The Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming, celebrates the Spirit of the American West by weaving together the stories of the western experience—history and myth, art and Native culture, firearms technology and natural history—into the rich tapestry that is the West. Make your trip complete with a stop at the Center.
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Named for William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody, the man who “took the West to the world,” the Center reveals these stories of the past and present. Learn all about Buffalo Bill, his Wild West show, and the West he knew and loved in the newly renovated and reopened Buffalo Bill Museum. Follow his life from frontiersman to actor, showman to entrepreneur, real man to the legend he became.
Whether you’re on your way to or coming from Yellowstone National Park, just 50 miles to the west, delve into the natural history of the Greater Yellowstone region by exploring our Draper Museum of Natural History.
Discover the art of the West through stunning, priceless masterworks of painting and sculpture in our Whitney Gallery of Western Art, with subjects ranging from inspirational landscapes, unique wildlife, diverse peoples, and the fascinating heroes and legends of the West.
Share the life stories—the culture, history, and art—of the Northern Plains Indian peoples, past and present, and hear these stories in their own voices at our Plains Indian Museum.
The story of the American West is incomplete without firearms. As you tour the most comprehensive collection of American-made firearms in the world in our Cody Firearms Museum, see how firearms factories, competition, and production innovations have as much to do with the West as the gun itself.
Yes, the West, with its rich history, fascinating natural environment, and diverse cultural heritage, comes alive at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.