Heron near Orange, Texas, location of the Stark Museum of Art
Texas-Louisiana-area Heron © Author Adventures

According to its website, the Rare Books and Manuscripts room of the Stark Museum of Art in Orange (near the border of Texas and Louisiana) features “The Birds of America by naturalist John James Audubon. These five double elephant folios, which depict the birds of North America, belonged to the artist. The groundbreaking publication is widely regarded as one of the finest illustrated books of all time. In addition to Audubon’s The Birds of America are letters and journals by Audubon and artist Paul Kane, seven Books of Hours manuscripts, and more rare treasures.”

You can also see rare illustrated books of Charles Dickens and original watercolors of C.M. Russell, among other classic works of illustration.

If traveling with young children, read this before you visit: How to Prepare Children for the Stark Museum of Art.

Also see more on Audubon through our Florida and Kentucky pages, plus C.M. Russell’s site under Montana.

The Stark Museum of Art is the third stop on Texas Trail Part Two!

Patricia Smart