Explore the saga that is the real West in our five, family-friendly museums: Draper Natural History Museum, Buffalo Bill Museum, Plains Indian Museum, Whitney Western Art Museum, and Cody Firearms Museum. The Buffalo Bill Center of the West shares the epic stories of Yellowstone and the American West together in one place, for one price. Join us as we connect people to the stories of the American West through our galleries, exhibitions, programs, and kid-approved activities. Through your presence and participation in all we have to offer, you will find that this is your West!
The Buffalo Bill Center of the West is located in the authentic western town of Cody, Wyoming, founded by our namesake, William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody.
We’re also located in the heart of the Greater Yellowstone region—just outside Yellowstone National Park’s East Gate. So we’re surrounded by the majesty of the Rockies and are privy to the history and myths of the Old West, the vibrant life of the New West, and the living cultures of Plains Indian peoples.
The Buffalo Bill Center of the West is an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.
Each museum, the research library, and the interpretive education department are represented by an Advisory Board.
The Buffalo Bill Center of the West has been a recipient of the TripAdvisor “Certificate of Excellence”—now the “Traveler’s Choice” award for the past several years. Thank you to the many folks who have enjoyed their visit here and said so on TripAdvisor!
The Buffalo Bill Center of the West maintains an overall rating of five of a possible five on the world’s largest travel website. We’re proud to say we are the top-rated attraction in Cody according to visitor reviews on TripAdvisor.
The Center and its museums are frequently chosen as winners in True West magazine’s Readers Choice awards.