Buffalo Bill Museum Reopens in Historical Center
Visitors this season to the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming, are invited to “encounter this American icon again…for the very first time” as the Historical Center reopens its Buffalo Bill Museum focused on the Great Showman and the West he loved.
“Buffalo Bill spent a good part of his life teaching and showing the West to people around the world,” Executive Director Bruce Eldredge noted. “He took the West to them; now, with the help of the newly installed Buffalo Bill Museum, he is still doing it today.”
With the theme “Man of the West – Man of the World,” the “new” Buffalo Bill Museum shares the dual stories of William F. Cody, the man and Buffalo Bill, the entertainer. Intermingled with authentic artifacts about the life and times of Buffalo Bill are state-of-the-art exhibits, engaging interactive activities, and a compelling story about the life and legacy of this famous westerner, including how, in an age without television or motion pictures, and under the persona of “Buffalo Bill,” Cody became the world’s foremost communicator about the history, promise, and enduring spirit of the American West.
Along with the life-sized cutouts of 19th century playset pieces of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show, is an original Cheyenne-Deadwood stagecoach. Adding to the scale model of the Wild West show is authentic, albeit digitally re-mastered, film footage of the extravaganza with Buffalo Bill’s booming voice, “Permit me to introduce to you the Congress of the Rough Riders of the World.”
Using his original words, the life-sized, helio display image of William F. Cody—think hologram without the lasers—welcomes each visitor to the new space.