The Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave
True West Magazine’s Museum of the Year – 2010

Family and Children

Schools and Teachers


American Indian Hands-on Activity

Learn and Play

Family and Children
The Buffalo Bill Museum offers several hands-on activities and interactive play areas where kids of all ages can explore Cowboy and Indian materials. Photo opportunities abound and visitors are encouraged to bring their cameras!

Visitors join Buffalo Bill in the Kid’s Cowboy Corral.

Gallery Guides, Worksheets and Games
Make your visits more entertaining by downloading some of our family-friendly guides and games.

Game sheets:

Hey Parents! Do you want to make this trip more interesting for your kids? Follow these easy tips:

  • Bring a Camera. There are plenty of family memories waiting to be documented at the Museum. If they are old enough, give the kids a camera (disposables are available in the gift shop) and ask them to take pictures of their favorite things. When you get home, use the pictures to have a discussion about what they discovered.
  • Download the Family Guide. Museums can be overwhelming to young visitors. Our guide will direct you to some of the most kid-centric items that will introduce the most important elements of Buffalo Bill’s life.
  • Read out loud. Most of our labels are short, perfect for your young readers to practice their skills with mom and dad.

Photo opportunities at the teepee and
cowboy/cowgirl cutouts.

Schools and Teachers


Self Guided
Groups may tour the museum at their own pace by booking a Self-Guided Tour. Groups with older children may choose to participate in the “Buffalo Bill Scouting Mission.” This encourages students to explore the entire museum and complete a two-page worksheet. You may also download your own copy of the worksheet for advance tour preparation.

75 cents per child age 6 – 15 (groups of 10 or more)
$4 per adult; first two adults free.

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American Indian Hands-on Activity
Grades K – 6
Minimum: 10 students / Maximum: 48 students
*a minimum requirement of one adult per 10 children is enforced. A larger adult/child ratio will result in a cancelation of the hands-on program and the substitution of the self-guided worksheet.

Teachers will rotate their students through a series of inquiry-based and hands on activities to encourage dialog and provide plenty of tactile experiences.

Tour: Teachers lead students through an inquiry base tour of the American Indian Gallery. A list of questions and answers is provided.

Craft: Children will recreate their own “parfleche,” and American Indian carrying pouch, using card-stock paper, markers/crayons, and yarn.

Hands-on Activity: Trays of touchable objects are available for exploration and discovery. Complete interpretive materials are provided. Examples of items include fur, trade goods, and clothing.

$1 per child
Up to 2 adults per 10 students free, additional adults $4.00

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  • To reserve a date for your group or class, call 720-865-2160.
  • There is plenty of bus parking onsite. We request that the buses be moved out of the traffic lanes after students offload at the Museum.
  • Please send in one teacher to check in, make payment and confirm final numbers. The cashier will provide gathering instructions at that time.
  • We advise students use the restroom (located in the lobby) before their programs begin.
  • The Museum does not have a coatroom. If weather allows we request that jackets be left on the bus.
  • There are many picnic areas onsite for your lunch needs. The museum does not have covered or indoor dining areas available at this time. They are vulnerable to the elements, however, so be prepared to make other arrangements if you arrive on a rainy day. -If your group plans to visit the gift shop or to purchase food, please notify the Pahaska Tepee Staff in advance for their rules and requests: 303-526-9367.

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987 1/2 Lookout Mountain Road, Golden, CO 80401
Tel (720) 865-2160 | Fax (303) 526-0197 |