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  • Can I take photos inside the museum?
    Yes! But we ask that the flash remain off while shooting inside. We ask that you speak with a staff member or security member before shooting with professional equipment.
  • Can I carry bags in the museum?
    You may bring small bags into the galleries, but please leave all bags larger than a standard backpack in your vehicle. If your bag is too large, we may ask you to leave it with an attendant in the gift shop.
  • Do you have a cafe or areas we may eat food?
    Food and drinks are only allowed within the Museum on special occasions. During regular business hours no food or drink is allowed in the galleries. We do have seating on our back patio, as well as benches throughout the grounds, that you are welcome to utilize for a picnic or snack.
  • Do you offer guided tours?
    Yes, please visit our tour page for more information.
  • Do you host field trips and school tours?
    Yes, the Museum will gladly host your next field trip or school tour. For more information about scheduling a field trip, please visit our programming page. We ask that you book all field trips and tours in advance so we can be prepared to best accommodate your group.
  • I found/bought/was gifted a painting. Is it valuable?
    The museum does not perform authentications or valuations. You can find a certified appraiser at An auction resource like Christie’s or Sotheby’s—or even an online auction site like or—can help you learn more about the value of your object.
  • I’m an artist, how do I get involved at Mowa?
    The Museum of Western Art does not have open calls for artwork at any time. We have an invitational exhibition of work for sale, our annual Roundup. While our exhibitions are invitation-only, we do enjoy viewing the work of artists. While we cannot offer portfolio reviews, or guarantee feedback of any sort, you may send us images or links to social media/websites that feature your work.
  • How do I donate art to the museum?
    We have several policies and procedures that we adhere to when considering art to be donated. If the work is donated with the intention to be included within our permanent collection, photographs of the work and a recent appraisal will need to be provided. This information will be presented to our Collections Committee for review. This Committee meets once a quarter and all decisions are final. If you would like to donate work for educational purposes, for sale in our store, or other non-permanent collection purposes, please make an appointment with our Director, Darrell Beauchamp. Contact by email or call at (830) 896-2553.
  • I have an artwork that needs to be cleaned. who should I call?
    The museum cannot endorse specific conservators. Excellent information on selecting a conservator is available on the American Institute for Conservation website at An appraiser can also often give recommendations for conservators in your area.
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