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Home Places to Visit Museums Redesigned Buffalo Bill Gallery to Help Visitors ‘Know the Man’

Redesigned Buffalo Bill Gallery to Help Visitors ‘Know the Man’

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A new, state-of-the-art and interactive Buffalo Bill gallery at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyo. will open May 2012, and museum officials started the journey by packing up more than 3,700 objects from the old gallery for storage.

The theme of the redesigned Buffalo Bill gallery will be "William F. ‘Buffalo Bill' Cody: Man of the West; Man of the World," and visitors will be invited to "Encounter a great American icon again...for the very first time."

bbhc_galleryThe goal is to show more of the man as well as the legend.

"When visitors walk in the front door of the Historical Center, they typically know something about Buffalo Bill - especially since they walk right by his likeness in bronze at the entrance," said John Rumm, the Center's Ernest J. Goppert Curator of Western American History.

"But, when they leave the new Buffalo Bill gallery," he added, "they'll know William F. Cody, the man."

The current gallery was closed to the public Oct. 3, 2011, and the BBHC's Museum Services Department began removing the historical objects, ranging from Buffalo Bill's Carriage to paintings and firearms.

Some objects will be included as part of an exhibition at the Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art in Nashville, Tenn.

One hundred years after Buffalo Bill's Wild West thrilled audiences in Nashville, his show makes an encore appearance of sorts  in an exhibition entitled, "Visions of the American West: Masterworks from the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. The exhibition at Nashville will be on display Oct. 22, 2011 through March 4, 2012.

At the Buffalo Bill gallery, once all objects have been safely stored, a spokesperson said, demolition will begin, including the removal of asbestos.

Through authentic artifacts, state-of-the-art exhibits, engaging inter-actives, and a compelling story about the life and legacy of William F. Cody, the "new" Buffalo Bill gallery promises to be truly a museum of the twenty-first century.

All other galleries at the center remain open as usual, and an exhibit of some of the most popular items from the Buffalo Bill collections will be on display elsewhere in the Historical Center.

The BBHC, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, currently now open daily, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., but will change to its fall schedule (10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily) on Nov. 1, 2011. For general information, visit
www.bbhc.org or call (307) 587.4771.

 
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