Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Cody

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Buffalo Bill Center of the West offers an extensive collection of artifacts and information about the nation's westward expansion. The center is located in the town named after Buffalo Bill and features five museums. Each focuses on a different aspect of the American West, including Native Americans of the Plains, the environment, and firearms. Other exhibits and annexes cover regional artwork and Buffalo Bill himself, plus a research library contains more than 30,000 books. Consider taking advantage of special lectures, demonstrations of western traditions, or guided tours. Before you head to Cody, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Cody trip planner , to make sure you see all that Cody has to offer, including Buffalo Bill Center of the West.
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  • My fiance and I had traveled back from Yellowstone and were staying in Cody for a night. We had passed this museum on our way to Yellowstone and said if we had time to go in we definitely would. I thi...  more »
  • If you love history of the old west, go to this one, then go to the gun museum next door and the Indian one too  more »
  • We stayed and Cody overnight heading back to Denver from our trip to Tetons and Yellowstone. While we were VERY disappointed with our hotel choices and Cody, this "museum" is worth the time. You could...  more »
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  • A wonderful Museum, take your time, because it is large and well worth the visit. Many different exhibits about the history of Buffalo Bill and his life story. There are Native American items on display and also the exhibitions of the evolution of the Wild Wild West of which Buffalo Bill was an important contributor. A truly amazing experience.
  • If you love history especially Western history, this is a very good place to go. Five museums in one place. Spent 2 whole days here and could have spent more time. One of the finest firearms and plains Indians museums anywhere. Beautiful displays. I will definitely return for another visit.
  • An amazing must see place if you are in the area or even if you aren't! From the firearm museum to the art museum and everything in-between, it is one of the nicest museums I have been to. Make sure to give yourself two days to see the whole thing. You could probably do it in one but you would be rushing.
  • This place is amazing! The museum is split into 5 parts. The natural history section was our favorite but only barely. The section on Cody is really interesting and informative. Be prepared to spend at least three to four hours here if not more.
  • I really liked a lot of the Native American articles from the 19th century, usually don't get to see them that much. Really indicate the level of skill these people had in so many ways. AND...FIREARMS !!! I felt a bit dizzy I was so excited with the thousands of items. And not just Western - military, hunting, just an incredibly impressive collection. And you can go down in the lower level and there are steel drawers and vertical cabinets that you can open, pull out and sift through. The only other place I've ever been this impressed with was the Springfield Armory in Mass. This collection is absolutely world class. There's absolutely no way you've seen everything that this place offers, I don't care what kind of firearms expert you are.

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Where to stay in Cody

Cody may be a cowboy town, but its accommodations include everything from plush hotels to modern bed and breakfasts. For an ultimate "Wild West" experience, try to arrange a stay at a rustic mountain cabin or a working ranch just outside the city. If you wish to avoid the crowds or simply need more of your own space, reserve one of the city's Victorian rental homes. Cody's value motels allow you to stay more economically; they make up in mountain views what they lack in amenities.
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