Visit the Buffalo Center of the West

Planning to visit us soon? Let us help! Here’s what you really need to know:

Regular Winter Hours: Open Thursday–Sunday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Special Holiday Hours for 2016

  • December 24: Open 10 a.m.–3 p.m. (closing at 3 p.m. for Christmas Eve)
  • December 25: Closed Christmas Day
  • December 26–31: Open 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (open special that Mon, Tues, & Wed)
  • January 1: Closed New Year’s Day
  • Regular Winter Hours resume January 2


  • December 1 – February 28: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Thursday – Sunday
  • March 1 – April 30: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily
  • May 1 – September 15: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily
  • September 16 – October 31: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily
  • November 1 – 30: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily

Admission Rates

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Video: The Center in 61 seconds

Brochures and guides

Find your true West here at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming. Together, our five museums and research library tell the authentic story of the American West—past and present, history and myth, art and culture. See amazing collections, quality exhibitions, programs and events, live raptors, and more. Located just 50 miles from the East Gate of Yellowstone National Park, the Center of the West is the perfect stop whether you are on your way to or from the park.

Unable to visit in the near future? Stay in touch!

If you hope to visit sometime in the future but can’t do so right now, here are some ways to stay in touch with the Buffalo Bill Center of the West:

Click here to save! Buy your admissions tickets in advance.

Looking for more detail?

If you have a bit more time, take a look at this 30 minute video. Our 2014 rack card

Hours and Rates

Click to view our Rack Card. Admission to the Buffalo Bill Center of the West is good for two consecutive days. Click here to buy tickets. $1 discount for AAA members (up to 2 adults/group). Blue Star Museum program member: free admission for active duty military personnel and their families.

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Visitor guides

Our visitor guide will help you find your way in the Center of the West once you get here. View and print the guide ahead of time if you like! View our English language Visitor Guide.

For our international visitors, guides in selected languages:

Facility features and amenities

Restaurant & Coffee Bar Automated teller machine
Auditorium (seats 160) Museum Store
Free parking Classrooms
Free internet access Wheelchairs (subject to availability)
Immaculate restrooms Outdoor sculpture gardens
Research library

TripAdvisorTripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence!

The Buffalo Bill Center of the West has won awards and rave reviews on TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel website. For four years running—2013, 2014, 2015, and now 2016—we have been honored with TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence! And we’re the number one attraction in Cody as well!

Visit us on TripAdvisor to find out more.


From motels to hotels, bed and breakfasts to dude ranches, families can find all kinds of lodging in the Cody area to suit any taste and any budget. Click here to find out more…

Group sales

The Buffalo Bill Center of the West caters to groups! We can add made-for-your-group “western immersion experiences” to your visit: helping with art conservation, special lunch with curators and authors, authentic cowboy music, and even day hikes.

For current rates or questions, e-mail Group Sales Coordinator Debra Elwood, call 307-578-4114, or click here to find out more….

Plan your visit to Yellowstone with this regional map

Directions and maps

The Buffalo Bill Center of the West is located in Cody, Wyoming, in the northwest corner of the state, 50 miles from Yellowstone National Park. Click here to find out more…


There is much to see and do in the Cody area and the Greater Yellowstone region. How do families and groups decide what to do next? Make an itinerary! Click here to find out more…

Your trip to Yellowstone starts here!

'Yellowstone Falls' by Albert Bierstadt. 2.63

‘Yellowstone Falls’ by Albert Bierstadt. 2.63

Yellowstone National Park is in the Buffalo Bill Center of the West’s “backyard.” The Center is the place to learn more about the Greater Yellowstone region before your visit to Yellowstone—or answer any lingering questions afterwards.Here, you can explore the nature of Yellowstone, see how artists have interpreted its wonders, and discover the ways in which everyone from Native Americans and trappers to today’s families has experienced the park. Click here to find out more…