2. Adams Museum & House (Deadwood, South Dakota)
It’s hard to find a more consistent museum than this Black Hills gem, founded in 1930 by Deadwood pioneer W.E. Adams and reopened, and reinterpreted, in 2000. Sure, you’ll see displays on Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane, but the museum also showcases those forgotten miners, the Chinese and Jewish immigrants, and few museums offer such a wide range of special events like the Adams does. Last year, visitors got to hear from lifelong friends North Dakota Deputy Sheriff and later President Teddy Roosevelt and Deadwood’s Sheriff Seth Bullock (played by re-enactors). And—we’re sorry we missed this one—they also got to attend a chocolate workshop where chocolate was discussed, made and, yep, eaten.