Boy Scouts of America Museum Moves
to Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex
Museum and Youth and Family Research Center Set to Open Fall 2002
IRVING, Texas, August 2002—Check your compass and map coordinates
because the official museum of the Boy Scouts of America has moved from
western Kentucky to the Lone Star State.
The National Scouting Museum and Youth and Family Research Center are set to
open this fall adjacent to the BSA's national headquarters in Irving, Texas,
giving countless residents and visitors the opportunity to share in Scouting's rich
past. Established in 1959, the museum was originally located in North Brunswick,
New Jersey. Twenty-seven years later, the museum was moved to the campus of Murray
State University in Murray, Kentucky, where it remained until last year.
The BSA is working with Southwest Museum Services of Houston on the
layout and design for the 50,000-square-foot facility. The state-of-the-art museum
will feature more than just Scouting artifacts and memorabilia; it will feature
storytelling, virtual-reality adventures, and hands-on learning experiences staged
in elaborate natural backdrops.
"Since the National Scouting Museum is centrally located in the Dallas/Fort
Worth area, it is our hope that residents and visitors alike will take the
opportunity to scout out this unique attraction," said Susan B. Hardin, museum
director. "The museum is not just something you do; it's something you
The National Scouting Museum is an enjoyable, educational, and interactive
journey through the rich, 92-year history of the Boy Scouts of America. Prepare
to travel through time and retrace the history and heritage of the Scouting
movement from its service-oriented beginnings in England to its arrival in the
United States and its growth as a national movement.
Since its creation more than 40 years ago, the museum has collected, organized,
preserved, and displayed some of Scouting's greatest treasures. Today, the museum
houses more than half a million individual items and artifacts—from paintings
and uniforms to badges, pins, and letters.
Prepare to be engaged as you journey through the museum's 13 uniquely themed
areas, which tell the story of a movement that has touched more than 110 million
people. Visit full-size replicas of campsites from 1910, the 1950s, and today;
race pinewood derby cars; participate in a virtual-reality rescue; explore a
stockade-style fort; and listen to animated storytelling as you experience
firsthand the adventures of Scouting.
The museum also boasts the largest collection of Norman Rockwell Scout paintings
anywhere. The collection includes the first Scout painting he created in 1918 as
an illustrator for Boys' Life magazine to his last work, created in 1976.
Each season 40 or more works by various artists, including Norman Rockwell, Joseph
Csatari, and Remington Schuyler, will be displayed in the museum's art gallery.
The museum will also house the Boy Scouts of America's new Youth and Family
Research Center. Separate from museum operations, the research center will support
the Scouting movement's mission of serving youth and families in every community
in America by conducting primary and secondary research projects to support the
understanding and promotion of healthy youth and family development. It will also
allow for a comprehensive, scholarly study of the entire Scouting movement and its
role in social issues affecting youth.
The National Scouting Museum is guaranteed to provide an enjoyable experience for
youth and adults alike. Walking tours are open to the general public, Scouting units,
and school groups.
Mark your calendars now for fall 2002 to begin visiting the National Scouting
Museum. Grand opening activities are slated for October 19.
For admission prices, hours of operation, and directions, visit
www.bsamuseum.org or call