|Main entrance to Museum of the Big Bend on the campus of Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas|
As museums go, it is not very large. However, the exhibits are well done, and they are designed to introduce visitors to the distinctive natural history, human history and confluence of cultures in the Big Bend region. One notable exhibit during our visit was the Big Bend Plein Air exhibit. En plein air is a French expression which means “in the open air” and is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors. The Plein Air paintings currently on display were produced by the Plein Air Painters of the Four Corners region (the area where Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico meet).
The museum is a great place to start off a tour of the Big Bend region as it will introduce visitors to the history and culture of the area. Flash photography is not allowed, so some of my pictures may seem a bit dark.
|Replica of a carreta such as was used not only in the Big Bend region but in many areas of the American Southwest|
|Chuck wagon display.|
|Plein Air Exhibit|
|Buffalo Soldier Exhibit|