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Exclusive Tours

Dig deeper into Wild West history

Book a private, expert-led tour through one of your favorite museums — and let us tailor the experience to your unique interests. You’ll get to dive deeper and see objects that aren’t currently on exhibit. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime, hands-on museum experience.

If you have questions, or your preferred time isn’t listed in the online booking calendar, please contact Exclusive Tours Coordinator Kirsten Michael below. We’ll do our best to accommodate you! Tours start at $90 for a single individual, with discounts available for parties of 2 or more.

Upcoming VIP "Tours & Toddies" Events

In addition to our daily Exclusive Tours (listed below), we also host occasional evening VIP events. Join one of the Center’s experts for an in-depth tour and then enjoy charcuterie and drinks. These events are $60 per person, $55 for Center members and require advanced registration. Here’s what’s coming up!

Curator's Cut: Danny Michael

AUGUST 19, 6 – 8 p.m.
Cody Firearms Museum Curator Danny Michael shares “Weird History” including blackmail, deception, thievery, and more!

Curator's Cut: Corey Anco

SEPTEMBER 2, 6 – 8 p.m. Draper Natural History Museum Interim Curator Corey Anco shares creepy, crawly, and crazy facts of the Yellowstone area!

Director's Cut - Part 2

SEPTEMBER 30, 6 – 8 p.m. Center Executive Director Rebecca West continues her tour of chilling encounters, artifact moments, and priceless memories!

Our Tours

Exclusive Tour - Cody Firearms Museum

Cody Firearms Museum Tour

Personalized tours through one of the largest public displays of firearms in the country. Listen to hidden stories and learn firearms facts that’ll surprise even the most dedicated firearms fans! Guests finish their tours by getting hands-on with select historic firearms from our collection.
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Buffalo Bill Museum Tour

In this tour, a top-tier guide will share the secrets of Buffalo Bill’s life and legends while offering special access to artifacts not on public display. Gain insider knowledge and the opportunity to get up close and personal with the history of the American West on these exclusive experiences.
Exclusive Tour in the Plains Indian Museum

Plains Indian Museum Tour

Experience the histories and living traditions of Plains Indian peoples with your personal guide as they lead you on an exclusive journey filled with powerful symbolism, hidden stories, and timeless artifacts. Learn about the cultures, traditions, trials, and triumphs of the Plains Indian peoples.
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Draper Natural History Museum Tour

Go beyond the labels to discover why Yellowstone is one of the most beloved places on earth for people, plants, and animals. Get hands-on with the stories of bears, wolves, and other species that call this region home, while the science behind erupting geysers or growing mountains might just blow you away!

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Whitney Western Art Museum Tour

Explore how art continues to shape perspectives on the American West! Experience diverse histories, landscapes, wildlife, and cultures of the American West through artworks and artifacts. Discover “behind the art” stories about artists, their subjects and inspiration, as well as mysteries of our collections!

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Hybrid Exclusive Tour

If you can’t choose just one of our extraordinary museums to explore, not to worry! You can choose several! You’ll have two hours to dip your toe into firearms and art history, or maybe walk through William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody’s life and legends before encountering Plains Indians cultures. Your interests, your experience!

Even More Great Tours:

Peter Fillerup (b. 1953). Bill Cody--Hard and Fast All the Way, 2010. Bronze, 144 x 192 inches (16 x 12 feet). Gift of Bill and Joanne Shiebler. 14.11

Outdoor SculpTOUR

LET’S TAKE A WALK and learn some history too! What better way to get some fresh Cody air AND discover something new than with an Outdoor SculpTOUR.

Join one of our Exclusive Tour Guides for an hour long outdoor walk around the museum with stops at the beautiful outdoor sculptures. Learn about the artists, the history, and the inspiration behind their amazing art.

THURSDAYS & SUNDAYS at 11 a.m.

Tickets for the new SculpTOUR are just $10/person and spots are limited.

Exclusive Tours After-Hours VIP Experiences

In addition to our daily Exclusive Tours for all ages and groups, Exclusive Tours at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West also offers fun, interactive, after-hours VIP events for adults. Tickets to these events are limited and include charcuterie and adult beverages after the tour! Prices vary by event. Click the video above to learn more!

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is included in an Exclusive Tour?

You get your very own highly trained and personal guide to bring you and your family/ spouse/ friends through the museum(s) of your choice and have your questions answered as they come up. We center tours on what the visitors want to focus on, be they a single specific topic or a general overview of many topics. These are not scripted tours; they’re conversations!

Tour participants also gain access to artifacts and stories not on display to the general public, and you get to take home limited-edition souvenir swag only available to Exclusive Tour participants.

How long do Exclusive Tours last?

Experiences usually last around 1.5 to 2 hours.

What times do Exclusive Tours take place?

We work with visitors and offer preferential booking options to fit their schedules. Depending on Exclusive Tours Guide availability, tours are offered seven days a week and can take place before, during, or after normal operating hours.

How many people need to/can be on a tour?

We can host groups of up to 10 people (occasional exceptions permitted) or groups as small as a single individual on Exclusive Tours.

Do we get to handle any objects?

Yes! Depending on the Exclusive Tour experience you book, there is a hands-on section. If you’ve ever wanted to put on the white, cotton gloves and look like a curator for a bit, this is your chance!

How much do Exclusive Tours cost?

Tours start at $90 for a single individual to take a private tour, with discounts available for parties of 2 or more.

How far in advance should I schedule my Exclusive Tour?

The sooner the better! The summer season books up extremely quickly for the Exclusive Tours team; though, we accept walk-in/same day bookings if there is an available Exclusive Tours Guide.

Do we get to go into any collection storage rooms or vaults?

Vault access is NOT included in Exclusive Tours. The hands-on component mentioned above takes place in a restricted area (badge access required) off limits to the public, but it does not take place in the vaults.

I have an old object I’d like to donate to the Center of the West. Who do I talk to?

If you want to donate or loan objects to the Center of the West, please e-mail [email protected] with information on and images of the objects. Please note, curators deal with an extremely high volume of these types of inquiries.

Book Now!

Spots for summer fill up fast! Book your tour today!

Questions? Contact our Exclusive Tours Specialist at [email protected] or 307-254-7073.