanting to come back.
Booth Museum: An Awesome Western Museum in the South
Museums can be tough for kids, especially art museums where paintings and sculptures are to be seen, but not touched. But at the Booth Museum, kids can learn about western artists and artwork, but also ride a stagecoach, cook on a chuck wagon, carry a saddlebag and more. Here are five ways for kids, and kids at heart to enjoy the Booth Museum, beyond just the artwork.
5 Ways to Enjoy the Booth Western Museum Beyond the Artwork
Check out a Saddlebag from the Front Desk. When purchasing your tickets, ask to borrow a saddlebag. This leather bag with a rope strap contains a booklet featuring various pieces within the museum, as well as hands on elements to engage kids in the art. The saddlebags include items such as a feather, buffalo hide, clipboard with worksheets and even a beaded bracelet kit to take home.
Sagebrush Ranch. This is the children’s area of the Booth Museum, and it is located in the basement. Sagebrush Ranch is a place where you can let the kids run around and touch. It’s entertaining for a mutitude of ages too. My 7-year-old was just as engaged as the toddler walking around.
On first glance it’s the rocking stagecoach and life-sized horse that catch your eye, but upon closer inspection, there are video games, a cowboy dress up box, drawing station and even a chuck wagon. For parents that need a bit of guidance, grab the scavenger hunt and send your kids off exploring this Cartersville museum.
Kids Audio Tour Guide. The Booth Museum offers an audio tour specific for kids. (adult tours available also).
I find that my kids love to walk through the museum with an electronic of some sort. The tour is on a stick rather than headphones, so parents can hear too and talk with children about the information – or at least they’ll hear you when you tell them not to touch the painting:)
The tour has a set of accompanying cards that show the painting on one side and on the other information about the artist and an activity the child can do once they get home – for instance “Read children’s books about the rodeo and draw action-filled pictures about different rodeo events.
By Native Hands Family Guide. This is a fun filled brochure is available at the front desk of the Booth Museum of Western Art. The guide contains fill in the blank, matching, crossword puzzles and more based on the Native American objects gallery.
Pre and Post Visit Curriculum. Like many art museums in Atlanta, the Booth Museum offers a fantastic array of pre-visit and post-visit activities for teachers and homeschoolers. Of course super Type A moms could use it too.
Booth Museum Special Events
Visiting the Booth Museum is special anytime, but visiting during the Cowboy Festival and Symposium at the Booth Western Museum adds an extra touch of realism, and the entire town turns into a Western themed set.
During this weekend long festival you can meet real live cowboys, learn pioneer skills, and even go to cowboy church! Taste vittles from authentic Chuck Wagons – and I don’t mean overcooked beans in a can either, we are talking delicious meals cooked over an open fire or in a dutch oven just like they did on the range. Watch a wild west gunfight that is so well done, you’ll be hiding behind a barrel.
Cartersville, Ga. Beyond the Booth Museum
Cartersville, Ga. may seem like an unlikely place for a world class museum of western art, but that’s not all you’ll find in this town. In addition to the Booth Museum, save some time to visit the science focused Tellus Museum. Cartersville Georgia also has a quaint downtown where you can see the world’s first Coca-Cola outdoor sign. If you plan to spend more than a day in historic Cartersville, Ga., visit the Bartow History Museum, Old Car City USA, Etowah Indian Mounds, or just watch the trains go by.
What: Booth Western Museum
Where: 501 Museum Dr., Cartersville, Ga. 30120, 770-382-1300
When: Open Tues. – Sun.
Cost:$10 adults, $8 Seniors (65+), $7 Students, Children 12 and under FREE
Everyone is FREE from 4 pm – 8 pm the first Thursday of the month
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