Event spaces: choose the right location
The Buffalo Bill Center of the West offers a variety of event spaces tailored to your needs, whether you’re planning a reception, meeting, conference, or party. Explore the spaces below and click here to peruse our menus. To set up a tour of our event spaces, e-mail Events or call 307-578-4000.
Indoor Event Spaces
Looking for Outdoor Event Spaces? Click here.
Kuyper Dining Pavilion
The Buffalo Bill Center of the West recently opened the brand new Kuyper Dining Pavilion. This spacious, 4,500 square feet facility includes seating for between 150 and 200 people, and overlooks the redesigned Cashman Greever Garden complete with sculptures and water features. A full-height glass wall allows indoor/outdoor seating for diners.
The Center’s five museums connect in a circular pattern we call the “Hub,” also known as the Main Lobby. This beautiful event space offers a view of the Whitney Western Art Museum even while guests are seated at their tables. During an evening function, the museum is backlit.
The two-story ceiling and space for podium, band, and buffet tables make this an ideal space for any size function.
Capacity: 160 seated / 300 reception-style
Draper Museum Floor Map
Our Draper Natural History Museum’s stunning tiled floor depicts a map of the Greater Yellowstone region. Above, the three-story-high ceiling is beautifully illuminated to reflect the outside environment. This event space is surrounded by the natural history museum itself as it winds its way down, ending at the map. Tying in the adjoining carpeted space doubles the room size and offers a cocktail area with bar.
Capacity: 150 seated / 250 reception-style
“The reunion was a HUGE hit! We’ve recommended your facilities and event planning to several others. The food was fabulous and everyone liked the venue. You guys were amazing and we would not hesitate to have another event there.” — Organizer of Cody’s Class of 1977 Reunion
John Bunker Sands Photography Gallery
The elegant John Bunker Sands Photography Gallery is adjacent to the main entrance to the Draper Natural History Museum. The coffered ceiling lends itself to a comfortable yet classic event space. Three movable walls offer endless possibilities to suit lecture or banquet needs. They can be configured to customize your program.
A permanent bar can be easily opened or closed by sliding a pocket wall.
Capacity: 125 seated / 200 reception-style
“We planned a special Leadership Tea in the John Bunker Sands Photography Gallery of the Buffalo Bill [Center of the West], an annual event for us to honor the high school graduating girls of Park County and a special lady from our club, Park County Republican Women. This is a beautiful space… The preparation of the tables, seating, podium, lighting, sound, and the tea menu from the on-site caterer were outstanding. …The Center staff treated us all as if we were royalty… The food prepared for us was excellent. All the little desserts, little sandwiches, and sweets had the special touches a tea should have… Everyone loved it, and went back for seconds and thirds! We felt this tea was professionally done. When the tea was over and everyone still visiting and thanking all, we noticed how reluctant everyone was to leave. That’s when you know you’ve had a successful event… We loved it and look forward to this event again next year!” — Chairperson Fran Swope, Park County Republican Women
Firearms Museum Breezeway
This long gallery directs visitors into our Cody Firearms Museum. The Breezeway is an intimate event space that displays works by artist Joseph Henry Sharp, with a log cabin he once used as his Montana studio now on exhibit in the adjacent garden accessible from the gallery. This is a wonderful space for cocktail parties, where, if weather permits, guests can also stroll outside.
Capacity: 50 seated / 100 reception-style
Seasons of Life Gallery, Plains Indian Museum
For an elegant after-hours dinner, the subtle lighting and unique atmosphere of the lower level of our Plains Indian Museum is a nice choice. The Seasons of Life Gallery features one of our most impressive objects, a Northern Plains buffalo hide tipi dating to around the 1850s.
Capacity: 100 seated
Our Coe Auditorium is the perfect location for large meetings and lectures. The state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment is ideal for high-impact presentations and, most importantly, user-friendly. The ability to operate multiple devices, from projection screen to lighting, is just a touch away. Speakers are welcome to use the provided laptop—hardwired at a podium also equipped with a microphone—and simply bring in their own program on a memory stick or CD.
Along with the auditorium, we can plan your conference for easy access to other rental spaces to accommodate break-out meetings and/or training sessions.
Capacity: 160 seated
A traditional boardroom-style meeting room with a twenty-five-foot conference table, the Webster Boardroom lends itself to efficient meetings and conversations. A permanent projector, laptop, and conference telephone are at your disposal—we are here to help in setting up conference calls and/or web communications.
We also offer advance booking of the Webster Boardroom. With a Business Bison Circle membership, the boardroom fee is waived, provided you book food and beverage service for your meeting. E-mail Josie or call her at 307-578-4000 to reserve the boardroom for your standard monthly or quarterly meetings.
Capacity: 20 – 50 seated or reception-style
Our classrooms include seating and conference tables along with a projector and screen. Adjacent to the Draper Natural History Museum, the classrooms are a vital key to educational programs for guests of all ages.
Capacity: 25 seated
Cashman Greever Garden and the Braun Garden
Designed with a natural setting in mind, these two sculpture garden spaces include plants and trees found in the Rocky Mountain region. Each garden is unique—the Braun Garden has a sunken amphitheater (click here for a view).
The Cashman Greever includes the actual boyhood home of William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody, as well as a recently added western-themed playground for children. Both gardens are settings for our collection of bronze sculptures. Weather permitting, the gardens are superb areas for your event.
Capacity of each: 100 seated / 150 reception-style
Robbie Powwow Garden
This green space includes a large outdoor amphitheater, restroom facilities, and an out-building available for catering purposes. Best suited to music performances and trade show-type events, the Powwow Garden is a perfect area, weather permitting.
Capacity: 200 seated / 700 reception-style
For more information about booking an event at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West or touring any of these event spaces, e-mail Josie Hedderman or call her at 307-578-4000.