Cody Firearms Museum – Introduction
As the foremost institution in the nation for interpreting firearms, the Cody Firearms Museum is undergoing an exciting renovation in order to be an even stronger destination for both firearms enthusiasts and the general public. Opening in the summer of 2019, there will be more firearms on exhibit, additional historical context, new multimedia displays, and a wide array of interactives.
For now, you can find firearms on display throughout the Center’s other museums including a temporary exhibition featuring the best in our collection.
Keep reading for a sneak peek of what’s to come!
Area 1: Introduction
This area provides an overview of firearms and the museum to prepare visitors to get the most out of their time in the Cody Firearms Museum.
Tools of Our Endeavors
The story of firearms is about people, ingenuity, and artistry. Behind every firearm, past and present, is a unique story about owners and users, manufacturing, technology, and art.
Stroll through the gallery to see the evolution of firearms. The Cody Firearms Museum houses an international collection from the year 1425 through present day. There’s something for every interest, from sporting to military arms, embellished firearms, movie guns, the physics of the firearm, the story of the west, and much more.
The Cody Firearms Museum showcases thousands of firearms and the roles they have played in the history of human endeavor.
A key to understanding firearms as objects, their role in history, and how they function
The study of firearms can seem overwhelming and wrought with complicated terminology and mechanics.
However, a basic understanding of definitions can quickly orient those less familiar with firearms. Before you head into the museum, this firearms basics orientation space can provide a base level of understanding that can lead to a greater appreciation of the collections.
Performers and Competitors
The current use of firearms by actors, exhibition shooters and athletes
Today, firearms are used by a multitude of different types of performers and competitors. Whether it is a gun used by your favorite actor or pro-athlete, they are a part of a long lineage of entertainment in America and abroad. Take note of this modern phenomenon as you experience firearm’s historical roots throughout the museum.
We hope you enjoy the newly renovated Cody Firearms Museum when it opens next summer!