Cody Firearms Museum Programs
Although it is essential to keep the museum’s firearms securely mounted in fortified display cases, under carefully controlled climatic conditions, it is also important to bring them into the closest possible contact with our visitors. To do so, the Cody Firearms Museum uses interactive computer programs and presentations by firearms authorities, historians, collectors, and skilled craftsmen/artists in the galleries and other accessible areas.
As a consequence, the museum has produced fourteen video presentations on the pivotal role of firearms in the development of the American West and in the emergence of the Industrial Revolution in this country. Every step in the production of rifles and shotguns can be viewed in detail, and all the important aspects of the embellishment of firearms by engraving and inlaying can be seen and studied. There is also a highly-innovative, three-dimensional depiction of the parts and sequential functions of revolvers and semi-automatic handguns. Finally, there are a series of computer kiosk depictions of five of the most popular and historically significant firearms in our collection. Each presentation is divided into three time levels of 60, 90, and 120 seconds respectively so that viewers can choose any one or all three of them, depending on the amount of time they have and how much information they want.
Particularly in our summer high-attendance period, it is quite common to see an actor in appropriate uniform portraying a civil war surgeon with his authentic medical instruments; another actor portraying a soldier in the post-Civil War era preparing to fight Native American warriors; an accomplished engraver busily pursuing his art and answering questions from visitors; a firearms historian demonstrating the use of a vintage antique rifle or handgun, and permitting visitors to handle the inert gun with their own hands.
Each of these methods bring the firearms and their accessories, and the stories they have to tell, up close and personal, resulting in new and unforgettable experiences.