The original focus of the Museum of the Red River was the collection and display of art and artifacts of indigenous peoples of the Americas. Founders Quintus and Mary Herron were world travelers who noted that the arts and crafts of the native peoples were moving from their original purposes within the cultures to more commercial purposes. They wanted to save and preserve pieces that were created for the use of the peoples themselves. Over the years the museum’s collections have grown and broadened, encompassing items from all over the world.
The facility is now undergoing major expansion so the exhibits have been reduced in number and moved to the on-site conference facility. Construction will continue for many months.
Don’t skip this, however, what you will see will be interesting and unique. This museum comes as a big surprise to city folk who don’t expect to see such quality and variety in this out-of-the-way place.