Once again, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West has garnered a number of True West magazine’s “Best of the West” awards. Each year, magazine editors and readers pick their favorites of everything from western apparel and firearms to historic forts and cemeteries. A compilation of all the votes determines the Editor’s Choice Award and the Reader’s Choice Award in each category.
For 2017, the Center has earned the Reader’s Choice Awards for Best Western Museum, Best Western Art Gallery (Whitney Western Art Museum), and Editor’s Choice Award for Best American Indian Collection (Plains Indian Museum). In addition, the Center’s Centennial Winchester 1873, currently being crafted by Navy Arms, was selected as both the Editor’s Choice and the Reader’s Choice Awards for Best Commemorative Rifle.
The editors also chose the City of Cody as Best Old West Art Town, the Irma Hotel as Best Heritage Hotel, and Rocky Mountain Dance Theatre’s inaugural Buffalo Bill Wild West Show as Best Wild West Show.
“Once again, we’re honored to be in such good company on True West‘s ‘Best of the West’ lists,” says Marguerite House, the Center’s media coordinator. “The Best of the West is special since it incorporates the reader perspective, too. All told, Wyoming scored 14 spots on True West‘s ‘Best of’ list—that’s quite a compliment to our state! And for us, we count True West as a real partner in our efforts to celebrate the Spirit of the American West.”
Other past awards from True West for the Center of the West include:
- 2016 Top Western Museums, third place: Cody Firearms Museum
- 2016 Top Western Art Museums, second place: Whitney Western Art Museum
- 2015 Top Western Museum: Buffalo Bill Center of the West
- 2015 Top Western Art Museums, fourth place: Whitney Western Art Museum
- 2015 Best American Indian Collection: Plains Indian Museum
- 2014 Top Western Museum: Cody Firearms Museum
True West is the world’s oldest, continuously-published western American magazine. With its simple mission to “preserve the American West,” the publication launched in 1953 and is headquartered in Cave Creek, Arizona.
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 is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. For additional information, visit centerofthewest.org or the Center’s Facebook page.