Established by the museum’s founder, John L. Wehle, the collection unites his passion for art with his interests in hunting, sports, wildlife, and conservation. Spanning the 17th to the 20th centuries, the paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures document the changing taste and styles of sporting and wildlife art. The gallery traces the history of equine, canine, racing, driving, angling, hunting and shooting art as well as wildlife from diverse areas of the United States.
Hailed by Wildlife Magazine as “one of the finest in the world,” results from 40 years of astute collecting by the museum’s founder, John L. Wehle. Visitors of all ages enjoy and are inspired by this internationally recognized collection.
The gallery houses a stunning collection of western views and sculptures created by artists such as Frederic Remington, Robert Henri, John Sloan, Eanger Irving Couse, Ernest Hennings, Ernest Blumenschein and other acclaimed artists who sought to create a truly American art.
Thanks to Jack Wehle’s connoisseurship, the gallery includes early castings of iconic works such as Broncho Buster and The Outlaw by Frederic Remington, End of the Trail by James Earle and superb examples of Taos Art Colony works.
Adding to the richness of the gallery are changing interpretive exhibits on 19th-century American life. Our Lincoln Log room offers craft activities and 4,000 Lincoln Logs ready for ambitious builders anxious to enjoy one of America’s favorite buildings toys, first introduced in 1859.
In addition, the historic collection of wildlife and sporting art features works by such distinguished artists as John James Audubon, Robert Bateman, Frederic Remington, Carl Rungius, Maud Earl, Bob Kuhn, Allan Houser and Bruno Liljefors.
The collection of notable paintings and sculptures traces profound social, artistic and ideological changes in the interaction between humans and animals. Shifting perspectives are dramatically portrayed among the works—animals as prey, as servants, as companions, and as subjects of curiosity and scientific inquiry.
Highlights of recent exhibits on display.A look back at past exhibits.
Join us for our Opening Day or bring mom for a special Mother's Day!
Join us for GCV&M's inaugural race through the Historic Village and Nature Center on Saturday, May 20!
It's happy hour in the Historic Village! Beer tastings, cider, & wine. Live music.
Music, dance, authentic food and drink--celebrate the traditions of the Scots and Irish!
Re-enactors portraying shopkeepers, housewives, merchants and soldiers amidst the sounds of fifes and drums; cannons and muskets; and Austen-era music and dancing. Fathers FREE!
Pageantry, marching bands and merrymaking are all part of the day’s July 4th festivities, highlighted by the swearing in of new American citizens.
Experience the shots, the cannons and the horses as reenactors bring the Civil War to life!
19th-century frontier life with Laura Ingalls Wilder Days, Saturday & Sunday, Aug. 5 & 6, and learn more about Laura's ties to Western New York.
A melodious weekend featuring hundred of musicians on four stages!