The Reel West

Open Now – Feb 3, 2019

Explore the fascinating impact of Hollywood Western movies and TV shows on shaping American identity and influencing American culture.


Presented by Oxford Financial Group

What is it: You won’t want to miss The Reel West, one of the museum’s most exciting exhibits. The Reel West includes exclusive film costumes worn by Hollywood stars, props, paintings, movie posters and images from the early silent Westerns to mid-20th-century classics up through today. Explore the role of Hollywood Westerns in shaping morality, diversity and American identity.

Who is it for: The Reel West appeals to casual movie fans, serious film buffs, those who remember iconic Westerns and those new to the genre. The Reel West offers something for everyone.

Come experience The Reel West!

How to visit: See special exhibit Mon-Sat 10-5 p.m., and Sun 12 p.m.-5 p.m.

Admission: Special exhibit is included with the cost of museum admission

What You’ll See

Here’s a quick snapshot of some of our exhibit highlights:

  • A mask, hat, costume, gun belt and scarf worn by The Lone Ranger, actor Clayton Moore
  • A full costume worn by Hailee Steinfeld as Mattie Ross in the Coen Brothers’ 2010 remake of True Grit
  • Two hats worn by Clint Eastwood, on his early 1960s TV show Rawhide and years later in his 1985 film Pale Rider
  • A costume worn by a sword-wielding Catherine Zeta-Jones in the 2005 film, The Legend of Zorro
  • Western hats or other costume items worn on camera during several eras by Western performers  such as John Wayne, Tom Mix, Gene Autry, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, James Arness, the cast of Bonanza, plus Sam Elliott, Anjelica Huston, Jamie Foxx and many others
  • Interactive technology including touchscreens that museum-goers can use to watch clips from Westerns and explore in greater detail the themes of morality, diversity and identity that Westerns portray
  • A small movie theater showing trailers from well-known Western movies.

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Experience Hollywood in the heartland. Dine on Hors d’oeuvres, sip cocktails, and try tastey twists on classic movie snacks courtesy of Market Square Popcorn and Newfangled Confections, all while taking in a new perspective of Western film.


Preview the Exhibition:

William S. Hart in The Gunfighter, 1917

Image courtesy of World History Archive / Alamy Stock Photo


Preview the Exhibition:

Danny Glover in Silverado, 1985

Image courtesy of Photo 12 / Alamy Stock Photo


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Thank you to Our Contributors

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Theater experience sponsored by: Frank N. & Patricia L. Owings

With Additional Support From: Russel Breeden & Katharine Walker | Ginger Merkel, in memory of Roger Merkel

Experience Hollywood in the Heartland