720 Sheridan Ave., Cody, Wyoming
Dubbed “the Smithsonian of the West” by author James Michener, this place is famous for celebrating America’s frontier heritage. Inspired by its flagship Buffalo Bill Museum, established in 1927, the 237,000-square-foot complex has expanded its focus through the decades to house the Whitney Gallery of Western Art, the Plains Indian Museum, and the Cody Firearms Museum.
The latest addition is the state-of-the-art Draper Museum, showcasing the biological and geological wonders of the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem. Using cutting-edge technology, this museum leads visitors down an interactive trail through the sights, sounds, and sensations of the West’s natural world. Visitors get to delve into exhibits such as ranching, logging, and oil development.
Open daily Apr.–Oct.; Tues.–Sun. Nov.–Mar. Admission charged.