Saddle up and head West from the heart of San Antonio when the Briscoe Western Art Museum reopens May 23. The museum that features the saddles of Western icons such as Roy Rogers, Buffalo Bill and Pancho Villa is opening its doors again, welcoming everyone with special admission rates, early member access, exclusive tours and enhanced safety protocols.
Tipping Our Hat to Healthcare Heroes
Sharing the spirit and beauty of the West through art and artifacts, the Briscoe Western Art Museum brings the vibrant history and stories of the American West to life. The Briscoe is welcoming all healthcare workers to saddle up and enjoy the museum for free throughout the summer. Just show your valid identification so the museum can say thank you. The museum’s reopening weekend also includes half-price general admission for everyone. May 23-25, everyone over the age of 12 can enjoy the museum for just $5 per person. Children 12 and younger receive free admission.
2020 Night of Artists Open to the Public
The museum’s reopening means everyone can finally enjoy the 2020 Night of Artists Exhibition and Art Sale. Night of Artists draws artists, collectors and art enthusiasts from around the country each year to celebrate Western art. Originally set to open in March, the museum’s largest annual exhibition features more than 300 new works of painting, sculpture and mixed media by 80 of the country’s leading contemporary Western artists. Everyone will be transported West through scenic landscapes, inspired Native Americans and classic cowboys, stunning wildlife and detailed portraiture.
To celebrate the opening of the exhibition, Michael Duchemin, Ph.D., President and CEO of the Briscoe Western Art Museum, will lead tours of Night of Artists, sharing his insights on this year’s works. Duchemin has worked since 1984 as an executive director, chief curator, exhibition and program developer, historian, and author specializing in the cultural and intellectual history of the United States with an emphasis on the American West.
“Now more than ever, we need the opportunity to experience art. This year’s Night of Artists works are truly among the best I’ve seen. Our reopening means we can finally share this extraordinary exhibition in person,” said Duchemin. “Art has the power to lift spirits and provide relief from the weights of daily living and celebrating the beauty and impact of the rich stories shared through Western art is the heart of the Briscoe. We look forward to safely sharing the spirit and beauty of Night of Artists with everyone.”
Giving Everyone Wide Open Spaces: Reopening Protocols
To safely welcome guests, the Briscoe will only welcome 25 percent of its admission capacity, monitoring attendance through ticket counts and limiting admissions as necessary. The museum’s reopening protocols include staff wearing masks, additional sanitizers and cleaning protocols, as well as the installation of plexiglass in both visitor services and the museum store. Tickets and memberships may be purchased in advance online to limit in person interaction. Interactive displays will remain closed. The McNutt Sculpture Garden, the museum’s beautiful outdoor courtyard featuring bronze sculptures depicting iconic figures of the American West, will be open for guests to enjoy. Details on the reopening protocols are available on the museum’s website.