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Home Places to Visit Museums Renovated Buffalo Bill Museum in Cody Reopens June 15

Renovated Buffalo Bill Museum in Cody Reopens June 15

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Following a complete renovation that started in October 2011, the Buffalo Bill Museum in Cody, Wyoming will officially re-open June 15, 2012 with a ribbon cutting ceremony and celebration.

Part of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center's five museums, the Buffalo Bill Museum had a soft opening on May 19 to give the public a sneak peak at the new features.

bbhc_posterThe redesigned museum delivers a comprehensive view of the life and times of William F. Cody as well as the Buffalo Bill character that helped make him the most popular celebrity of his time.

New features include a greeting from a life-size heliodisplay of Buffalo Bill himself.

The museum storyline, titled "Man of the West, Man of the World," takes visitors on an interactive journey that not only showcases the success and fame Cody attained through Buffalo Bill's Wild West, but also the important impact he made, and continues to make, on the economic, civic, and cultural development of the American West.

The museum also reveals the personal struggles that he faced, including a failed marriage and financial troubles that ultimately left him nearly penniless.

Some of the key items on display at the new 15,000-square-foot museum include:

  • Costumes, saddles, and guns used by Buffalo Bill and Annie Oakley in Buffalo Bill's Wild West
  • Cody's Medal of Honor;
  • A stagecoach from the period
  • A scale model layout of Buffalo Bill's Wild West (which, at its zenith, covered 20 acres)
  • Unique personal belongings that shed light on the man behind the Buffalo Bill character
One of the centerpieces of the refurbished museum is the largest known surviving Buffalo Bill Wild West poster, nearly 28 feet long by 13 feet high, printed in 1888 to commemorate the command performance that Cody and other cast members gave for Queen Victoria and the Royal Family in May 1887.

The new museum also features several state-of-the-art multimedia presentations, including "Buffalo Bill on Stage," a four-minute animation, adapted from Cody's own self-deprecating account in his 1879 autobiography, which recounts his improbable rise to stardom.

In addition to its physical exhibits and displays, the new museum also offers a Web app through which visitors with Smart Phones can access additional information and stories by scanning QR codes.

"In his own time, William F. Cody used every communication medium available to him to present the American West to the world," said Dr. John C. Rumm, the BBHC's curator of Western American History, who oversaw development of the new museum. "We have continued that legacy by creating a museum for the 21st century, using every communication tool at our disposal to enhance the experiences our visitors receive."

The Buffalo Bill Museum is one of five world-class museums within the Buffalo Bill Historical Center. Other museums located at the Center include the Draper Museum of Natural History, the Plains Indian Museum, the Whitney Gallery of Western Art, and the Cody Firearms Museum. The Center is also home to the McCracken Research Library, one of the most complete collections of primary materials that chronicle the history of the American West.

Less than a one-hour drive from Yellowstone National Park, the Center celebrates the Spirit of the American West and was recently named as one of the "favorite museums for group travelers" by the National Tour Association.

During the summer months, the Center is open daily 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Ticket prices that provide admission for two consecutive days are: $18 for adults, $16 for seniors, $14 for students with valid school ID, $10 for youth ages 6 - 17, and kids five and under are admitted free.

More information on the Center can be viewed online at
www.BBHC.org

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