Robert Henri Museum and Art Gallery
One of America's greatest artists and art instructors
Welcome to the Robert Henri Museum and Art Gallery located in Cozad, Nebraska. Robert Henri (Robert Henry Cozad) was one of America's greatest artists and one of its most important art instructors. In our environmentally controlled gallery, built in 2014, you will find the largest collection of Henri’s work on display than anywhere else in the world. We have a major exhibit entitled Through My Own Language: Robert Henri and His Portraits, Paintings and Sketches. There are thirteen of his paintings, forty-three of his sketches and three prints of his work exhibited along with personal items including letters and props. There are also examples of the work of some of his students.
Next to the gallery is the Robert Henri Museum which is located in the boyhood home of Henri and includes a number of family pieces on display. It was restored to its 1878-79 appearance in the mid-1980s. The museum contains exhibits, period furnished rooms, a gallery for temporary art shows and a gift shop. In 2021 the museum will be opening a new exhibit entitled Robert Henri: From the 100th Meridian to International Fame. It is also where many of the museum's programs take place including our receptions for our Artists in Residence, Artists of the Month, the annual Robert Henri Arts Festival, and our annual Holiday at the Henri program along with privately sponsored events.
We are open and hosting visitors with an abundance of caution. We adhere to the social distancing rules, specifically that we all keep six feet of distance between us. Our staff will be wearing masks and gloves for their safety and for our visitor's safety. We encourage but will not require that our visitors wear masks. We will not be taking large tour groups yet but that may come in the future as the new regulations allow. We want you back but if you are sick, please stay home until you are well, or if you have been sick recently, please respect our other visitors and staff and come back when you are completely well. While we are closed for the winter, we can arrange appointments for visits if you call in ad advance.
Our web page provides you with a great deal of information about our programs, activities, collection, and archives. You can keep up to date about our museum's regular activities by going to our Facebook page or signing up for our digital newsletter. You can find about both by going to our Join and Support pages. We look forward to visiting with you at our museum and sharing our wonderful collection with you.
Through My Own Language:
Robert Henri and His Portraits, Paintings and Sketches
A recent visitor wrote on our Facebook page after visiting our site the following post:
An International Treasure!
Well, we did discover another treasure on this trip. We stopped in the little prairie railroad town of Cozad, Nebraska. There are just a few signs on I-80 for the Robert Henri Museum.
Cozad was the boyhood home of the painter Robert Henri (born Robert Henry Cozad), whose father John J. Cozad founded the town but fled after murdering a man, after which the young painter worked as "Robert Henri". $5 gets you a tour of the family home, which is remarkable because of its masonry construction, every brick having been brought in by rail.
Moreover, you get a tour of their gallery and it's world-class collection of Robert Henri paintings, sketches, etc.
This is not just some Cowtown operation. The affair is entirely professional, like you took one single gallery out the Met and teleported it to the prairie! We were lucky enough to be shown around by Director Osborne. And lunch at the 242 House restaurant next door was really good too!
Funding for the museum's exhibits and programming is provided by Humanities Nebraska and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment and many generous individuals and organizations.
Preserving the Legacy of Robert Henri for Thirty-Five Years
On Loan from Tammy and Larry Paulsen
In Memory of Ike and Shirley Paulsen
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The museum can be reached by either phone, email or snail mail. Because the museum staff is not on-site full time there may be a little delay in getting back to you.
218 East 8th Street
P.O. Box 355
Cozad, Nebraska 69130