See inside the new National Scouting Museum at Philmont Scout Ranch

Reprinted with permission form Scouting magazine.

More than 600 people, including New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez and BSA Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh, helped formally dedicate the National Scouting Museum – Philmont Scout Ranch on Saturday (Sept. 26) in Cimarron.

In attendance were BSA volunteers and professionals, families from nearby towns, members of the media, and donors whose generosity made the museum possible in the first place.

The 19,500-square-foot museum holds a library, a gift shop, books, mementos, two large exhibit halls and an 88-person conference room.

It’s open all year long but will see its heaviest traffic during Philmont’s popular summer season, when Scouts and Scouters traverse Philmont’s trails and expand their Scouting knowledge at the Philmont Training Center.

BSA Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh and New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez were two of the big-name guests at the dedication ceremony on Sept. 15. (Provided photo)

What to expect inside


The National Scouting Museum – Philmont Scout Ranch will help preserve and showcase more than a century of BSA memories. Current and future generations of young people will be inspired by those who paved the way. The collection includes 600,000 artifacts that document Scouting’s unique influence on American culture.

In Exhibit Hall A, see how camping gear has evolved through the years. Marvel at classic BSA uniforms. Learn how Scouting has served communities for more than a century.

In Exhibit Hall B, explore the rich history of Philmont and the Great Southwest. Study a giant topographical map of Philmont. Watch an old mud wagon be restored. View priceless pieces of pottery. See the artwork of Ernest Thompson Seton.

For a look at the new museum — inside and out — keep scrolling for BSA photographer Michael Roytek’s photos from the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The National Scouting Museum – Philmont Scout Ranch offers a fascinating journey through the story of Scouting. (Provided photo)
Hours and more information

Nearly all of Philmont’s 32,000 annual visitors will want to visit the museum, which is open to the public seven days a week, except on noted holidays. Admission is free.

June 1 to Aug. 22:

  • 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., seven days a week

Aug. 23 to May 31:

  • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week

Visit this site for more information.

Editor’s note: Bryan on Scouting is the official blog of Scouting magazine, a Boy Scouts of America publication. Scouting magazine is published five times a year and is received by 1 million registered adult volunteers. Bryan Wendell, an Eagle Scout, is senior editor of “Scouting” and “Eagles’ Call” magazines.”

Photos from the ceremony by Michael Roytek/BSA and Shane Mrozek/Philmont:

National Scouting Museum – Philmont Scout Ranch opens to public June 8