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The National Scouting Museum

Irving, Texas

The National Scouting Museum has a large collection of Norman Rockwell paintings.

Starting in 1924, Norman Rockwell painted Boy Scout related illustrations for the Brown and Bigelow Boy Scouts calendar.

Rockwell created these pictures every year except two from 1926 through 1965. The original paintings were then donated to the Boy Scouts of America. The paintings were then in turn published on the cover of the Scouting magazine, Boys' Life.

Many of these cover illustrations are on display at the Museum.

Boy Scout Portfolio

A partial list includes these paintings:

  • A Good Scout (1925)
  • A Scout is Friendly (1932)
  • On to Washington (1935)
  • America Builds for Tomorrow (1938)
  • The Scouting Trail (1939)
  • A Scout is Friendly (1943)
  • We, Too, Have a Job to Do (1944)
  • I will Do My Best (1945)
  • A Guiding Hand (1946)
  • All Together (1947)
  • Men of Tomorrow (1948)
  • Friend in Need (1949)
  • Our Heritage (1950)
  • Forward America (1951)
  • The Adventure Trail (1952)
  • On My Honor (1953)
  • A Scout Is Reverent (1954)
  • The Right Way (1955)
  • The Scoutmaster (1956)
  • High Adventure (1957)
  • Mighty Proud (1958)
  • Tomorrow's Leader (1959)
  • Ever Onward (1960)
  • Homecoming (1961)
  • Pointing the Way (1962)
  • A Good Sign All Over the World (1963)
  • To Keep Myself Physically Strong (1964)
  • A Great Moment (1965)
  • Growth of a Leader (1966)
  • Breakthrough for Freedom (1967)
  • Scouting Is Outing (1968)
  • Beyond the Easel (1969) (features a self-portrait of Rockwell)
  • Come and Get It (1970)
  • America's Manpower Begins with Boypower (1971)
  • Boypower Manpower (1971)
  • Can't Wait (1972)
  • From Concord to Tranquility (1973)
  • We Thank Thee, O' Lord (1974)

The Museum also has other original Rockwell works, including some studies and sketches where Rockwell hashed out his ideas before the final finished painting.

About The National Scouting Museum

The Museum is open on Monday 10AM till 7PM, on Tuesday through Saturday 10AM till 5PM and on Sunday 1PM till 5PM. The Museum is closed on all major holidays and also the first week in January each year.

Admission is very reasonable with discounts available for seniors, Scouts and school groups. Children under age 4 are admitted free.

Driving directions and maps are available through the website.

The National Scouting Museum
1329 West Walnut Hill Lane
Irving, Texas 75038

Phone (800) 303-3047

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Norman Rockwell Quotes:

I'll never have enough time to paint all the pictures I'd like to.

No man with a conscience can just bat out illustrations. He's got to put all his talent and feeling into them!

Some people have been kind enough to call me a fine artist. I've always called myself an illustrator. I'm not sure what the difference is. All I know is that whatever type of work I do, I try to give it my very best. Art has been my life.

Right from the beginning, I always strived to capture everything I saw as completely as possible.

The secret to so many artists living so long is that every painting is a new adventure. So, you see, they're always looking ahead to something new and exciting. The secret is not to look back.

I can take a lot of pats on the back. I love it when I get admiring letters from people. And, of course, I'd love it if the critics would notice me, too.

You must first spend some time getting your model to relax. Then you'll get a natural expression.

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Norman Rockwell's painting, A Drum for Tommy or Santa with Drum, appeared on the cover of The Country Gentleman on 12/17/1921
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