Top 10 Western Museums of 2011

3. The Autry in Griffith Park (Los Angeles, California)

Singing cowboy Gene Autry might have been a man’s man in a Nudie suit (in the movies), but the museum he founded knows that women helped shape the West. A special exhibit, “Home Lands: How Women Made the West,” which ran from April-August, blended more than 1,200 years of Western, women’s and environmental history from pueblos to suburbia using artifacts, art and photographs, focusing on women such as black Denver doctor Justina Ford; home economist, author and chef Fabiola Cabeza de Baca; and Seattle mayor Bertha Knight Landes.

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