In celebration of its Centennial, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West is offering free admission for Wyoming and Montana residents all day on Sunday, June 4.
“As we look at all that’s led to the success of the Center of the West for 100 years, it’s clear that we owe so much to our supporters in this region,” says Bruce Eldredge, the Center’s Executive Director and CEO. “The Buffalo Bill Memorial Association (BBMA) began when area residents—with ties throughout the country—united to not only remember an icon of the Old West, but to dedicate themselves to preserving the American West for generations to come.”
The BBMA, the Center’s parent organization, formed on March 1, 1917, just a few weeks after William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody’s death on January 10. Its mission was to dedicate itself to “keeping alive the memory of a Great American, Scout, and Showman,” and to celebrate the West he loved.
The Center is open 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. For free admission on June 4, visitors should present valid photo identification upon arrival to admit themselves, spouses, and immediate family. To mark the occasion, the Center has two new special exhibitions, focused on its vibrant history: Cody to the World! 100 Years at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, and Out West Where the North Begins: Harold McCracken in Alaska and the Arctic, 1916 – 1928, a story of the Center’s first director—a young adventurer in Alaska who established a writing career that ultimately led him to Cody and the Center of the West.
Also available for purchase in the Museum Store is the Center’s special Centennial publication, Buffalo Bill Center of the West: Celebrating the Spirit of the American West. Learn more about the Center’s celebration—a hundred years in the making!
Since 1917, the award-winning Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming, has devoted itself to sharing the story of the authentic American West. The Center is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. For additional information, visit centerofthewest.org or the Center’s pages on Facebook and Google+. #100YearsMore