The National Scouting Museum in Irving, Texas is closing permanently at 5 PM on Sunday, September 3, 2017.
A new Scouting Museum will be opening at Philmont in May 2018. Please go to this website for more information about the new Museum.

About Us

Telling Extraordinary Stories


Our History

Established in 1959, the National Scouting Museum is the official museum of the Boy Scouts of America. The Museum is committed to preserving the rich, 100+ year history of the Scouting movement by collecting, organizing, preserving and displaying some of Scouting's greatest treasures. This collection not only documents Scouting's unique influence on American culture, but also tells the story of a movement that has touched more than 110 million young people.

Locations Through the Years

  • In 1959, the Johnston Memorial Museum opened in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
  • In 1986, the Museum was moved to the grounds of Murray State University in western Kentucky, where it remained for 15 seasons.
  • In October 2002, the Museum opened adjacent to the national headquarters of the Boy Scouts of America in Irving, Texas.
  • The National Scouting Museum will remain open in Irving, Texas through Labor Day, Monday, September 4, 2017. More information about the relocation to Philmont Scout Ranch can be found here.

Fun Facts

  • It would take ~3.2 million merit badges to fully cover the Museum's 53,000 square feet floor!
  • The museum is home to approximately 600,000 artifacts. The collection includes oil paintings, uniforms, patches, photographs, film and letters.
  • Our oldest artifact is a Chinese compass from 1500.
  • The Museum owns the first Eagle medal ever awarded to a Scout? In 1912, Arthur Eldred of Oceanside, New York, became the first Eagle Scout. His merit badges, neckerchief, and Eagle award are currently on view at the Museum.
  • Our largest artifact is a red convertible Geo Storm MTV pace car that was built by an Explorer post sponsored by General Motors.
  • The Museum features full-size replicas of campsites from 1910, the 1950's, and today.
  • There are thirty-seven artworks currently on view in the Museum. These include illustrations by Norman Rockwell, Joseph Csatari, Howard Chandler Christy, J.C. Leyendecker, Dean Cornwell, Remington Schuyler, the Walt Disney Studios, and other American artists.
  • At 58 original artworks, the Museum boasts one of the world's largest collections of work by Norman Rockwell. This includes his World War I era illustrations for Red Cross Magazine, and work for his last official painting for the Boy Scouts of America from 1976.

An amazing place for Scouts to earn their Scouting Heritage Merit Badge!

The National Scouting Museum and our on-site expert, Joe Connole, typically helps about 28% of Scouts earn this Merit Badge.

In the News!

We were recently featured on Texas Homes for Sale, Check out the article here: Celebrating an Adventurous Legacy at The National Scouting Museum.


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