• Welcome to the R.W. Norton Art Gallery and Botanical Gardens


    "I would like to paint the way a bird sings" - Claude Monet

  • Art Gallery and Museum

    "Art is not what you see, it is what you make others see" - Edgar Degas

Welcome To Our Museum

History Of Our Museum

The R.W. Norton Art Gallery houses an exceptional collection of art spanning more than four millennia.   Since its opening in 1966, the museum has become particularly well-known around the country for its impressive collections of works by those titans of western art, Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell.   The R.W. Norton Art Gallery is a teaching museum that uses the art to encourage community participation in thoughtful interpretations and discussions.

In the early 1920's, Richard W. Norton (1886-1940) became one of the discoverers of the Rodessa Oil Field in north Louisiana. Over time, Mr. Norton's wife and son began to amass a significant collection of fine art. In 1946, to honor Mr. Norton and for the benefit of the community, Richard W. Norton, Jr. (1919-1974) and his mother, Mrs. Richard W. Norton (1886-1975) created the R.W. Norton Art Foundation. In turn, the Foundation eventually established the R.W. Norton Art Gallery, basing its initial collection upon donations from the acquisitions of the Nortons. Today, due to the on-going efforts of the Board of Control and the Foundation's work, the R.W. Norton Art Gallery's offerings continue to expand, grow, and contribute to their community.   More Info


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About Our Museum

On View of Museum

The R.W. Norton Art Gallery boasts an extensive permanent collection that includes more than 400 paintings and a plethora of sculptures representing over 100 artists.   Our collection represents a wide variety of styles, time periods, and historical importance.


The Norton is home to an exceptional collection of pieces by "Western" icons Frederic Remington and Charles Marion Russell.   The Norton is also home to an extensive research library consisting of over 10,000 books, including Rare and Antiquarian Books, and the cornerstone piece of the library collection: John James Audubon's double elephant folio of The Birds of America.

Our Exhibitions

Upcoming events

The R.W. Norton Art Gallery hosts numerous events throughout the year.
We are proud to host both family events and events for the 21 and older crowd.

Museum Educational Event

10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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January 14 , 2017
Art Gallery

Picnic on the Park

10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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January 17 , 2017
Azalea Gardens
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