Located on the Quarter Circle Ă Ranch in Big Horn, WY, the Brinton Museum land features Western & American Indian Art. The Museum was established in 1960 and opened to the public in 1961 as a memorial to Western art and history through his sister Helen Brinton’s will in 1961. It includes the historic Brinton Ranch House, built in 1892 and expanded by Brinton in 1927-28 to accommodate his extensive collections, the well-kept grounds, gardens and outbuildings such as a carriage barn, saddle barn, milk house, and Little Goose Creek Lodge—Brinton’s hunting cabin.
Built in 1892 by William
Moncreiffe, the Ranch House on the Quarter Circle Ă Ranch, is on the National
Register of Historic Places. Bradford Brinton purchased the property in
1923. The Brintons’ collection, on
display in its original setting, includes splendid artwork by Charles M.
Russell, Frederic Remington, Edward Borein, Frank Tenney Johnson, Hans Kleiber
& Bill Gollings, among others. In addition, To Honor the Plains
Nations displays the highlights of the Brinton and Gallatin Collections'
American Indian art and artifacts in a spiritually engaging exhibition.
The Brinton Museum, located on
the 620-acre historic Quarter Circle A Ranch in Big Horn, is conveniently
located between Yellowstone and the Black Hills. It offers an authentic view
into the life and lifestyle of a Western gentleman and art collector who was a
patron and friend of many of the most celebrated 19th- and 20th-century Western
artists. The grounds of the Quarter Circle A Ranch are designated an Important
Bird Area by the Audubon Society and are open for bird watching and walking on
a designated nature trail.
Brinton Museum’s collections includes historic and contemporary western art,
American Indian art and artifacts, historic photography, rare books and
documents, period furnishings, ranch outbuildings and vehicles and farm
implements. People from all over the world have visited the museum, even Queen
The Forrest E. Mars, Jr. Building
environmentally-sensitive design aligns with the natural geography of the
Quarter Circle A Ranch. Nestled into the hillside, it is anchored by a two-foot
thick, 51-foot high, 209-foot long arced rammed earth wall, and the tallest in
North America. The design symbolically defines the space, bringing together the
geological and spiritual nature of its Western and American Indian Art
had 650 paintings at the time of his death.