Famous statue of Buffalo Bill at the Historical Center in Cody, WY
There are 5 museums in 1:
Firearms Museum - the largest assemblage in the world
Plains Indian Museum - with a fair perspective
Buffalo Bill Cody Museum
In 1963 Dr. Harold McCracken, the noted historian and Western art authority, deemed Paxson's painting "the best pictoral representation of the battle" and "from a purely artistic standpoint...one of the best if not the finest pictures which have been created to immortalize that dramatic event."
Complex art is expanded by using interactive, touch screen displays.
PLAINS INDIAN MUSEUM:
I have a great appreciation of the life of a Plains Indian after spending time in the very large section devoted to their lives.
Displays are accompanied by push-button stands which have audio along with the text which appears on the green screen you see. The lights for each area increase and decrease depending on whether the sensor registers that someone is at the display.
I was so absorbed in the Natural History museum, I almost forgot to take pictures, so I don't have a "representative" photo. There were interactive nooks where video is available of an animal along with pertinent facts. Parts of flooring had been removed to insert burrowing animals, like Prairie Dogs in their burrows, and cover the scene with walk-on glass.
BUFFALO BILL CODY MUSEUM:
Full-sized restorations of such things as this Pony Express US Mail wagon.
Buffalo Bill Cody
Well-respected by Indians
Indians were integral to his shows.
My dad would have loved this museum - he was an avid historian who took special interest in the settling of the West.
Time to wrap up a great day with some grub!
L to R is Murray, Helen, Oli and Richard
If you're in Cody - eat here!