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Buffalo Bill Museum & Grave Named in Top Ten Western Museums of 2010

The May 2010 edition of True West Magazine, has named Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave as number 3 in the top 10 best Western Museums in the United States.

"True West Magazine is one of the most esteemed magazines among Western history enthusiasts. To be selected as the number 3 museum among Western Museums is a real honor," said Steve Friesen, director of the Buffalo Bill Museum & Grave. "This honor puts us on equal footing with such museums as the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming and the Autry Museum in Los Angeles."

The Buffalo Bill Memorial Museum was started in 1921, just four years after Buffalo Bill was buried on Lookout Mountain. Johnny Baker, a marksman with the Wild West shows and a foster son of Buffalo Bill's, began the Museum to house mementoes from Buffalo Bill's life and the Wild West shows. Because of his relationship to Buffalo Bill, he was able to collect many items from Cody's life as well as compile the largest collection of Wild West show posters in existence. Today the original museum building is a historic site housing a gift shop; the collection compiled by Baker is exhibited in a modern building beside it. Museum exhibits include historical timelines of Buffalo Bill's life and show business career, antique firearms, an exhibit on Buffalo Bill's relationship to the Indians, and a children's activity area. In the children's activity area, visitors can put on cowboy clothing and sit on a horse for photographs. The Museum also has an area for temporary exhibits on special topics.
Exhibits in this temporary area have focused on a variety of subjects including Wild West show posters, cowboy apparel, Western movies, etc.

The Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave are located on Lookout Mountain, just 30 minutes from downtown Denver. Museum admission is $5.00 for adults, $1.00 for children, ages 6 to 15 and $4.00 for seniors over 65. The Buffalo Bill Memorial Museum is open from 9 am to 5 pm, seven days a week, between May 1 and October 31. It is open from 9 am to 4 pm and closed Mondays between November 1 and April 30. Further information about ongoing events and activities at the Buffalo Bill Memorial Museum and Grave can be obtained by calling (303) 526-0744, writing Buffalo Bill Memorial Museum, 987 Lookout Mtn. Road, Golden, CO 80401, or visiting the Museum's web site at

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