Posted: Jul 31, 2013 9:50 PM by Kyle Benton - MTN News
CODY, WY - Not only has the famous Buffalo Bill Historical Center acquired a new name, but now a also priceless collection.
Now named the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, the Cody museum has grabbed a collection on loan from the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. displaying history and ingenuity with pieces which are truly, one of a kind.
"This is one of the largest loan collections of firearms that has come out of the Smithsonian," says Ashley Lynn Hlebinsky, the museums firearms curatorial resident.
After an extensive four year process, the Buffalo Bill Center of the West finally received 64 firearms on a 3 year loan from the Smithsonian Institution.
"The Cody firearms museum is known for it's extensive firearms collection and this is kind of just adding some different types of feel," Hlebinsky says.
A feel bringing an array of firearms bathed in history and each having a story to tell.
International antiques also make up part of this collection of world history including an 8ft. long, 1789 Miquelet Musket. "This was given to President Thomas Jefferson in 1805 by the ambassador to the Bay of Tanisha after the Tripolitan Wars," says Hlebinsky " This firearm is inlaid with gold. It's incredibly gorgeous," she adds.
Whether you're a gun enthusiast or just a lover of world history, the new Smithsonian collection offers a rich learning experience for everyone.