Today's Hours
Museum: Closed
Gardens: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Today's Hours
Museum: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Gardens: 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
About Us
Azalea Gardens
Surrounding the R.W. Norton Art Gallery are 40 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds and botanical gardens, where tens of thousands of plants, including several thousand of introduced and native azaleas burst forth in spring. Our gardens are set among gentle swells of land, shaded by tall columns of venerable pines and oaks. Beneath them, a stream tumbles down slopes, and splashes into a reflective pond spanned by an arched bridge. Paths wind through the flowers, their meander accented with the outdoor sculptures of wildlife. Here and there, garden benches await - - perfect for resting, reading, watching birds, and listening to the breezes in the high crowns of trees. Something is blooming all year here in these gardens that Southern Living named "one of the South's favorite spots".

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The Building
When the building for the R.W. Norton Art Gallery was originally planned, it was determined to use a contemporary design that would be light, open, and possess the potential for expansion. The resulting museum opened to the public in 1966 and presently contains twenty four exhibition rooms. The long-range plans of the founders were realized when an expanding collection made necessary the addition of a south wing which opened in 1990 and a north wing, which opened in 2003. Visitors with physcial disabilities find easy entrance to the building as there are no steps from the curb to the front entrance and no stairways inside the Norton on the main museum level. Wheelchairs are available for loan at no charge to visitors for use indoors.
Collections
The R.W. Norton Art Gallery houses an exceptional collection of art spanning more then four millenia.
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.

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Education
Museums are natural destinations for the shared interests of schools and families. These visits enrich traditional classroom education and help children place their knowledge within a larger context. The R.W. Norton Art Gallery is a teaching museum. Using the art as textbooks, the entire curriculum for an academic school day can be taught in a rich and rewarding environment. Educators are encouraged to contact the museum for help in designing a personalized instructional experience for their next visit.

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History
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.
Library
The Gallery houses a research library containing approximately 15,000 volumes consisting of books on the fine arts, United States history, Louisiana history, and genealogy.
The non-circulating collection includes rare books and folios, including the very rare double elephant folio of John James Audubon's The Birds of America.
Mission
The mission of R. W. Norton Art Gallery is to collect, preserve, study, exhibit, and stimulate appreciation for and advance knowledge of works of art and literature. The R. W. Norton Art Gallery manifests this commitment by establishing, preserving, and documenting a permanent collection that primarily but not exclusively reflects 19th and 20th century American and European art; by presenting exhibitions, tours and educational community programs; by sustaining a research library for scholarship; by supporting publications of intellectual merit; and by encouraging the exchange of ideas and art with other cultural venues in the local and regional area. Central to R. W. Norton Art Gallery’s mission is the encouragement of an understanding and enjoyment of art and literature by the diverse local, national, and international audiences that it serves.
Oral History Project
Not all heroes get headlines. But thanks to the R.W. Norton Art Foundation’s Oral History Project, they do get remembered. These people, living quietly among us, changed our lives in ways we hardly realize. Their stories, whether tales of wartime valor, the struggle to obtain civil rights, pioneering efforts in the oil industry, gifted and innovative music-making, or building a community both diverse and vibrant, deserve to be told and recorded. In short, the Oral History Project is dedicated to preserving the stories of the men and women who made the world in which we live a better one.

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