William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody—he was scout, frontiersman, showman, actor, entrepreneur, and American icon as well as our namesake. The Buffalo Bill Museum interprets his life in the context of the broader story of the American West. What will you find here? A few highlights…
This 28-foot-wide poster depicts Buffalo Bill, an international celebrity, appearing before Queen Victoria during the Wild West’s first tour in London in 1887. A promotional poster like this would have been placed on barn sides or billboards to entice people to the show.
Buffalo Bill wore this coat while serving as a civilian scout for the U.S. Army. Made of buffalo hide with beaver fur trim, it blends Euro-American and American Indian styles. After becoming a national celebrity, Cody wore this coat on stage for theatrical performances.
With his embroidered and fringed show jacket, hip boots, Stetson hat, and beaded gauntlet gloves, William F. Cody’s performance image helped him become one of the most recognizable figures in the world.
There are abundant and amazing treasures to be found throughout the Center of the West’s five, world-class museums. Find a sampling of objects in each museum by checking out our Highlights Map.