On Sunday, December 1 the Buffalo Bill Center of the West moves to its winter schedule, open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Thursday – Sunday; closed Monday – Wednesday. The winter schedule stays in place through February. The schedule change coincides with the official opening of Pronghorn Passage, an exhibition chronicling the annual migration of pronghorn antelope in Wyoming through photographs, sculpture, and video.
The Center hosts its annual Holiday Open House, a free celebration for the community and surrounding region, on Saturday, December 7. Filled with festive decorations, holiday music and dance, Christmas treats, and of course Santa Claus, the event takes place 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Center encourages all attending to share the spirit of the season by bringing a can of food or new, unwrapped toy. The Center will be accepting these items for Toys for Tots and Cody Cupboard from December 5 – 8 for distribution in the community during the holiday season.
Live entertainment for the event runs simultaneously in two venues throughout the day—school, family, and community groups, as well as local performing arts organizations, all perform at the event on a volunteer basis. Programs offer something for everyone: holiday music by choruses, choirs, and jazz bands; and dance in a variety of styles. The complete entertainment schedule is available on the Holiday Open House page.
From early December through the beginning of January, the Center’s halls are decked with festive decorations for the season. For Christmas week, the Center makes an exception to the winter schedule and will be open Monday and Tuesday, December 23 and 24 (closed Christmas day). Regular winter hours resume Thursday, December 26. More information on hours and visiting the Center can be found at the Visit section of the Web site.
Since 1917, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West has been committed to the greatness and growth of the American West, keeping western experiences alive. The Center, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, weaves the varied threads of the western experience—history and myth, art and Native culture, firearms, and the nature and science of Yellowstone—into the rich panorama that is the American West. The Center of the West has been honored with numerous awards, including the prestigious 2012 National Tour Association’s Award for “favorite museum for groups,” the 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, and, most recently, one of the “Top 10 Must See Western Museums” by True West magazine.