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Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West Named #1 Western Museum by True West Magazine! 2023 marks the ninth consecutive year Western Spirit has received a top distinction

News release by Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West

facebook icon linkedin icon twitter icon pinterest icon email icon Scottsdale, Arizona | August 01, 2023 09:43 AM Eastern Daylight Time

Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West announced today it has been honored with the prestigious title of "#1 Western Museum" by True West magazine, 2023. The announcement is featured in the special 70th-anniversary edition of the September magazine, currently available on newsstands.

For the 18th consecutive year, True West magazine has presented the award for Top Western Museums of the West, recognizing outstanding institutions that embody the spirit of the American West. Their editors base the selections on criteria evaluating exhibits, facilities, multi-media and online accessibility, events, and promotion of historic/cultural resources.

Western Spirit’s mission is dedicated to preserving the rich history and cultural heritage of the greater American West and works to highlight the importance of safeguarding artwork, artifacts, and stories that illuminate the region's past to shape our future.

Upon receiving the news of this recognition, Todd Bankofier, CEO and Executive Director of Western Spirit, expressed his enthusiasm, saying, "Being named the #1 Western Museum for 2023 by True West is a tremendous honor. We take immense pride in our ongoing efforts to provide captivating activities that cater to visitors of all ages, ensuring that every day, we share the awe-inspiring stories of the West.”

David Scholefield, Western Spirit's Marketing Director, added, "We strive to create engaging and authentic experiences that connect visitors to the past, present, and future of the West, and this #1 distinction motivates us to continue our mission with even greater purpose."

"Since its opening in 2015, we have seen Western Spirit’s commitment to excellence through exceptional contributions that preserve legend and legacy, attracting audiences from all over the world,” said True West magazine’s Executive Editor Bob Boze Bell. “Western Spirit’s #1 Western Museum award is a well-deserved accolade for a true pioneer in the field.”

Western Spirit features regularly changing and permanent exhibits of Western and Native American art and artifacts, entertaining events, and informative programs that bring the West’s heritage, culture, and community to life. Currently featuring Western Pop: Andy Warhol & Billy Schenck - through November 26, 2023; Werner Segarra: Vaqueros de la Cruz del Diablo - through February 25, 2024; The Gather: A Portrait of the American West - through August 27, 2023; Elliott collection preview - through Fall 2023; “Dazzling Array: The Richard A. Gates Collection of Native American Jewelry” – ongoing.

For more information on current exhibitions and events at Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, go to Scottsdalemuseumwest.org.

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About Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West

Western Spirit is located in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale. Within months of opening in January 2015, Western Spirit qualified as a Smithsonian Affiliate. The museum has received the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, enjoys a 4.5 out of 5-star rating on both TripAdvisor and Yelp, and is continually recognized as one of the "Nation's Best Western Museums" by True West magazine, newly named #1 in 2023). Also named to Phoenix Magazine's 2022 Best of The Valley Readers' Choice: "Best Museum You Probably Don't Know About", Arizona Foothill's Best of Our Valley: "Best Museum & Best Annual Charity Event: Saddle Up" and the winner of Your Valley's "East Valley Favorites" for the museum category. For more information, visit www.scottsdalemuseumwest.org.


About True West

True West magazine is in its 70th year of leading the way in presenting the true stories of Old West adventure, history, culture, and preservation. For subscriptions and more information, visit TWMag.com, or call 480-820-5545. By publishing information from this press release, you agree to credit True West magazine for any information you may use in your reporting. Please also include the newsstand date of the issue and where it can be purchased: twmag.com. When information is used for a promotional blurb for movies, TV, books, music, etc., you only need to credit True West magazine, but if space allows, we appreciate you adding our contact information.


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