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Originally published in Points West in Fall 1994 Sarah Laughlin Former Curatorial Assistant, Whitney Western Art and Plains Indian museums The “cowboy artist,” as Charles Marion Russell was known, frequently painted the horse culture of the West.…
"Dangerous Ground" by Charles Marion Russell Re-discovered. Originally published in Fall 1994 in Points West, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West's magazine
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On the front end of a national book tour for the latest novel in his critically-acclaimed Longmire Mystery series, author Craig Johnson returns to the Buffalo Bill Center of the West May 9 for a talk and book signing launching Dry Bones, the thirteenth…
Award-winning author Craig Johnson returns to Center of the West May 9 for a talk and book signing launching his latest "Longmire Mystery" novel, Dry Bones.
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Reviving the work of John Mix Stanley as a leading American artist, the special exhibition Painted Journeys: The Art of John Mix Stanley brings together, for the first time, works representing every aspect of his remarkable artistic career. A remarkable traveler and adventurer, Stanley helped shape our national identity and western legacy. Little-known today despite being one of the most important painters of American Indians in his day, Stanley was also an excellent portraitist. This exhibition draws from the Center's own collection as well as those of other cultural institutions and private collectors.

Painted Journeys is supported in part by a grant from the Wyoming Arts Council, through funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Wyoming State Legislature, and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
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Charles Belden photograph of a girl with a lamb On the back of this photograph, Charles Belden wrote, “This little orphan seems to have found a pretty good substitute for its wooly mother.” Belden, who lived and worked at the Pitchfork Ranch (1914 –1940)…
Photograph, girl with lamb. A Treasure from Our West from the McCracken Research Library at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming.
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Originally published in Points West in Spring 1995 By Howard Michael Madaus Former Curator of the Cody Firearms Museum, Robert W. Woodruff Firearms Chair The answer to that question is both simple and complex. Simply put, a “buffalo gun” is a firearm used…
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As a young man, Maynard Dixon admired the vivid illustrations of well-known artist Frederic Remington. Dixon became an illustrator himself in the 1890s, depicting traditional western subjects—cowboys, Indians, and landscapes. By 1912, Dixon turned his…
Medicine Robe by Maynard Dixon. A Treasure from Our West from the Whitney Western Art Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming.
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In the late nineteenth century, America experienced an economic crisis not unlike today’s financial woes. After the Panic of 1893 and the Panic of 1896—the height of a series of financial recessions and bank failures in the 1890s—widespread unemployment…
Gold nuggets and dust, a Treasure from Our West from the Draper Natural History Museum of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming.
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The major touring exhibition Wyoming Grasslands features the black and white images of Michael Berman and the color images of William Sutton. A partnership between the Wyoming Chapter of the Nature Conservancy and the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, the exhibition had its beginnings in a 2012 initiative to photograph Wyoming’s grasslands. The resulting diverse images cover everything from prairie grasslands and meadows to sagebrush-steppe and foothill grasslands. They depict dramatic skies, cows on range land, derelict structures, river valleys, fence lines, hayfields, and more.

On view in the Center’s John Bunker Sands Photography Gallery, June 5 – August 15, 2015. An accompanying book of essays and photographs will be available for purchase from our Museum Store.
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What happens Friday in our area? http://ow.ly/Mi14y
With the East Gate to Yellowstone National Park scheduled to open Friday, tourism industry insiders are reporting strong advance bookings in anticipation of a solid summer travel season. Positive economic indicators like fall unemployment rates and the potential for low- and middle-income wage growth may be contributing to the optimistic travel outlook, along with gasoline prices that remain well below where they have typically been in recent ...
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Living in wilderness among large predators and prey—grizzly bears, pumas, wolves, and elk—can give rise to some interesting stories. At a free talk May 7 at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, author Leslie Patten shares her own wilderness experiences in…
At a free talk May 7 at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, author Leslie Patten shares her wilderness experiences in "The Wild Excellence" t 12:15 p.m.
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This saddle was made for William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody about 1893 by Collins and Morrison of Omaha, Nebraska. There are at least four variations of this saddle in existence. This particular saddle appears in the last photograph of Buffalo Bill taken at…
Saddle. A Treasure from Our West from the Buffalo Bill Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming.
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Hello Virtual Visitor, It’s my privilege to announce the release of our new web application iScout. The purpose of iScout is to expose additional layers of information throughout the exhibits here at the Center. For those who cannot visit in person,…
The iScout web application allows physical and virtual visitors to explore interesting media and information about exhibits at the Center of the West.
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720 Sheridan Ave Cody, WY 82414
720 Sheridan AvenueUSWyomingCody82414
(307) 587-4771centerofthewest.org
Arts Organization, MuseumToday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am – 5:00 pmTuesday 10:00 am – 5:00 pmWednesday 10:00 am – 5:00 pmThursday 10:00 am – 5:00 pmFriday 10:00 am – 5:00 pmSaturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pmSunday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Since 1927, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West has been committed to the greatness and growth of the American West, keeping western experiences alive. The Center of the West, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, weaves the varied threads of the western experience—history and myth, art and Native culture, firearms, and the nature and science of Yellowstone—into the rich panorama that is the American West.
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Interactive Western museum with exhibitions dedicated to Buffalo Bill, firearms & natural history.- Google
"Grandma liked the Plains Indian Museum."
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"Buffalo Bill Cody sure was one of the greatest showmen of his time."
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Lee Man
3 months ago
outstanding place to visit The whole town is great .The roads around Cody are just amazing to see Hope to revisit soon on the way to Yellowstone.
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Joe Defur
9 months ago
I was going to spend a couple of hours in here found out that wasn't near the time someone could stay in here. lots of info. wish I had more time to enjoy.
Mary Grube
3 months ago
Was a wonderful time
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J. Kinkade
2 years ago
Having grown up in Cody, I have visited the museum numerous times and have seen first hand some of its evolution. Every year, a field trip to the museum was mandatory. There are basically five museums under one roof. I don't remember all of their names, but there is an art gallery, western history museum, an incredible firearms museum, the Plains Indian museum, and the Draper museum of natural history. Growing up, the Plains Indian museum was always my favorite, but the new Draper museum has supplanted it. The Draper is the best natural history museum I know of. The layout is brilliant and the interactive displays give you an excellent lesson on the greater Yellowstone ecosystem, of which Cody is one part. If you are in Cody, you should plan on a day to spend at this first rate facility.
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Jim Kallinen
10 months ago
This Museum is the most incredible place to visit. We spent an entire day exploring it and barely scratched the surface seeing it. My son and myself really enjoyed the Gun Museum. Could spend days down there looking at them all. Buffalo Bill Cody sure was one of the greatest showmen of his time. Amazing tribute to his life. We plan to visit it again next time we are in Cody.
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Jose Luis Darquea Darquea
5 months ago
Cool museum with a lot of history
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jody eastman
3 years ago
This museum is first rate and well worth the time spent. We returned the following morning to continue fresh as there is so much to see. The Whitney Gallery of art is one of the best (If not THE best) collections of western art anywhere. The other museums are also amazing in information and design. The exhibits are displayed very well and there are plenty of interactive exhibits...many of them are walk throughs. There are activity centers for children. My latest visit was the third of my lifetime and I am more impressed now than before.....A very worthwhile place.
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whoisanthony
10 months ago
Plan for a two day visit! This was a truly fantastic museum experience.