PONY EXPRESS MUSEUM
ponyexpress.org


Discover the brief but dynamic history of the Pony Express and its important role in the expansion of the West.  Learn about the danger, hardships, network, riders, stage stops, exhibits and memorabilia from this fascinating window of time.



JESSE JAMES HOUSE/MUSEUM
jessejamesmuseum.com


Learn the real story behind one of the most famous and endearing outlaws of the Old West and the mystery that still surrounds him.



TEXAS RANGER MUSEUM AND HALL OF FAME

texasranger.org


Before there was law, there were the Texas Rangers, who tamed the wild frontier their proud legacy of justice.



THE NATIONAL COWBOY AND WESTERN HERITAGE MUSEUM
nationalcowboymuseum.org


Home of the Annual Western Heritage Awards, this leading museum, complete with Main Street, represents all that is the special timeline in a unique period of America. With fine art, the world famous Indian sculpture, comprehensive exhibits, artifacts and memorabilia, it sets itself apart.



PIONEER MUSEUM
cspm.org


Housed in a new home in Colorado Springs, this facility showcases all the history of our pioneer ancestors in their vision, dreams, sacrifice, hardships, daily life, strength, ingenuity, wagon trains, and tells the story of how they paved the way on the famous trails still used today.



THE ALAMO
thealamo.org

It is the pride of Texas and the famous battle cry during the period of the Republic, where the heroes, outnumbered by Santa Anna, fought t the butter end to buy critical time for General Sam Houston to bring final independence at the Battle of San Jacinto. Visit the museum and the Riverwalk in historic and beautiful San Antonio.



MUSEUM OF THE MOUNTAIN MAN
museumofthemountainman.com


Featuring the legacy of man as one with nature and the Native American respect for the land, these adventurers were explorers, scouts and traders and blazed many vital new trails to open the West. They still live on in the spirit of the great fur rendezvous of today.



BUFFALO BILL GRAVE & MUSEUM
buffalobill.org


Pony Express rider, scout, buffalo hunter, Indian fighter and showman extraordinaire, he was the celebrity of the West and left a legacy with his Wild West Shows, dime novels, ranches and hotels. He embodied all that was the West and is buried on Lookout Mountain overseeing his beloved plains. Learn more at his museum there and watch for the buffalo herd.



BUFFALO BILL CENTER OF THE WEST
centerofthewest.org


This beautiful center in Cody, Wyoming has assembled a comprehensive collection from the man whose name lives on in the hearts of all who dream of the west.  Guns, saddles, wagons, fringed clothing and much more, reflect this icon of the West in every way. The center honors his incredible life, also, with several festivals and events. Learn more while staying at his famous Irma Hotel.



PANHANDLE PLAINS MUSEUM
panhandleplains.org


Important artifacts of the South Plains life and Palo Duro Canyon are part of the great exhibits here.  It also honors the Comanche life and last chief Quanah Parker, the Battle of Adobe Walls and the final days of the plains Indians way of life. Visit the musical "Texas" while you're here.



NATIONAL COWGIRL MUSEUM
cowgirl.net


Cowgirls were as tough as cowboys and leaders in ranching, land management, breeding and an important part of the shaping of the cattle and horse industries today.



COWBOYS OF COLOR
cowboysofcolor.org


Along with the Buffalo Soldiers, cowboys of color embraced the West in everything they did after the bitter war between the states. The famous Bill Pickett Rodeo is a true testament to all their ranching, rodeo and livestock skills.  They paved the way for all who yearned for the hard, but rewarding life on the ranch and leave a legacy of rich history today.



PRO RODEO HALL OF FAME
prorodeohalloffame.com


Honoring the great in the sport of professional rodeo (PRCA), such as Casey Tibbs, Ty Murray, Larry Mahan and many more, it has changed a little since the days of the great ranches, and now commands world sponsors, global broadcasts, huge purses, and millions of fans.



COLORADO RAILROAD MUSEUM
coloradorairoadmuseum.com


The days of the "Iron Horse" also numbered the age of the Wild West as railroad kings laid more track which opened up new territories, created new towns and brought the expansion of the West to the Pacific shore. Learn more here and see the incredible model train town, along with some of the finest historic examples of real train engines, Pullman cars, cabooses and memorabilia...  Visit the city of Golden just down the road when you're here.



THE GUN MUSEUM
thegunmuseum.com


Guns were an essential part of the shaping of the West and continue to play that role today.  The Davis museum displays a wide spectrum of historical firearms and educates the visitor with insight in the development of the guns that won the west. It also offers and excellent DVD special feature "1840's Gunsmith Shop", for all avid westerners , collectors and owners.



WELLS FARGO MUSEUM
wellsfargomuseum.com


With 11 museums across the country, Wells Fargo tells their important story through amazing exhibits, promotions, special events, stagecoaches, archives representing their legacy role in the West.



