Cody is home to one of the country’s supreme cultural attractions—the five museum complex of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. Its third of a million square feet of exhibition space certainly makes it one of America’s largest museum complexes. The Whitney Gallery of Western Art presents an outstanding collection of masterworks of the American West, including original paintings, sculptures and prints from the early 19th century to the present. The Cody Firearms Museum houses the world’s largest and most important assemblage of American arms, as well as European arms dating to the 16th century. The Plains Indian Museum ranks as one of the nation’s finest Native American collections. The museum presents a varied tapestry of Plains Indian art and artifacts displayed in realistic settings. The Buffalo Bill Museum contains a wealth of material related to the life of Buffalo Bill Cody. The newest member of the museum group, The Draper Museum of Natural History, is a state of the art natural history museum that explores human interaction with the natural world associated with the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem. Highly interactive, it’s a hit with youth and adults alike.
The Buffalo Bill Dam Visitor Center (BBDVC) is located 6 miles west of Cody on the way to Yellowstone National Park, at the Buffalo Bill Dam (just through the tunnels).
Open annually approximately May 1 through September, the Visitor Center is operated by the BBDVC Board of Directors, a manager and assistant manager, and volunteers. The hours are 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily and admission is free.
Buffalo Jump Wines offers daily tastings of their wines, tours of the winery as well as demonstrations of their bottling process. While they do offer wine sales as well, their main goal is to share with locals and visitors their methods of vinting wine here in the Rockies. Now featuring “Paint & Sip” classes!
Call 307-250-7653 or visit www.buffalojumpwines.com for more information.
Cassie’s Supper Club is one of the oldest most established clubs in the state of Wyoming. Originally opened in the 1920’s, Cassie’s was operated as a “house of ill fame” by its founder Cassie Waters. During the prohibition era Cassie served bootleg whiskey that was brewed and bottled in a cellar under the dance floor. The club is furnished with antiques from around the Cody Country, including a buggy lap robe and other items that belonged to Cassie.
Today Cassie’s Supper Club is famous for its fine dining and great western atmosphere.
Located at: 214 Yellowstone Avenue, Cody, WY – Map It
The magnificent Cody Mural covers a domed ceiling 36 feet in diameter and 18 feet to the top of the dome. Perfectly blended into the mural are selected historical scenes from the first seventy years of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Edward T. Grigware, the artist, termed the mural his “masterpiece”.
In an adjoining part of the building are displays and art telling the story of the colonization of the Big Horn Basin in Wyoming. Families are welcome and free guided tours are provided daily.
Cody Trolley Tours utilizes two live narrators, poster-sized historical photos, pass-around relics and entertaining audio clips to share the story of world-famous William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody while we spotlight historical sites, scenic vistas, geology, wildlife and old and new west attractions. Our 60-minute, 22-mile tour is performed while you ride in the cozy oak interior of our festive red & green trolley. A Cody Trolley tour is the best and fastest way to gain an overview of all that Cody, Wyoming has to offer.
In 1996 a Centennial year, the committee of the annual Buffalo Bill Ball asked Jay Thorington to create a skit as entertainment for the guests attending the ball. Later the group that performed this skit realized that this was a great idea to perform on the streets of Cody, Wyoming next to the famous Irma Hotel. Subsequently the Gunfighters, a non-profit organization was born. These enthusiasts created such characters as Buffalo Bill, Wild Bill Hickok, Ike Clanton, Mad Dog Harry Tracy, Emmett Dalton, Lucky Bill, Doc Payne, Laddy Da, Crazy Cora, Miss Cassie, Fred White and Teton Jackson. These characters represented the Wild West. The players are primarily volunteers and create their own authentic costumes and dedicate many hours in preparation for the season.
Catch a performance June through September, Monday through Saturday
Cody 4th of July Stampede Rodeo – July 1, 2, & 3 – performances at 8:00 pm,
Located on the street in front of the Irma Hotel porch.
Admission is free!
And Cody is rodeo! Billing itself as “Rodeo Capital of the World,” Cody provides a unique opportunity to capture the excitement of a real rodeo in a dramatic western setting. The Cody Nite Rodeo is the only seven-night-a-week rodeo in the country. From June through August, the Nite Rodeo features professional and on-their-way-up cowboys and cowgirls competing under the lights against a picturesque backdrop of the Shoshone Canyon and Heart Mountain. The Cody Stampede is one of the country’s premiere Fourth of July rodeo celebrations and has been playing host to the top cowboys and cowgirls for more than 80 years!
