THE BRINTON MUSEUM
239 Brinton Road • Bighorn, WY 82833 • (307) 672-3173 • www.thebrintonmuseum.org
The Brinton Museum is located on the historic Quarter Circle A Ranch in the foothills of the Bighorn Mountains. First homesteaded in 1880, the property was sold to William Moncreiffe, who established the Quarter Circle A Ranch and built the Ranch House in 1892. In 1923, Moncreiffe sold the 640-acre Quarter Circle A Ranch headquarters to Bradford Brinton. An avid collector of fine art, American Indian artifacts, firearms and books, Bradford Brinton filled his home with fine and beautiful items. He was personal friends with many artists, such as Ed Borein, Hans Kleiber and Bill Gollings, and he collected works by Frederic Remington, C. M. Russell and John James Audubon. In 1936, Bradford Brinton died from complications after surgery. His will left the Quarter Circle A Ranch property to his sister, Helen Brinton, who believed the public should enjoy Bradford’s magnificent collection of art and that the ranch land be kept in a natural state to provide sanctuary for birds and other wildlife. Bradford and Helen Brinton have helped preserve the feeling of the West at that time for all of us to enjoy today. Incorporated in 2013, the New Museum at the Bradford Brinton Ranch launched a capital campaign to build a 24,000 square foot stateof-the-art museum building, which opened June 2015, to increase exhibition space, visitor services and storage vaults. With the new Forrest E. Mars, Jr. Building, the Brinton Museum remains committed to preserving and interpreting the Brinton lands and all of the museum’s collections in order to demonstrate their relevance to the historic past, present and future. Their collecting emphasis concentrates on American Indian arts and crafts as well as fine and decorative art relating to the late 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Focus is placed on art and artists who depicted the West during these periods.
Major Upcoming Exhibitions
The Nov. Brinton 18-Dec. 23, 101 2018 Lakota Emergence March 20-May 5, 2019 Ergo Sum: A Crow a Day April 20-June 10, 2019
“The Brinton Museum is unique in that it is a historic gentleman’s working ranch in a glorious setting with works of art by significant regional artists and the Plains Indians who fought to keep the Bighorns as their sacred ground.” – Kenneth Schuster, director & chief curator, The Brinton Museum
Winold Reiss portraits on view at the Brinton Museum.