Special Exhibit

Spectacular Stitches: Works by Master Textile Artists from The Frank Klein Collection

November 15, 2023 – February 10, 2024

<i>New Dawn,</i> 2000, Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry (detail)

New Dawn, 2000, Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry (detail)

CTHM is honored to showcase the textile collection of patron and fine art photographer Frank Klein, featuring the well-known quilted masterwork New Dawn by Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry – named one of the top 100 quilts worldwide! This curated group of 26 artistic quilts and textile masterpieces is often traveling the world, making our exhibit a rare opportunity to see them up close.

Join us in this celebration of beauty and craftsmanship.

Spectacular Stitches opens to the public November 15, 2023, and runs through the holiday season to February 10, 2024.


This special exhibit is free with Museum admission.

Special Exhibit

Black Cowboys:
An American Story

This summer only: May 5 – August 26, 2023

Museum visitors will discover how Black cowboys tamed and trained horses, tended livestock and rode on the trail with thousands of cattle across America.

Museum visitors will discover how Black cowboys tamed and trained horses, tended livestock and rode on the trail with thousands of cattle across America.

A powerful exhibition featuring artifacts, photographs and documents honoring the work and skills of Black cowboys. Get to know their story – and get to know the real American West.

This summer at Chisholm Trail Heritage Museum, explore the lives and work of the numerous Black men, women and children – enslaved and free – who labored on the ranches of Texas and participated in cattle drives before the Civil War through the turn of the twentieth century in “Black Cowboys: An American Story,” a new exhibition opening May 5 at the CTHM. This powerful exhibition offers insight into legendary cowboys, a clearer picture of the Black West and a more diverse portrait of the American West with artifacts, photographs and documents depicting the work and skills of Black cowboys.
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Permanent Exhibits

Ranching Heritage of the Guadalupe River Valley

As the centerpiece of the Museum, The Ranching Heritage of the Guadalupe River Valley exhibit gives visitors a walk through time and legend. The story of cattle ranching in the Guadalupe River Valley, its roots in cattle ranching before and after the great cattle drives of the late 1800s, and the enduring folklore of the Texas cowboy is brought to life in this exhibition. Rich local history, including the infamous Sutton-Taylor Feud, pitted cattle rustling outlaws against frontier justice and introduced lawmen such as the legendary Texas Rangers. Highly selective curation of objects for authenticity puts you that much closer to history.

Horsemen of the Americas: Tinker Collection

Dr. Edward Laroque Tinker’s collection of rare and horse-related artifacts from Mexico, Chile, Bolivia, Argentina, Peru and other Latin American countries is a priceless educational tool illustrating the expanse of cowboy and ranch life introduced to the New World by Spain in the 17th and 18th centuries. On permanent loan to the CTHM from the Harry Ransom Center (HRC) at The University of Texas at Austin, the Tinker Collection showcases the pride of craft shared by horsemen north and south of our borders in the golden age of working cattle on horseback. The exquisite workmanship of equestrian and ceremonial artifacts demonstrates an extraordinary level of artisanship.

Edward S. Curtis: A Portrait of Native American Life

A handsome series of photogravures of Native American subjects lines the hallway on CTHM’s second floor. In the early 20th century, Edward S. Curtis captured Native American subjects, predominantly portraits, but also landscapes, still life, scenes of everyday living, and more. At the height of his fame, Curtis was quoted in an article published in 1914 that stated,  “We want the documentary picture of the people and their homeland – a picture that will show the soul of the people.”

Spurs Showcase

Our Texas Spur Showcase is located in our first floor lobby. Now a part of the Museum’s permanent collection, the exhibit features hand crafted spurs by Texas craftsmen Bianchi, Buermann, Crockett, Kelly Brothers, McChesney, Shipley and Alfred Smith, to name a few. Spur experts Bruce Bartlett and Kurt House, both from San Antonio, curated the collection.