FT. WORTH, Texas (National Cowgirl Museum) — True West Magazine named the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame the #3 Museum of the Year in its annual Top Ten list of Best Western History Museums.

True West notes that the Cowgirl’s focus on the experience of women in the West, its extensive exhibits and its focus on education are three of the many reasons it has received this honor, which is part of True West’s “Museums of the Year” feature in the September 2012 issue that hits newsstands on July 31.

The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame prides itself on its commitment to education. In the 2010-2011 school year, the Museum taught 17,000 students from nine states and two foreign countries, which is more than any other museum or organization in Texas, through 28 different distance learning programs. For the third year in a row, the Museum’s educational programs were selected as the Teacher’s Favorite in the American History category.

“The role of women on the frontier was and is so important to the overall story of our country. Thanks to the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, it’s a story that is being preserved and told. So it is only fitting that the museum receives recognition for its remarkable work in keeping the Old West alive,” says True West Executive Editor Bob Boze Bell.

The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame is the only museum in the world dedicated to honoring and celebrating women, past and present, whose lives exemplify the courage, resilience, and independence that helped shape the American West, and fosters an appreciation of the ideals and spirit of self-reliance they inspire. It is the legacy of legends.

Open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., admission is just $5 in honor of the Museum’s 10th anniversary. Children ages 3 and under are free, and group rates docent tours are available.