True West Magazine Names Buffalo Bill Center of the West America’s #1 Western Museum

Buffalo Bill Center of the West; Cody Firearms Museum Top 10
Buffalo Bill Center of the West
Buffalo Bill Center of the West
Buffalo Bill Center of the West

Cody, WY -( True West Magazine has tapped the Buffalo Bill Center of the West as its 2015 Top Western Museum.

“We’re honored to receive the True West award,” says the Center’s Executive Director, Bruce Eldredge. “It speaks volumes to our collective efforts to celebrate the Spirit of the American West—past, present, and future. I commend our staff, our trustees and advisors, and our volunteers who make the West come alive each day for our visitors, on site and online.”

For nearly a dozen years, True West has recognized the best western museums and best western art museums in America for their dedication to keeping the Old West alive in our communities and nation.

“The Center of the West’s dedication to excellence, and their mission of preserving and interpreting our great western heritage for all generations, is inspiring,” adds True West Executive Editor Bob Boze Bell. “They truly keep the Old West alive.”

True West Magazine Top 10 Western Museums 2015
True West Magazine Top 10 Western Museums 2015

True West also tapped the Center’s Whitney Western Art Museum in its list of the best western museums, naming it #4 in the 2015 Top Western Art Museums. According to True West, they chose the Whitney “because of their superior exhibitions and ability to reach all generations through their creativity in interpreting the West while fulfilling their institution’s mission.”

Earlier this year, the magazine named the Center’s Plains Indian Museum as the Best American Indian Collection. The Cody Firearms Museum was included in True West’s 2014 Top Ten Museums list.

Western Writers of America Spur Award-winning writer Johnny D. Boggs and the editors of True West picked the winners for this annual award based on the extraordinary efforts of the museums over the past year to create and host new temporary exhibits, as well as maintain dynamic permanent exhibitions.

Now in its 62nd year, True West magazine presents the true stories of Old West adventure, history, culture, and preservation. For more information, visit

About Buffalo Bill Center of the West

Since 1917, the award-winning Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming, has devoted itself to sharing the story of the authentic American West. The Center, and affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is currently operating its winter schedule, open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Thursday – Sunday.

For additional information, visit or the Center’s pages on Facebook and Google+.

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I heartily concur with the honoring! The Buffalo Bill Center should be on the bucket list of any American. A pilgrimage to the place would be in order. The center is actually five separate exhibits dedicated to their titles. Each section is excellent in it’s own right. The admission tickets are good for two days, which makes them a cultural bargain. Two days? Indeed! Give yourself two full days, and start early. That being said, I’m the type of museum goer the pretty much looks at everything and reads all the placards. If you are the “walk on bye” type… Read more »