The National Scouting Museum–Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico was officially dedicated on September 15th, 2018. After one and a half years of construction, the vision of combining the National Scouting Museum, previously located in Irving, Texas, and the Philmont Museum–Seton Memorial Library is complete.
“These two historic institutions are now one comprehensive museum which will tell the story and preserve the legacies of the Boy Scouts of America,” says Kevin Dowling, Philmont’s general manager.
Visitors can experience the 108-year history of the BSA through priceless Scouting artifacts and fascinating exhibits. They’ll learn the story of Scouting, the Order of the Arrow, Philmont and the American Southwest.
The 19,500 square feet of interior space allows for a gift shop, library with reading room and visiting scholar’s room, two large exhibit halls, and an 88-person conference room. A big workshop, administration area and two-room collection storage area are new luxuries for the staff.
To illustrate the importance Ernest Thompson Seton played in the creation and support of the Boy Scouts ofAmerica, and his connection to conservation through The Campfire Club of America this plaque was dedicated as part of the ceremony and resides near the entrance to the complex.