Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, WY. For anyone who has ever been to this "museum complex" you'd understand why it took two days to see. The Center contains all things western and is beautifully designed. It is comprised of 5 different areas of interest to include: Cody Firearms Museum, Draper Natural History Museum, Buffalo Bill Museum, Plains Indian Museum, and the Whitney Western Art Museum.
I would certainly not disagree. I will say upfront that I am not a "gun nut" and and not that well versed in the history of firearms in this country, but all I can say is "WOW"! This place holds the entire Winchester collection of firearms which was moved from New Haven, CT back in 1975 and has now become a permanent home for this collection.
The firearms are displayed in cases depicting the growth of the United States from the Colonial times up through present day. Special displays depicting weaponry used in different war times were very well done. This collection is very impressive, even for those who are not well versed in the history and evolution of firearms.
The latter part of our first day was spent in the Draper Natural History Museum. This section deals with much of the wildlife found in this portion of the country, and within Yellowstone National Park in particular. If you haven't gotten a chance yet to view the animals in the wild, then you can certainly find them somewhere in this gallery (even if they are stuffed and not too mobile anymore).
|Top (L): Grizzly Bear and Wolverine Top (R): Marmot|
Bottom (L): Elk Bottom (R): Pronghorn Antelope
The center is designed to be educational in ways other than just static displays. Tours and special interest discussions are given throughout the day. Just select one you're interested in and show up at the appropriate time and location. We attended a very informative talk given by a member of the US Forest Service on "Hiking in Bear Country". Because we were "easterners" for many, many years we never encountered bears as you might in this part of the country. Be learned two essential things when hiking where one might encounter a bear. Number 1: Make lots of noise. This will greatly lessen the chance that you will have an encounter with a bear to begin with and Number 2: Carry bear spray with you and make sure it's accessible for quick deployment.
That's it for the first day of our visit to the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. I would advise anyone who comes to Cody to try and make time (preferably 2 days at least) to see this wonderful display. Tomorrow, day 2 at the center.
Thanks for stopping by to take a look!