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Dec 17th
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A new, state-of-the-art and interactive Buffalo Bill gallery at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyo. will open May 2012, and museum officials started the journey by packing up more than 3,700 objects from the old gallery for storage.

The theme of the redesigned Buffalo Bill gallery will be "William F. ‘Buffalo Bill' Cody: Man of the West; Man of the World," and visitors will be invited to "Encounter a great American icon again...for the very first time."
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A new, 14,000-square-foot Dinosaur Hall featuring Thomas the T. rex along with more than 300 fossils, 20 spectacular dinosaur skeletons and multi-media interactives is now open at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

Twice the size of the museum's old dinosaur galleries, the new permanent exhibition officially opened July 16, 2011 and rivals the world's leading dinosaur halls for the number of fossils displayed, the size and spectacular character of the major mounts, and the integration of recent scientific discoveries and research into the displays.
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As if you needed another reason to visit San Diego this year, the Maritime Museum of San Diego is bringing history and discovery to life with two groundbreaking initiatives in 2011.

The Maritime Museum announced it will construct a new historically accurate replica tall ship, the San Salvador, beginning in February. The San Salvador was the flagship of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo's 1542 voyage of discovery to San Diego.
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At the turn of the 20th century, civilian shooting competitions in the Old West used to attract thousands of spectators, some of whom travelled for days by wagons and horseback just to witness amazing feats of skilled markmanship.

The firearms used at some of these festivals were German and Swiss, called Schutzen target firearms, and now an important collection from America's Old West history has been presented to the Buffalo Bill Historical Center (BBHC) in Cody, Wyoming.
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The Western Discovery Museum at the Grand Canyon celebrates its official public grand opening today, Sept 13, 2010, and the museum promises visitors a unique view of the West and its legends.

The Western Discovery Museum (WDM) is located in Arizona 's newest incorporated Town of Tusayan near the south entrance of Grand Canyon National Park .
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It's beat up, there are splits and cracks in the soundboard, and if you saw the guitar at a garage sale maybe you might offer a couple of bucks for it, but the folks at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles are mighty happy to have it.

The acoustic guitar just happens to be the one that started Roy Roger's singing career in 1929 when he was still known as Leonard Slye. Rogers bought the guitar for $20 at a second-hand shop in Cincinnati, Ohio, before making his way to California.
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The Buffalo Bill Historical Center (BBHC) has announced it is now affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution, the world's largest museum complex and research organization composed of 19 museums, nine research centers, and the National Zoo.

Laura Hansen, of Smithsonian Affiliations, made the announcement at the BBHC's recent board of trustees meeting.
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