CHEYENNE FRONTIER DAYS MUSEUM
oldwestmuseum.org


Housing over 100 years of memorabilia from "The Daddy Of 'Em All", this special facility includes rodeo champions, exhibits, archival  film and more as it also embraces the history of Cheyenne and Wyoming.



GLEN EYRIE CASTLE

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Summer home of General Palmer who forged the city of Colorado Springs and the health mecca of Manitou Springs, this massive historic castle, now a museum and bed & breakfast, offers many tours and educational programs. With a comprehensive collection of memorabilia and artifacts, original room settings, furnishings and more, travel back in time to the grandeur of a true visionary and visit the area surrounding it, as it invites you to share an important piece of history.























AUTRY NATIONAL CENTER

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JOHN WAYNE BIRTHPLACE MUSEUM
johnwaynebirthplace.museum




CHARLES RUSSELL MUSEUM

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CUSTER BATTLEFIELD MUSEUM

custermuseum.org/events.htm


This western treasure houses and honors the memorabilia of the 7th Calvary and the Battle of the Little Big Horn. Famous for the largest encampment and last effort of the plains tribes to preserve their ways as the united against George Armstrong Custer and his troops who met their fate and changed history. Learn more at the extraordinary facility which also honors the only other Tomb of the Unknown Solider and presents it's authentic re-enactors who even advise today's military leaders in strategies of war, An amazing place in an amazing time.



LEADVILLE NATIONAL MINING MUSEUM

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The home of the "Silver King", Horace Tabor and his beloved wife, Baby Doe, who died waiting for silver to come back to the famous Matchless Mine. Leadville has survived the boomtown days and still celebrates it's rich heritage with festivals, railroad tours, recreational activities at Turqoise Lake, historic homes, Tabor Opera House, National Mining Museum, music, dining and more. It is truly living history in the spirit of the West in the Rockies.



NATIONAL RANCHING HERITAGE CENTER

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GHOST TOWN MUSEUM

ghosttownmuseum.com/


With a complete main street inside an Old West world of it's own, this important facility preserves every day life as you look through the windows and doorways of the jail, barbershop, doctor's office, general store and much more. With wagons on the street, boardwalks, antiques, and memorabilia -- you literally step into the West. An experience you will never forget!



THE KING RANCH & MUSEUM
kingranch.com


In 1853, Capt. Richard King bought 65,000 acres, which grew to almost a million as he founded an entire breed of cattle and became the head of the largest ranch in the world, which is still operating today.  Visit the museum, saddle shop, railroad center and the county seat of Kingsville.



FREDERIC REMINGTON ART MUSEUM
fredericremington.org

With over 77 pieces of this master western artist on display, they include oil paintings, sculptures, sketches and more.  This prolific icon of the West is honored with a comprehensive collection housed in New York for all westerners to learn about and enjoy.



WILL ROGERS MUSEUM

willrogers.com


This national treasure was a film star, radio personality, humorist, cowboy, trick roper and philosopher, who remains in the hearts of millions of fans-westerner or not. He is honored in this museum and at his 400 acre birthplace in Claremore, Oklahoma. He is also celebrated with many festivals, memorabilia from his incredible life, educational programs, award ceremonies, and a shrine on Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado Springs, Colorado.



MUSEUM OF THE CHEROKEE

cherokeemuseum.org


Honoring the Cherokee tribe in history, memorabilia, exhibits and events. The nation who created their own language, publications, schools and respect within the white man's world. They endured the dark history of the Trail of Tears as they were moved from their ancestral lands to a new world, which they forged as their own, in their proud heritage that continues today.






CRAZY HORSE MEMORIAL

crazyhorsememorial.org


Home of the worlds largest mountain carving, located in the Black Hills of South Dakota.



JM DAVIS ARMS & HISTORICAL MUSEUM

thegunmuseum.com

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SMITHSONIAN MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN INDIAN
nmai.si.edu

An all-inclusive presentation of the great indigenous people’s culture in the western hemisphere. Comprehensive exhibits include all facets of their daily lives, traditions, tools, religion, art, crafts, dwellings, food, artifacts and music; from the people of the far north to the plain tribes; from the eastern/southeastern and southwest to the Indians of Mexico and South America, this educational experience of a lifetime is like no other.

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The WESTERN HERITAGE NETWORK (WHN) is partnering with the nation's leading museums as a leader in the education and promotion of all that is West. WHN features all cowboy, cowgirl, cowboys of color, historical sites, Native American, fine art, culture, western history and related halls of fame.

Their websites will be linked to WHN and be featured in an on-going series in our films, magazine, television and events to support the WHN mission of education for all present and future generations of westerners as we work closely with the National Education Association.

Special WHN discounts for all museums will be offered for member, group, veteran, youth, and senior westerners.
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