You could easily spend an entire day at The Buffalo Bill Center of the West and still have plenty to do. At this fascinating historical center, you will find everything from museums to art galleries, gardens, and more. Read on to discover 10 reasons why you need to add this historical center to your Cody, WY, bucket list.
The Buffalo Bill Center of the West is just one great way to delve into the history of the Wild West. If you are looking for more museums and galleries, download our free Cody, WY, Vacation Guide. Our guide is full of recommendations on the area’s top historic sites, attractions, outdoor recreation, things to do!
10 Reasons To Make a Trip to The Buffalo Bill Center of the West
1. The Plains Indian Museum
The indigenous people of the Great Plains played a huge role in shaping the American West. At the Plains Indian Museum, visitors may explore the heritage, culture, traditions, and ways of life of the Plains Indians. This museum at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West houses a significant collection of art, pottery, and beautiful objects made by the Plains Indian people. No matter what your age, this one-of-a-kind museum has something for everyone.
2. The Whitney Western Art Museum
Artists, art lovers, and collectors will love the Whitney Western Art Museum. The extraordinary collection of paintings, sculptures, and jewelry will inspire you. There isn’t a more unique and contemplative way to learn about history than from the perspective of an artist. Here, visitors may explore the modern views of the land, people, and wildlife of the West.
3. Dan Miller’s Cowboy Music Revue
After a day of exploring the museums of the Buffalo Bill Center, end the evening with some good ol’ fashioned cowboy, bluegrass, and country music at Dan Miller’s Cowboy Music Revue. In addition to family-fun entertainment and beautiful music, visitors may also enjoy a buffet dinner full of classic American eats, like organic barbecue chicken, fresh seasonal vegetables, artisan rolls, grilled prime tenderloin, and more.
More Great Things to Do at The Buffalo Bill Center of the West
- Delve into the life and times of the American icon, William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody, at the Buffalo Bill Museum.
- Explore the center’s gardens, sculptures, and park.
- View archives of rare books, historic photographs, and original manuscripts at the McCracken Research Library.
- Learn about Yellowstone’s fascinating ecosystem at Draper Natural History Museum.
- Attend the annual car raffle in September! Each year, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West features a popular and sought-after automobile.
- Explore the fascinating gun collection of vintage and historical firearms at the Cody Firearms Museum.
- Shop for fine art, pottery, Navajo rugs, and more at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West gift shop!
Tips for Your Trip
- The Buffalo Bill Center of the West is expansive. Download a map of the center to help you navigate your way.
- For discounts on tickets, buy yours in advance on The Buffalo Bill Center of the West website. Children under five are always free!
- While you are visiting, take your time to explore the town! We recommend a trip to the Cody Nite Rodeo and a day trip to Yellowstone. Save money on tickets and lodging at all three of these great destinations with our Spirit of the West Package at Monster Lake Ranch!
Where to Stay
Monster Lake Ranch is only 20 minutes away from the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. The comfort and convenience of our inn will make your vacation as easy and stress-free as possible. Located in the heart of Cody, WY, we are the perfect home base for exploring all of the best things to do and see in the area!
When you stay in one of our lakefront cabins, you can expect the best amenities, luxurious packages, and top-notch service. Enjoy daily cowboy breakfast at Cutthroat Saloon, our onsite restaurant, Restaurant Bliss, and easy access to the ranch’s greatest outdoor activities. If you are ready to plan your next Wild West vacation, check our availability and book your stay today!
If you are looking for more unique history like what you’ll find at The Buffalo Bill Center of the West, read our blog on the Cody Dug Up Gun Museum!