Fodor's Expert Review Buffalo Bill Center of the West

Cody Fodor's Choice

This extraordinary "five-in-one" complex, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, contains the Buffalo Bill Museum, the Whitney Western Art Museum, the Plains Indian Museum, the Cody Firearms Museum, and the Draper Natural History Museum. All are well organized and mount superb exhibitions in their respective subject areas. The flagship Buffalo Bill Museum puts into context the life, era, and activities of its (and its town's) namesake, William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody (1846–1917), whose numerous careers included guide, scout, actor, and entrepreneur. If you want to understand how the myth of the American West developed, this is the place to come. The other four museums—there's also a research library—are equally absorbing. Plan to spend at least four hours here—and to discover that this isn't enough time to take it all in. Luckily, your admission ticket is good for two consecutive days.

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720 Sheridan Ave.
Cody, Wyoming  82414, USA


Sight Details:
Rate Includes: $20, Closed Mon.–Wed. in Dec.–Feb., Mar., Apr. and Nov., daily 10–5; May–mid-Sept., daily 8–6; mid-Sept.–Oct., daily 8–5; Dec.–Feb., Thurs.–Sun. 10–5

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