- Hours: Open seven days a week in summer. Closed Mondays November 1 - April 30, and closed December 25.
- Reservations: Not required
- Cost: Small admission charge
- Location: In Golden, about 30 minutes from downtown Denver. Driving directions below.
- How Long: Allow an hour or two, depending on your level of interest.
- Best Time to Visit: Any time.
Buffalo Bill MuseumWilliam F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody, founder of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Shows, loved the view from Colorado's Lookout Mountain so much that he asked to be buried there, with a view of the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains.
During his lifetime, Cody worked as a cowboy and on a wagon train. He was a gold miner, Pony Express rider, Army scout and buffalo hunter. His Wild West Show defined the Old West for much of the world.
Buffalo Bill was buried on Lookout Mountain in 1917, and in 1921, his foster son Johnny Baker began displaying Buffalo Bill memorabilia here. His collection forms the core of the museum's holdings, which include Sitting Bull's bow and arrows, Indian artifacts, western art, Buffalo Bill's show outfits and posters.
Getting to the Buffalo Bill MuseumBuffalo Bill Grave and Museum
987-1/2 Lookout Mountain Road
Golden, CO 80401
From Denver (about 30 minutes' drive away):
- Take I-70 west
- Notice the buffalo herd near Exit 250.
- Take exit 256 (marked Buffalo Bill Grave)
- Follow the signs to the Buffalo Bill Museum.