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National Scouting Museum

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Address: 1329 W Walnut Hill Ln, Irving, TX 75038-3027
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+1 972-580-2100
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 13:00 - 17:00
Mon 10:00 - 17:00
Thu - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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this was a wonderful hidden gem, that is properly advertised it would have done really well, since it is near the national HQ of the BSA. but sadly i hear it is closing soon and... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Craig B
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

this was a wonderful hidden gem, that is properly advertised it would have done really well, since it is near the national HQ of the BSA. but sadly i hear it is closing soon and moving :(

1 Thank Craig B
Management response:

Thank you, Craig, for visiting us! We hope you enjoyed your time here and hoped you were able to take plenty of pictures! More 

Irving, Texas
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6 reviews
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Reviewed 10 April 2017

Easy to navigate through the museum. So much to see! I was excited to check it all out. i love the geocachng.

1 Thank sharc123
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I'm so glad you were able to visit our museum and see everything! Geocaching is always fun, too! More 

Lincolnton, North Carolina
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64 reviews
26 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 3 April 2017

I earned my Eagle Scout badge way back in 1981 and this was the first time I was able to visit the National Scouting Museum. I'm so glad I took the time to see it too! It was a great walk down memory lane and it was interesting to see how much it's changed since I was last involved with... More 

1 Thank TravelingNudists
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Our Philmont team looks forward to your future visit! Thank you for coming to Irving to see us before the big move! More 

Magnolia, Texas
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98 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017

This museum was awesome with so many artifacts and interactive exhibits. My teenage Boy Scout who is not a fan of museums even enjoyed this one. It's such a shame they are closing it or moving part of it to Philmont, where not nearly as many people will be able to visit.

Thank Michelle W
Management response:

I'm so glad you and your Scout loved our interactive museum! I hope you were able to take plenty of pictures so you both may remember us fondly. Was he able to get his Scouting Heritage patch during his visit? If not, let me know and I can easily mail one to you! desiree.menken@scouting.org More 

Wimberley, Texas
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Reviewed 16 March 2017

Being an Eagle Scout and having been a Scoutmaster for 20 years as well as have 6 sons that are Eagle Scouts, I was excited when I heard they had upgraded the museum. What was so great about it is the interactive displays. I also enjoyed the Rockwell exhibit. This museum has been well done.

Thank lowemanc
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The Norman Rockwell Art Gallery is truly a great treasure for us as well! Thank you for visiting and for your encouraging words! More 

Dallas, Texas
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Reviewed 16 March 2017

A fun place to take your Scout! They have scouting memorabilia throughout the years on display. Also have a shooting arcade and pinewood derby race track. There's a Norman Rockwell art gallery also. They will teach merit badges there too. Too bad they are moving the museum to the Philmont Ranch in New Mexico! We loved taking the kids there!

Thank Socomom2
Management response:

Scouts from all over the world have had great times visiting our museum, and I'm so glad you and yours were able to visit as well! Was your Scout able to receive his Scouting Heritage patch? If he did not, please let me know and I will be happy to send one your way! desiree.menken@scouting.org More 

Houston, Texas
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103 reviews
59 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 19 February 2017

My oldest is currently a Boy Scout. We thought it would make for a cool merit badge as we were in town visiting family. I truthfully didn't expect much but was pleasantly surprised. First off, the museum is free! Yes, free. They do ask for donations but you can't beat free. They have a giant room with many Normal Rockwell... More 

Thank sgregory711
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Free is a great way we are able to share these great items and our museum with our guests! And spreading the word is even better! Thank you for sharing your memories with us! More 

San Angelo, Texas
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 13 February 2017

I had to stop in and check out the Museum. I was impressed at free admission on Sundays and Mondays. I enjoyed the Norman Rockwell Gallery. There is lots of interactive kid stuff to do. I enjoyed the full service scout shop. I'm sad to learn that the museum is closing and moving to Philmont in May17.

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Los Angeles, California
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100 reviews
33 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 29 January 2017

When you come here, you don't expect much, as it is basically hidden within the quiet community of Las Colinas. But upon entering it, you realize how much money went into it. It is beautifully put together, with well lit displays, amazing artifacts, historical information about the Scouts, former members, and the like. It is like a time capsule taking... More 

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Toledo, United States
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17 reviews
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Reviewed 28 January 2017

The Boy Scout museum was very nice. Lots of information. The film was interesting. Displays were nice. A great place to view Norman Rockwell paintings. The guide told us a lot of facts. However they are moving to Philmont NM. So you will have to see it there.

Thank Arnold D

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