National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West debuts simultaneously in 10 U.S. museums including Buffalo Bill Historical Center

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National Geographic photographers are renowned for their extraordinary achievement. Now this fall, an unprecedented collection of iconic images of the American West--an assemblage created within the last 125 years by National Geographic--are set to go on display simultaneously in 10 separate western museums throughout the U.S.

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Monument Valley, Utah, 2001. Bruce Dale/National Geographic Stock

...the first time a photography exhibition of this magnitude has opened at so many U.S. venues simultaneously...

No where is the Spirit of the American West more evident than in the upcoming "National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West,” a collection of iconic western images captured by National Geographic's most renowned photographers over a span of more than a hundred years. On October 27, 2012, the exhibition opens in 10 museums across America, including the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming.

The exhibition features an unprecedented selection of images that define the very spirit of the American West, all created by National Geographic photographers, including historic photographs from the oeuvres of Yellowstone National Park photographers William Henry Jackson and Ansel Adams. The show contains rarely seen and never-before-seen images from the National Geographic collection.

President and CEO of the National Musuem of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, James McNutt, says that this show “represents the first time a photography exhibition of this magnitude has opened at so many U.S. venues simultaneously.” McNutt and his crew worked with the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C., to organize the exhibition.

The companion book, "National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West: Capturing 125 Years of Majesty, Spirit and Adventure," goes on sale October 10, 2012.

Besides the three museums mentioned above, other venues opening October 27 are: Booth Western Art Museum, Cartersville, Georgia; Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art, Indianapolis, Indiana; Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa, Oklahoma; National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Rockwell Museum of Western Art, Corning, New York; C.M. Russell Museum, Great Falls, Montana; and the Stark Museum of Art, Orange, Texas.

“It has been a rewarding experience to collaborate with the National Museum of Wildlife Art and other western museums across the country, and we are thrilled to be hosting the exhibition,” adds Mindy Besaw, the John S. Bugas Curator of the Whitney Gallery of Western Artat the Historical Center. “This is an exhibition not to be missed—a great opportunity to view 75 of the most stunning and engaging photos of the American West.”

For more information about the “National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West,” visit the Center's Website.

The “National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West” exhibition is organized by the National Museum of Wildlife Art in collaboration with the National Geographic Society and Museums West, presented by The Mays Family Foundation.


Committed to connecting people with the Spirit of the American West, the Buffalo Bill Historical Center—located at 720 Sheridan Avenue in Cody, Wyoming—weaves the varied threads of the western experience—history and myth, art and Native culture, firearms technology and Yellowstone natural history—into the rich panorama that is the American West. The Center, an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is operating its summer schedule, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. through September 15; fall hours of 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. begin September 16. For general information, call 307.587.4771 or visit the Center's Web site.

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