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Museum of the Plains Indian

Cody, WY
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Ranked #4 of 19 Attractions in Cody
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, History Museums
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Idaho Falls, Idaho
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

We saw the Plains museum toward the end of our Buffalo Bill Center visit and were reaching that stage of exhaustion and information overload. We did not see the entire museum, however, the exhibits we saw were incredible. Archaelogical findings were presented as though you were on site, historical representation of driving buffalo over cliffs ... things I've read about... More

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Lawrenceville, Georgia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Sorry to bust anyone's bubble but this museum is just highly overrated. Yes it does have a Ruger & Winchester collections - but if you are not into firearms there's only the artworks left to see. A better plains indian museum is in Browning MT or surpringly Indianapolis IN. And the Charlie Russell museum in Great Falls MT This museum... More

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Belgrade, Montana
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269 reviews 269 reviews
69 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

This was such great exhibit, for many reasons. Not only did it show in detail the Indian people relationship with the Buffalo, it showed the progression of their transition into the White mans world. Including being forced into houses instead of Tipi's. The artistry of the woman is phenomenal, the bead work and ceremonial head dresses for the men and... More

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Great Missenden, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

This is a real educational experience, not to be missed by anyone visiting the museum or Cody. This is a real part of American history and should be recognized by those interested in the development of the USA

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA
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61 reviews 61 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Buffalo Bill Museum is great. What a surprise to find world class art, natural history and the Plains Indian museum all in one place. The Native American items and displays were very well done and informative. Lighting and good flow made the museum easy to navigate.

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Castle Rock, Colorado
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

First of all, I was confused upon arrival, since this is actually inside the Buffalo Bill historical museum complex, which houses four different museums. I have zero interest in Bill. This is the one I came to see. To get to this one, you walk in and go straight towards the back, through the glassed in hallway, flanked by beautiful... More

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Northbridge, Massachusetts
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57 reviews 57 reviews
14 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

One of the most thorough portrayals of Native life available. Very well done, really helps give a sense of what life was like before the white man moved west, and how things changed with that immigration.

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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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103 reviews 103 reviews
16 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

There are a lot of artifacts, but you should spend your time reading the descriptions of some of the atrocities performed by the white settlers from Europe, you know, us. The stories of the Sand Creek and Wounded Knee massacres are horrific.

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Gatesville, TX
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266 reviews 266 reviews
134 attraction reviews
262 helpful votes 262 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

I enjoyed the Plains Indian Museum more than the Buffalo Bill Museum because it was grander in scale, offered excellent visually stunning exhibits, and I heard and read touching stories about their lives. Loved the headdresses with interpretations plus all the sound effects heard throughout the museum. Felt the pride, heartache, toughness, and hard life through the telling of the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 via mobile

This museum is wonderful but would be much more effective and interesting if it did not focus almost exclusively on the last 150 years or so of the history of the plains Indians at the expense of illustrating their history over a much longer time.

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