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Buffalo Bill Center of the West Media Fact Sheet

Buffalo Bill Center of the West

Physical Address:
720 Sheridan Avenue
Cody, Wyoming 82414

Phone Number:
307-587-4771

General E-mail Address:
[email protected]

The Center of the West at a glance

Connecting people to the American West

The Buffalo Bill Center of the West is the premier destination to experience the authentic story of the American West. Five world-class perspectives on aspects of the West mesh to move visitors to discover and develop personal connections to that story. A research library supports exploration of these perspectives.

The Center is an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. A repeat recipient of TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence from several years running, the Center also frequently wins honors in True West magazine’s annual “Best of the West” awards. 

The Center of the West takes visitors on an adventurous ride through the history of the American West via its 300,000 square feet of collections of artifacts, interactive displays, western art, and exhibits housed within five museums and one research library. The Center appeals to visitors of all ages and is an attraction that can be enjoyed over a few hours or a few days.

Less than a one-hour drive from Yellowstone National Park, the Center has become a memorable part of millions of family vacations and has also been named one of the “favorite museums for group travelers” by the National Tour Association.

Our five amazing museums

The Buffalo Bill Museum explores the history and myth of the American West through the private life of William F. Cody, his public persona of Buffalo Bill and the world-traveling spectacle—Buffalo Bill’s Wild West—that made him famous.

The Cody Firearms Museum examines the people and culture of the American West through the world’s most comprehensive collection of American-made firearms.

The Draper Natural History Museum illuminates the American West’s binding relationship between man and nature with a focus on the wildlife and landscapes of the Greater Yellowstone region.

The Plains Indian Museum reveals how the art, history, traditions, and contemporary lives of Plains Indian peoples helped shape the character of the American West.

The Whitney Western Art Museum depicts the tapestry of the American West through the eyes of the artists—Bierstadt, Remington, Russell, and more— who interpreted and defined it.

Our incredible research library

The McCracken Research Library advances the appreciation and understanding of the American West by preserving its archival history, supporting exploration of undiscovered resources, and making its large and significant photograph collection digitally accessible. Research by appointment.

Reading room of the McCracken Research Library, with book stacks and large table

Event & Experience Highlights

Draper Museum Raptor Experience
Thirteen live birds including golden eagle, bald eagle, peregrine falcon, red-tailed hawk, great horned owl, turkey vulture, American kestrels, short-eared owl, saw-whet owl, Swainson’s hawk, and a raven. Daily programs and opportunities to ask question of handlers March through November; occasionally in the winter. Call 307-578-4111 for details and current schedule.

Exclusive Tours
Private, expert-led tours of any of our five museums, or a customized a tour based on your interests, with special access to artifacts not on exhibit. Call 307-254-7073 for more information.

Chuckwagon Dinners
During the months of June, July, and August, on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, book a family-friendly, authentic Dutch oven dinner, cooked outdoors while you watch. Book in advance by calling 307-899-2027.

Exhibition Highlights

Advertising the Frontier Myth: Poster Art of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West through October 24, 2024, Anne & Charles Duncan Special Exhibition Gallery.

Poster, Col. W.F. Cody "Buffalo Bill." Gift of The Coe Foundation. 1.69.113

Guns of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Performers and Other Cowboy Acts, on view at least through the end of 2024, in our Cody Firearms Museum.

Lithograph, Buffalo Bill's Wild West poster featuring Johnny Baker, 1893. Gift of The Coe Foundation. 1.69.18

Best Seats on the Grounds: Behind the Scenes of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West, through 2024, McCracken Research Library.

View of Buffalo Bill's Wild West's arena grounds, ca. 1890. MS 6 William F. Cody Collection, McCracken Research Library. P.69.1512

James Bama’s Photographs: Portraits of the West, through August 4, 2024, John Bunker Sands Photography Gallery.

James Bama (1926 – 2022), Rodeo Riders, College Rodeo, Cody, WY, 1985. Black and white photograph. MS 243 James Bama Collection. P.243.02465
The Center of the West's Construction History

The Buffalo Bill Museum opened as a log cabin in 1927 in downtown Cody. In 1969 it moved to a new wing of what was then-named the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, joining the Whitney Western Art Museum (opened in 1959 as the Whitney Gallery of Western Art) on the Center’s campus. The Plains Indian Museum opened in 1979, the Cody Firearms Museum in 1976 (redesigned and reinstalled in 2019), the McCracken Research Library in 1980, and the Draper Natural History Museum in 2002.

Press Inquiries:

Contact Ken Straniere, Public Relations & Marketing Manager, 307-578-4137, [email protected]

Interview Opportunities:

Center curators, staff, and local historians are also available, by appointment, to members of the media seeking to add layers of colorful commentary, facts, and stories to their editorial coverage.

» Rebecca West, Executive Director & CEO «
» Karen Brooks McWhorter, Collier-Read Director of Curatorial, Education, and Museum Services «
» Sam Hanna, Curatorial Assistant, Buffalo Bill Museum «
» Danny Michael, Robert W. Woodruff Curator, Cody Firearms Museum «
» Corey Anco, Willis McDonald IV Curator of Natural History, Draper Natural History Museum «
» Gordon Ambrosino, Curator, Plains Indian Museum «
» Susan Barnett, Scarlett Curator of Western American Art for the Whitney Western Art Museum «
» Susan Fletcher, Housel Director, McCracken Research Library «
» Eric Rossborough, Associate Librarian; Senior Cataloger, McCracken Research Library «

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