The renovations will be the first major update for the Cattle Raisers Museum since it opened inside the FWMSH in 2009. An interactive chronological timeline interwoven with artifacts and exhibits will allow visitors to understand important historical markers beginning in the late 1600s through present and will include information on the history of cattle raising in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico.
Many artifacts and photos will be on display for the first time from the museum’s collection, including a saddle collection from Ken Spain and Charles Goodnight’s JA Ranch “Old Blue” lead steer bell. Exhibits featuring video footage of Texas ranches and livestock and a taxidermy longhorn herd will highlight central themes of land stewardship, the significance of water and value of beef and cattle byproducts.
Approximately one million children visit the museum each year and will enjoy the addition of interactive games and hands on activities. A virtual clothing booth will be a new attraction and portraits of various cattle breeds will come alive through animation in the Hall of Great Cattle.
“The importance of cattle and ranchers has always been well represented throughout the Cattle Raisers Museum,” said Patricia Riley, executive director, Cattle Raisers Museum. “These highly anticipated renovations will reinforce the museum’s educational message of how ranchers are interwoven with their livestock, land, water, and other wildlife.”
In 1979, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association members formed the TSCR Foundation (TSCRF) and followed with the Cattle Raisers Museum in March 1981, focusing on the history and culture of this iconic industry. For nearly 30 years, the museum was located at the association’s headquarters on West Seventh Street, until it moved into the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History when it opened in 2009.
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