Beginning February 16, 2017, the art gallery will temporarily close while the current exhibition is taken down and prepared for conservation. The gallery will reopen March 17, 2017, debuting an exhibition of Boys Life covers featuring Rockwell paintings, along with high-quality reproductions of some of Rockwell’s most recognizable Scouting-themed art. It is important to note that the original Norman Rockwell paintings will only be on display at our current location until February 15, 2017. The originals will spend the remainder of 2017 receiving conservation treatment to preserve this important collection for generations to come!
The National Scouting Museum will remain open for tours through Labor Day, Monday, September 4, 2017. More information about the museum relocation can be found here.
Enjoy a virtual tour!
The Boy Scouts have continuously relied on artists to deliver their message through visual narratives, and the program has historically attracted outside advertisers seeking to graphically align brand products with Boy Scout morality and spirit. The fine art collections at the museum reflect this long history and relationship between Scouting and American life.
Did you know that working for the Boy Scouts of America was Rockwell’s first job as an artist? The National Scouting Museum has the largest Scouting-related Rockwell collection in the world. The collection includes 48 original Rockwell paintings as well as 11 studies and drawings.
Joseph Csatari is considered Norman Rockwell's successor as the official artist for the Boy Scouts. Like Rockwell, Csatari completed Boy Scout calendar illustrations and covers for The Saturday Evening Post and Boys' Life magazine. His involvement with the Boy Scouts of America has been one of length and dedication.
Joseph Christian Leyendecker
J.C. Leyendecker, one of Norman Rockwell’s inspirations, was a prolific illustrator in the early 20th century. Best known for his Saturday Evening Post covers and his Arrow Collar and Shirt man, the NSM collection includes two original Leyendecker paintings of Boy Scouts.