Visitors are in for a treat of beautiful art when they go to the Leanin' Tree Museum of Western Art in Boulder, CO. The work of many artists have been collected over more than 50 years and are now in display in this museum - which is free to the public.
More than 50 years ago, Ed Trumble made four artistic Christmas greeting cards that depicted scenes from the West. They were an instant hit, and he has been continuing to produce other cards and works of Western art. Today, there are more than 3,000 different greeting cards, and the family owned business now ships more than 30 million beautiful cards each year.
Because Ed loved western art, he also personally met every western artist that there was and slowly began to build his own collection. Over time, he added their artwork to his own private exhibit and built it up to what it is today - the largest collection in the US.
The Leanin' Tree Museum of Western Art is the result of Ed's collecting works of western art over the years. The art shows various features of the West, including wildlife, native Americans, cowboys, as well as western landscape. Today, there are more than 250 original paintings, and 150 bronze statues in the collection on display, from more than 100 different artists.
The museum has placed many of its bronze statues into an outdoor sculpture garden. The statues are often life size, or even bigger, and are sure to amaze visitors with their fine detail. Benches placed near the statues enable visitors to take in the beauty of the artwork, and also of the beautiful garden. Visitors can also have their picture taken beside one of these beautiful statues.
The Museum is also a great place for children, too. At times, the Museum puts on treasure hunts for children. Older children have quizzes given to them, and there are prizes given to both groups.
A gift shop enables visitors to be able to buy some of the products from Leanin' Tree. The plant is right there and they offer discounts on their merchandise. This includes Christmas and greeting cards, boxed notes, posters, and other gifts. Greeting cards are now available for just about every occasion, or holiday.
The Leanin' Tree Museum of Western Art in Boulder, CO, is open every day, except for the major holidays. The hours of the Museum are from 8 AM until 5 PM on Monday through Friday, and from 10 AM until 5 PM on Saturday's and Sunday's. Although the museum is on two floors, it is fully accessible. Tours are self-guided. Groups are welcome, should notify them in advance of your coming, and there is parking for buses.
Ed first opened the museum in 1974, and since that time, it has seen more than 599,000 visitors. The Museum is located only two blocks away from Celestial Seasonings - another place you will want to see. This museum is considered to be one of the largest private collections of modern western art in the United States.