Cody Nite Rodeo – Nightly June 1 through August 31
Nightly performance at 8:00 pm
Cody 4th of July Stampede Rodeo – July 1, 2, & 3 – performances at 8:00 pm,
July 4th performance at 5:00 pm
Dude Ranchers’ Association was formed in 1926 to preserve and to protect this special way of life and the wonderful environment in which dude ranching takes place. We represent over 100 ranches in 12 different states and two Canadian Provinces. Visit our FREE Western Museum across from the Irma Hotel porch to find out more. We are looking forward to seeing you!!
Located at: 1122 12th Street, Cody WY – Map It
307-587-2339 / Visit website: www.duderanch.org
The International Headquarters and Visitors Center is located in Cody, Wyoming. The Wild Sheep Foundation (formerly the Foundation for North American Wild Sheep), for more than 30 years has been the leading voice for wild sheep conservation throughout the world. Visit the Wild Sheep Foundation’s educational exhibit – Admission is free!
Located at: 720 Allen Ave., Cody WY – Map It
Another authentic Cody landmark, smack dab in the middle of town, is the Irma Hotel. Built by buffalo Bill as a luxury hotel epitomizing the essence of western hospitality, he named it for his youngest daughter and opened it with suitable fanfare in 1902. Highlighting the Irma’s dining rooms is the huge carved French-made Victorian cherrywood backbar presented to Buffalo Bill by Queen Victoria in 1900 in appreciation for his command Wild West Show performance.
Located at: 1192 Sheridan Avenue, Cody, WY – Map It
Old Trail Town is an eclectic collection of historic buildings representing and old Wyoming town created with frontier structures dating from 1879 to 1900. Included in the collection are the Hole in the Wall Cabin used by Butch Cassidy, the Sundance Kid and the Hole-in-the-Wall Gang; Curley’s Cabin, the Crown Indian scout to General Custer in the Battle of the Little Big Horn; and the River Saloon which was frequented by cowboys, outlaws and gold miners. Bullet holes can still be seen in the door. Old Trail Town is located where Buffalo Bill and his associates surveyed the town site for Cody in 1895. The Trail Town Cemetery is the final resting place of Jeremiah “Liver Eat’n Johnson and other colorful hard-living characters of the Old West.
Open daily, 8 am – 7 pm, May through September.
Located at: 1831 Demaris Drive, Cody WY – Map It
The Old West lives on at the Tecumseh’s Old West Miniature Village and Museum located with Tecumseh’s Trading Post. Thousands of miniature figures trace the history of Wyoming and Montana from the 1600s to the late 1890s at the indoor village located near the Cody Rodeo Grounds and Old Trail Town. The museum section of the complex includes thousands of Western and Indian artifacts. Including full size wildlife mounts, guns of the Frontier and fur trade artifacts.
Free admission! Open daily 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. mid-May through mid-September. During the winter season, hours vary.
Located at: 140 W Yellowstone Ave., Cody, WY – Map It
Join Dan and his “Empty Saddles Band” at the historic Cody Theater across from the Irma Hotel for an evening of music, comedy and poetry featuring Wendy Corr, Ed Cook and Hannah Miller. Now in their 10th season, Dan’s Cowboy Music Revue has entertained thousands of people from all over the world and is a regular stop for many of the tour groups that vacation in Cody.
Dan is the award winning television host of “Xtreme Bulls” on ESPN. Dan produced the “Cody Wild West Show,” a concert series that featured entertainers such as Lacy J. Dalton, T.G. Sheppard and Mel Tillis. His extraordinary “Cowboy Music Revue” has been featured in “USA Today,” filmed for ESPN and the Travel Channel, and is currently featured in “Cowboys & Indians.”
The Cowboy Music Revue performs May through September, Monday through Saturday, at the Cody Theater at 1171 Sheridan Avenue – Map It. The cost is $15.00 per person. The box office opens at 7:30 p.m. For tickets and information call 307-272-7855.
Don’t miss your opportunity to enjoy a truly world-class live theatre experience in Cody, Wyoming!