The National Scouting Museum is open Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.
We are still following several Safe Practices Guidelines to reduce the spread of Covid-19.
|We ask that you Do Your Best to assist us including:|
* Wear a face coving while in the building
* Practice 6-foot distancing when possible
* Use hand sanitizer when entering
* Do not enter if you are sick
* Do not enter if you have a fever
The Library is open to the public
so feel free to check out the many titles in the
Seton Library Collection.
If you’d like more information please give us a call at:
(575) 376-2281 then chose OPTION 5
Links to the NSM Social Media Channels and Gift Shop resources
|Gift Shop||Online Gift Shop|
Preservation Workshop for
If you are part of a local Scouting Museum, from Museum Committee Chair or Director to a Staff Member, Volunteer, or just an enthusiast, the 2022 Preservation Workshop for Scouting Museums at the Philmont Training Center, June 19-25, 2022 is just for you. The registration portal is open and we are excited to invite you and members of your leadership team to join us for this inaugural PTC Museum Conference.
This weeklong hands-on workshop will be held June 19 – 25, 2022. It will focus on helping museum leaders of all levels to acquire new skills in artifact preservation, museum operations, exhibit design, and enhancing educational experiences for guests. In addition to participating in a workshop series through the week, participants will also support the preservation and restoration of the famed National Scouting Museum Seton Library collection.
Workshop topics include:
- Fundamentals for Organizing Local Scouting Museums
- Telling Your Story with Images and Paper
- Use of Photography in Scout Museums and Exhibits
- Use of Digital Media in Scout Museum and Exhibits
- Exhibit Design 101
- Book Preservation 101
- Oral History 101
- Preservation, Cataloguing, and Storage 101
- NSM Behind-the-Scenes Tours of historic spaces at Philmont
- Scouting Memories Project Demo
To learn more and register, visit the Philmont Training Center website.
We look forward to having you join us for a week of learning, networking, and exploring here at the Philmont Training Center and the National Scouting Museum.
Download the Preservation Workshop Pamphlet here.
The Villa Philmonte is open for public tours
at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm, Monday – Friday.
Reservations are required.
There is no admission fee but donations are accepted and appreciated.
For additional information, please call 1-575-376-2281 then select OPTION 5 or stop by the National Scouting Museum.
National Scouting Museum - Philmont Scout Ranch
The National Scouting Museum shares the rich history of the Boy Scouts of America with visitors, including the tens of thousands of campers, volunteers, and alumni that visit Philmont each year. The Museum is home to the Seton Memorial Library with reading and research rooms, a gift shop with jewelry, books, and mementos, two large exhibit halls, and an 88-person conference room.
For decades, the National Scouting Museum has played an important role in preserving and telling the rich story of the Boy Scouts of America and the positive impact Scouting continues to have on youth and families. The museum is committed to preserving the rich, 110-plus-year history of the Scouting movement by collecting, organizing, preserving, and displaying some of Scouting’s greatest treasures, including more than 600,000 artifacts.
This collection not only documents Scouting’s unique influence on American culture but also tells the story of a movement that has positively affected the lives of more than 110 million young people. The museum’s move to Philmont–where more than 30,000 people visit annually – exposes even more people to Scouting’s story and introduces unique opportunities to showcase parts of the collection throughout the country. The National Scouting Museum’s Philmont home is the primary place to see Scouting memorabilia, but the BSA’s expansive collection of Scouting collectibles will be spread far and wide. Additionally, we are working hard to make many parts of the collection and archives digitally accessible. It allows the BSA to establish displays and exhibits at the three other national high adventure bases: the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia, the Florida Sea Base, and the Northern Tier National High Adventure Bases in Minnesota and Canada, as well as the possibility for some items to be loaned to local councils for display in their facilities. All of this means more Scouts get a glimpse into the BSA’s powerful past.
Camping gear, uniforms, service projects, and more tell the story of Scouting in Exhibit Hall A. The history of Philmont Scout Ranch and the Great Southwest fill Exhibit Hall B. Study the ranch’s trails and camps on an over-sized, 3-D, topographical map, learn more about an 1850s mud wagon, view southwestern pottery, and learn about the artwork of Ernest Thompson Seton.
Waite Phillips built the Villa Philmonte as the New Mexico home for his family on the Philmont Ranch. It was completed in 1927 and was designed in Spanish Mediterranean style. Restored to the period when Phillips owned the ranch, it now serves as a memorial to him and his generosity to the Boy Scouts of America. You can view guided tour hours and call us to make a reservation.
Museum Gift Shop
The museum shop carries Southwestern Indian jewelry, Pendleton blankets, kachina dolls, pottery, and regional books.
Seton Memorial Library
Kit Carson Museum at Rayado
Philmont lies on part of a land grant given to Carlos Beaubien and Guadalupe Miranda by the Mexican government in 1841. Mountain man Lucien Maxwell founded a colony on the grant on the Rayado River in 1848. A year later, he was joined at the settlement by frontiersman Kit Carson. Their ranch on the Rayado was visited by many traders traveling on the Santa Fe Trail.
In 1950 the Boy Scouts of America built an adobe museum at Rayado to serve as an interpretive area to portray its history and recount the exploits of Maxwell and Carson. It was named in honor of Kit Carson. Staff at the Kit Carson Museum dress in period clothing and demonstrate frontier skills and crafts like blacksmithing, cooking, shooting, and farming. Each room in the museum is outfitted with reproduction furniture and objects typical of New Mexico in the 1850s. The Rayado Trading Company, located at the museum, sells books, maps, reproduction tools and equipment, moccasins, and blankets. The Kit Carson Museum is seven miles south of Philmont’s headquarters on New Mexico Highway 21. Summer hours are 8 AM to 5 PM daily. Admission is free. The museum is open only for special events during the rest of the year. LEARN MORE.
Historic Chase Ranch Museum
Founded in 1869, the Chase Ranch was successfully owned and operated by the Chase family for over 143 years. The historic adobe ranch house offers a glimpse of ranch life starting around the time of the Colfax County land grant war, through the territorial & statehood periods and into modern times.
This ranch and the Chase family where instrumental in transforming western ranching into what it is today! The historic adobe ranch house showcases ranch life from the era of the Colfax County War through the territorial and statehood periods into the 21st Century. Family books and favorite mementos are on view throughout the home. Gretchen Sammis was the last of the Chase family members to live on the ranch. She devoted her life to teaching in the public schools and taking care of her land and cattle. Gretchen was in the Cowgirl Hall of Fame. On Gretchen’s death in 2012, the ranch fell under the directorship of the Chase Ranch Foundation.
Philmont Scout Ranch works closely with the Foundation in continuing ranch operations and in maintaining the Chase Ranch House as a colorful, educational museum. During the summer months, guided tours are available of the main house, grounds, orchards and tack room. Site includes restrooms, picnic amenities and a gift shop.