Hundreds of museums celebrate the American West — including more than a few east of the Mississippi River. But “True West” magazine says the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum is among the best.
The list of the 10-best American West museums is in the magazine’s September 2017 issue, on newsstands now.
“Mark Twain is one of the most important chroniclers of the development of the West,” says “True West” Executive Editor Bob Boze Bell. “The Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum does a great job of showing his life and his work. It’s truly a great Western museum.”
Two-time Spur Award-winning writer Candy Moulton and the editors of “True West” selected the winners for this annual award based on travels, research and firsthand experiences in visiting dozens of Western museums each year.
Moulton cited the museum for its size and scope, including five buildings and two museums that display personal items from Twain’s life as well as a number of exhibits of his times and works.
Top 10 list
“True West” magazine’s list of Top 10 American West museums includes:
10. The Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum, Hannibal, Mo.
9. Cultural Heritage Center, Pierre, S.D.
8. Silver City Museum, Silver City, N.M.
7. Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park, Tombstone, Ariz.
6. Panhandle Plains Historical Museum, Canyon, Texas
5. Old Cowtown, Wichita, Kansas
4. The Brinton Museum, Big Horn, Wyo.
3. Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, Scottsdale, Ariz.
2. The Witte Museum, San Antonio, Texas
1. The Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Cody, Wyo.