Top 10 Western Museums of 2011

7. Draper Museum of Nat’l History (Cody, Wyoming)

Just when you thought the Buffalo Bill Historical Center couldn’t get any better, the Draper added a new permanent exhibit last summer. Featuring fossils and showcasing the Yellowstone region’s fossil hunters, the exhibit was created by the BBHC, Wyoming Dinosaur Center and designer-fabricator Chase Studio. Check out that 10-foot-long allosaurus! The replica dig site represents one that former BBHC director Harold McCracken discovered in 1964. Nearly 100 years earlier, Buffalo Bill also developed a fetish for digging for dinosaur bones after serving as a guide for O.C. Marsh’s 1870 fossil hunt.

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