For its stories of Western heritage that inspire people to visit and explore, the Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas, has been named one of the top ten museums in the West. The recognition comes from True West Magazine,now in its 63rd year of presenting the true stories of Old West adventure, history, culture and preservation. The award cites the museum’s superior exhibitions and ability to reach all generations through creativity in interpreting the West while fulfilling their institution’s mission.
“Nevada State Museum’s dedication to preserving and interpreting our great Western history for all generations, is inspiring,” said True West Executive Editor Bob Boze Bell. “They keep the Old West vibrant and relevant for 21st century audiences.”
Boot Hill Museum in Dodge City, Kansas, and the Autry Museum of the American West, Los Angeles, were others noted in the top ten.
“Museums across the West continue to embrace Old West stories with exhibits on John C. Fremont, Liver Eatin’ Johnston, cattle trails and the Buffalo soldiers, but as they reach out to newer audiences, they are expanding their storylines. In our “Top Ten Museums of 2016″ you might have a chance to learn about and view work of Old West artists, guns from the Western television era or even hear the histories of World War II veterans,” the magazine site said.
The award recognizes the museum’s excellence in not only showing the artifacts that are important to a local place — from prehistoric tools to 20th-century clothing — but engaging visitors through use of better films, more interactive exhibits and stronger programs, particularly those aimed at younger visitors.
For a dozen years, True West magazine has recognized the best Western museums in America. Spur Award-winning writer Candy Moulton and the editors of True West picked the winners for the annual award based on the museums’ efforts to create and host new temporary exhibits and maintain dynamic permanent exhibitions. The museum feature includes “Ranch and Agriculture Museums,” “Best Historical Buildings,” “The Top Ten Western Museums” and “Art Museums to Watch.” For more information, contact the magazine at (888) 687-1881. The Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 309 S. Valley View Blvd., Las Vegas.