The Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum Honored by True West Magazine
Hundreds of museums celebrate the American West (including more than a few east of the Mississippi). ButTrue West magazine says The Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum is one of the best.
The entire list of best museums is in True West's September 2017 issue, on newsstands now.
"Mark Twain is one of the most important chronicler 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 extensive 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.
True West Magazine's Top 10 Western Museums includes:
10. The Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum, Hannibal, MO
9. Cultural Heritage Center, Pierre, SD
8. Silver City Museum, Silver City, NM
7. Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park, Tombstone, AZ
6. Panhandle Plains Historical Museum, Canyon, TX
5. Old Cowtown, Wichita, KS
4. The Brinton Museum, Big Horn, WY
3. Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West, Scottsdale, AZ
2. The Witte Museum, San Antonio, TX
1. The Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Cody, WY
The True West museum feature lists other institutions of note--including regional standouts--and the "Best Western Art Museums," led by the Sid Richardson Museum in Fort Worth, TX.
True West magazine is in its 65th year of leading the way in presenting the true stories of Old West adventure, history, culture and preservation.
Museum Nominated by USA Today
USA Today 10Best announced The Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum as one of the twenty candidates selected as nominees in their USA Today 10Best Attractions in Missouri award.
Online voting, by the public, will determine the Top 10Best Missouri attractions by USA Today's travel edition. Visitors on the 10Best website can cast one vote per attraction per day.
The Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum is in some good company with other attractions from around the Show-Me State including the Gateway Arch and City Museum in Saint Louis, Branson's Entertainment District, Harry S. Truman Library and Museum and Meramec Caverns.
The Best Missouri Attraction contest writers note, "One of the most populated states in the Great Plains, Missouri has it all - big city attractions in St. Louis and Kansas City and wild, open places like the rolling Ozark Mountains."
Voting ends at noon, Monday, Aug. 28.