AQHA What's Inside Overview
Wall of Honor & Bronzes
The moment visitors approach the museum, they are greeted by the beautiful, larger-than-life bronze statues of history-making American Quarter Horses. 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 pay tribute to the people and horses who are meaningful to our generous donors.
The Grand Hall
The Grand Hall houses the legends of American Quarter Horse history: 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 visitors with an impressive emblem depicting the American Quarter Horse and adds to the breathtaking setting.
Joni Hegel Education Gallery
Children of all ages can experience the joys of owning a horse through hands-on learning in the education gallery. Watch and listen to the colorful banter between “Doc” the veterinarian and “Two Bits” the horse as Two Bits makes a visit to Doc’s office. Here, visitors can touch real tack and all the tools needed to keep a horse healthy.
Ken & Laina Banks Theater
Watch the history of the American Quarter Horse unfold through a 10 minute film in the Ken & Laina Banks Theater. In this film, visitors can learn more about the breed and its roles in today’s world, from a work partner on the ranch to an athlete on the racetrack or in the show arena. The theater also displays a collection of Orren Mixer paintings. Mixer was once commissioned to paint the ideal American Quarter Horse and went on to produce portraits of many of the American Quarter Horses whose legacies live on in the Hall of Fame.
Scharbauer Gallery and the Jana & Johnny Trotter Classroom
Throughout the year temporary exhibits showcasing exciting aspects of the horse world, industry artifacts like spurs and saddles, and beautiful Western art are put on display in the Scharbauer Gallery, the Jana & Johnny Trotter Classroom and the Art Gallery. Visit our Temporary Exhibits and Art Exhibits pages for updates and information in these areas.
Journey through a timeline of the history of the American Quarter Horse and discover the role each Hall of Fame inductee played in the preservation and promotion of the breed. Get an intimate look at each of these legends by viewing personal items from individuals such as Joe Kirk Fulton, the first Masked Rider mascot for Texas Tech University, or Rugged Lark, who served as an equine event ambassador at the 1996 World Olympic Games.
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.
Designed to share the rich history of the American Quarter Horse and the people who made them great, the Reading Room is a tranquil place 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 visitors' enjoyment and learning. These books, some of which are rare, include stories spanning subjects such as the settlement of the western frontier, cowboys, Indians and their horses. The Reading Room also provides a full collection of American Quarter Horse Stud Books and bound copies of The American Quarter Horse Journal, The Quarter Racing Journal and America's Horse. Please inquire at the front desk about spending time in the Reading Room.