The Buffalo Bill Historical Center is your go to museum for all things West. It is a large museum complex with five museums and a research library if you are wanting to delve even deeper into the life and times of Buffalo Bill and the land and lifestyle that made him famous. If you are entering Yellowstone from the southeast take the time to stop off at this wonderful museum, it helps give perspective and a greater appreciation for western states like Wyoming. There are 5 separate museums that make up the Buffalo Bill Historical Center.
- The museum complex namesake the Buffalo Bill Museum just newly remodeled tells the life and times of William F. Cody the man famously known as Buffalo Bill.
- The Plains Indians Museum features the fascinating history, culture, and traditions of the Plains Indian Tribes.
- The Whitney Gallery of Western Art showcases not only western art but famous artists that sculpted and painted some of the various pieces in the museum
- The Cody Firearms Museum has the most comprehensive collection of American firearms in the world.
- The Draper Museum of Natural History will get you excited about getting out and seeing the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem with dioramas and photography of the flora and fauna that is out there.
Besides the superb exhibits that can be found in the five museums there is also a museum shop with artwork, jewelry and other types of gifts, a cafeteria like restaurant, and special exhibitions that change throughout the year. The Buffalo Bill Historical Center also has several different summer programs and activities to choose from. Some of their activities are
- Realities of Rattlesnakes during the week which will give you a chance to talk with a rattler
- Greater Yellowstone Raptor Experience gives a chance to get up close to five different birds of prey
- Chuckwagon Cooking which gives visitors a chance to taste the west.
The Buffalo Bill Historical Center is a great place to understand the west through myth and reality. It does a good job showing a romanticized vision most us have of the west, but then grounds it in reality with some of their exhibits and displays. Karen and I believe the best way to see this museum, especially if you are driving in, is try to arrive in the town of Cody in the early afternoon that way you can take advantage of the two day ticket that comes with admission. Go in the afternoon and then that morning before you head off to Yellowstone. It is well worth the visit and though the price might seem a little steep remember that it is actually for five different museums along with the activities they provide.If you are interested in finding out about more things to do in Yellowstone Country you can go to the Park County Travel Council website at http://www.yellowstonecountry.org/ to get some valuable information.
Buffalo Bill Historical Center
Located at 720 Sheridan Ave, Cody, Wyoming
Hours of Operation: Open Daily May through September 15 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. September 16th through October 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. the rest of the year 10:00 to 5:00 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Days and Mondays Tuesdays and Wednesdays during December through February
Cost as of this Posting: Adults $18 Seniors 65 and over $16 and children 6 to 17 $10 tickets are good for two days
For more information on the Buffalo Bill Historical Center visit their website at http://www.bbhc.org/
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