There are so many museums, galleries, and collections that pay tribute to what the horse means to humankind. I’ll be writing about many of these individually over time, but I wanted to give you an idea of the number! And what I’ve listed pales to what Equitrekking.com steps out in its Guide to US Horse Museums.
Let me know if you’ve been to one or many or not any, but some are on a wish list.
W K Kellogg Arabian Horse Center
The W.K. Kellogg Arabian Horse Center, located in the heart of the Cal Poly Pomona campus, is a showcase facility that houses approximately 100 purebred Arabian horses. The Arabian Horse Center is generally open for self-guided tours from 8-4 seven days a week, excluding major holidays.
Pomona, California - Tel. 909-869-4988
Appaloosa Museum & Heritage Center
A visit to the Appaloosa Museum in Moscow, Idaho, is designed to provide a self-guided exploration of exhibits that range from the early evidence of spotted horses in art and literature to the relationship between the Appaloosa and the Nez Perce, to the highlights of the modern Appaloosa Horse Club.
Moscow, Idaho 83843 - Tel. 208-882-5578
The Kentucky Horse Park
Home to four horse museums, and much more.
Lexington, Kentucky - Main: 859-233-4303
1) International Museum of the Horse (IMH)
The IMH is the largest and most comprehensive museum in the world dedicated to exploring the important history of all horses and their impact on human civilization. Through its ever-growing library and archives, it also serves as a resource for scholars and researchers throughout the world.
2) American Saddlebred Museum
Known as "The Horse America Made," the American Saddlebred has played an important role in our nation's history. That history, along with award-winning movies and unique, interactive exhibits, is a must-see during your visit to the park.
3) Al-Marah Arabian Horse Galleries
Distinguished by the Bedouin settings, the exhibit traces, through art, film, books and interactive exhibits, the importance of the Arabian and how it has changed the world. A popular exhibit, the Black Stallion Experience, features the Arabian horse in literature and film.
4) The Wheeler Museum
The Wheeler Museum is home to an ever-growing collection of equestrian memorabilia including trophies, ribbons, books and equipment from all aspects of the hunter/jumper industry as well as a collection of artifacts from the Show Jumping Hall of Fame, which was previously located at Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida.
Kentucky Derby Museum
The Kentucky Derby Museum is one of the premier attractions in the Louisville region, celebrating the tradition, history, hospitality, and pride of the world-renowned event that is the Kentucky Derby.
Louisville, Kentucky - Tel. 502-637-7097
Grand Hotel Stables & Carriage Museum
The Grand Stables has an antique carriage museum with approximately 30 antique carriages and sleighs on display from both Grand Hotel and Mackinac Island Carriage Tours. During the 2019 season, each carriage will have a sign with a QR code so that guests may take self-guided tours throughout the stables at their leisure.
Surrey Hills at Grand Hotel - Mackinac Island, Michigan - Tel. 800-334-7263
This Tulsa museum houses a large and comprehensive collection of art and artifacts of the American West
Tulsa, Oklahoma - Tel. 918-596-2700
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
Founded in 1955, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum collects, preserves, and exhibits an internationally renowned collection of Western art and artifacts while sponsoring dynamic educational programs to stimulate interest in the enduring legacy of the American West. Located in Oklahoma City. It is America’s premier institution of Western history, art, and culture.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma - Tel. 405-478-2250
National Cowgirl Museum & Hall of Fame
The newly renovated National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame is the only museum in the world dedicated to honoring women of the American West who have displayed extraordinary courage and pioneer spirit in their trail-blazing efforts. The 33,000 square-foot National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame is found on the Will Rogers Memorial Complex located in the heart of Fort Worth’s Cultural District, which is also home to the Kimbell Art Museum, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and the Amon Carter Museum.
Fort Worth, Texas - Tel: 817-336-4475