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.


The National Scouting Museum will remain open for tours through Labor Day, Monday, September 4, 2017. More information about the museum relocation can be found here.

The National Scouting Museum maintains a collection that chronicles the collective history of the Boy Scouts of America, and documents related organizations throughout the world. Ranging in scope from fine art to merit badges, the Museum's collections are used for exhibitions, research, and education.


The Archives preserves the written and photographic history of the Boy Scouts of America. With over 1600 linear feet of historical documents the Archives is a valuable resource for research.


It is estimated that our artifact collection includes over 600,000 items! Artifacts range from personal items belonging to Baden Powell to merit badges and uniforms from all eras of Scouting.

Fine Art

The Boy Scouts have continuously relied on artists to deliver their message through visual narratives. The fine art collections at the museum reflect this long history and relationship between Scouting and American life.

Oral History Collection

The National Scouting Museum is preserving personal stories documenting the rich history of the Boy Scouts of America and we want to hear yours!