Best of the Red River Valley 2020: Best Museum
This year's winner for Best Museum is a longtime family favorite that transports families back into history and provides beautiful backdrops for events asnd weddings.
Winner: Bonanzaville USA
Location: 1351 Main Ave. W., West Fargo
Despite the changes required to keep their staff and visitors safe and reduce the risk of contracting coronavirus, Bonanzaville Executive Director Beth Jansen says the exhibits and grounds actually improved and increased community engagement this year.
"Visitors of all ages find an exhibit they can personally connect with," she says. "Young children love the historic buildings while older adults find items reminding them of days gone by."
With 36 historic buildings, special interest exhibits, or the Main Museum, Jansen says every person finds something to love.
"Here at Bonanzaville, we have taken all recommended precautions to limit the spread of covid including additional cleaning, limited capacity at events, social distancing, protective barriers and eliminating hands-on activities," Jansen says.
During the winter, Jansen highlights their Main Exhibit Area will remain open and free to the public on weekends to help locals to become familiar with area history in a trusted space.
"With 12 acres of outside activity and small group events, Bonanzaville is the perfect place to get out into the community while staying safe," she says.
Second Place: Plains Art Museum
Third Place: Fargo Air Museum
Fourth Place: Hjemkomst Center
Fifth Place: Rourke Art Museum