After a complete overhaul, the Cody Firearms Museum is once again open at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Wyoming.
Texas painter Kyle Polzin once said that he strives for authenticity in his Western still lifes because it makes the pictures better, but also because eagle-eyed viewers will call him out if anything is out of place.
For instance, if a Winchester Model 1886 lever-action rifle isn’t shown with the correct cartridges, gun aficionados will spot it in an instant. “They know right away if the gun is chambered for the rounds that are shown
in the picture,” Polzin said prior to a previous show, one which featured a Western rifle. “They keep you honest and accurate, that’s for sure.”
Artists, as well as museum visitors, will once again be able to learn about the history of guns in the West at the renovated Cody Firearms Museum at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming. The museum houses the most comprehensive collection of American firearms in the world. In 1975, the Winchester Arms Collection was loaned to the museum from the Olin Corporation and later, in 1988, was given as a gift for future generations to view. The $12-million renovation will house more than 10,000 artifacts.
The new museum space will allow visitors to explore the evolution of modern arms technology from its earliest days through today’s variations. From sporting, military, embellished or even Hollywood guns, the museum has a full collection of firearms for museum visitors.
The Cody Firearms Museum will have a soft opening in early June, and then feature a grand opening on July 6. Veteran or active military visitors are encouraged to participate in a special VIP experience on July 5. For more information visit the museum’s website at www.centerofthewest.org.
Flintlock rifle made by Macon Georgia School, American, 1825-1835. Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Cody, Wyoming, USA. Gift of Olin Corporation, Winchester Arms Collection, 1988.8.1586.
Breech-loading percussion rifle with Lincoln head hammer (in detail) designed by Hiram Berdan, ca. 1863. Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Cody, Wyoming, USA. Gift of Olin Corporation, Winchester Arms Collection, 1988.8.1241.
Breech-loading percussion rifle with Lincoln head hammer designed by Hiram Berdan, ca. 1863. Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Cody, Wyoming, USA. Gift of Olin Corporation, Winchester Arms Collection, 1988.8.1241.