What's Inside

Hall of Fame & Museum

The American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum celebrates the history of the American Quarter Horse. The moment you approach the museum, you are greeted by the beautiful, larger-than-life bronze statues of history-making American Quarter Horses. Visitors can spend time reflecting outside at the Wall of Honor Plaza, honoring and memorializing the horses and people who've paved the way for the American Quarter Horse. The Wall of Honor welcomes visitors to the Hall of Fame from two unique perspectives. From the east, a light sculpture displays a herd of running American Quarter Horses; from the west, granite bricks preserve and pay tribute to the people and horses meaningful to generous donors.

Hall of Fame & Museum Fact Sheet

The Grand Hall

The Grand Hall houses the legends of American Quarter Horse history: the people and horses inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame who have paved the way for the future. Designed to showcase these horses and humans, the majestic space, features soaring rock columns and intricately etched bloodlines in the floor. The front of the room welcomes you with an impressive emblem depicting the American Quarter Horse and adds to the breathtaking setting.

Ken and Laina Banks Theater

The theater's artwork shows a variety of American Quarter Horses famous in the bloodlines of today's champions. The paintings in this room were primarily created by well-known Western artist the late Orren Mixer. Orren's celebrity as an artist started during the 1950s and 1960s. In 1968, the American Quarter Horse Association commissioned Orren to paint "the ideal American Quarter Horse," and six other breed associations followed suit. He depicted the ideal Pinto, Paint, Palomino, Appaloosa, Buckskin, and Pony of the Americas.

Joni Hegel Education Gallery

The Joni Hegel Education Gallery houses a variety of interactive exhibits. Take a look at the inner workings of an American Quarter Horse with an X-ray-style exhibit. Decide whether you'd rather be a cowboy or a proper English rider by sitting atop your choice of saddle. In the Experienced Eye Theater, different disciplines of the American Quarter Horse are shown with expert commentary of each event.

This section of the museum is a fun-filled experience for visitors of all ages.

Timeline Exhibits

Following the historical timeline, journey through the news-worthy events happening concurrently as the Hall of Fame inductees - people and horses - were influencing American Quarter Horse history. Glass cases house artifacts, attire, tack, photos and many more interesting pieces from each inductee's life. You can also take some time to listen to oral histories from many of the Hall of Fame inductees and their friends and family, or you may check with the front desk for an Audio Tour rental during your visit.

Champions' Gallery

Located at the threshold of the Hall of Fame Timeline Exhibit is the Champions' Gallery. This state-of-the-art multimedia area lets you relive the American Quarter Horse World Championship Shows and American Quarter Horse racing action that made champions.

Reading Room

Designed to share the rich history of our horses and the people who made them great, the Reading Room is a tranquil place and is made available to museum visitors upon request. Here an individual or small group can sit and read comfortably in an elegant, western atmosphere.

Thanks to the generosity of Margaret Haines, Morrison, Illinois, the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum provides hundreds of collected books for your enjoyment and learning. These books, some of which are rare, span subjects such as the settlement of the western frontier, stories of the cowboys and Indians and the horses they rode. The Reading Room provides a full collection of American Quarter Horse Stud Books and bound copies of The American Quarter Horse Journal, The American Quarter Horse Racing Journal and America's Horse. Please inquire at the front desk about spending time in the Reading Room.

Virtual Tour

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