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Best Things To Do in Oklahoma City

Visit Oklahoma City and you'll find an eclectic assortment of museums. For instance, you'll find a museum solely dedicated to skeletons at the Museum of Osteology and one chronicling the Wild West at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. And though the specter of 1995's Oklahoma City Bombing still hovers, the museum and memorial do a nice job of honoring and remembering while still offering hope.

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#1

#1 in Oklahoma City

April 19, 1995, was one of those days in America's history when time stopped. A bomb decimated the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building at 9:02 a.m., killing 168 people including 19 children in its blast. This museum and memorial were raised in honor of the people affected by the domestic terrorist attack. The museum offers visitors a chronological self-guided and interactive tour separated into 10 chapters, starting with the history of the site all the way through the bombing's lasting impact and what it means for our country's future. Along the way, you'll see archived news footage, hear survivors (and surviving family members) tell their stories, and see artifacts recovered from the event, including Timothy McVeigh’s getaway car. 
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Monuments and Memorials Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum
April 19, 1995, was one of those days in America's history when time stopped. A bomb decimated the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building at 9:02 a.m., killing 168 people including 19 children in its blast. This museum and memorial were raised in honor of the people affected by the domestic terrorist attack. The museum offers visitors a chronological self-guided and interactive tour separated into 10 chapters, starting with the history of the site all the way through the bombing's lasting impact and what it means for our country's future. Along the way, you'll see archived news footage, hear survivors (and surviving family members) tell their stories, and see artifacts recovered from the event, including Timothy McVeigh’s getaway car. 
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#2 in Oklahoma City

If you and your family have an interest in biology or osteology (the study of bones and skeletons), you'll want to add in a stop to this museum. One of just two osteology museums in North America (the other is in Orlando), this museum spans 7,000 square feet and houses more than 300 complete skeletons, as well as more than 400 skulls. Skeletons range in size from an enormous humpback whale to the tiniest hummingbird. As you walk through the museum and learn about the vertebrate kingdom, you'll have the option to touch some of the skeletons on display and learn more about adaptation and locomotion, or how animals evolved to better survive their environment and how that impacted their skeletal system. 
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Museums Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology
If you and your family have an interest in biology or osteology (the study of bones and skeletons), you'll want to add in a stop to this museum. One of just two osteology museums in North America (the other is in Orlando), this museum spans 7,000 square feet and houses more than 300 complete skeletons, as well as more than 400 skulls. Skeletons range in size from an enormous humpback whale to the tiniest hummingbird. As you walk through the museum and learn about the vertebrate kingdom, you'll have the option to touch some of the skeletons on display and learn more about adaptation and locomotion, or how animals evolved to better survive their environment and how that impacted their skeletal system. 
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#3

#3 in Oklahoma City

Founded in 1955, the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum contains an expansive collection of western art and artifacts, including works by Frederic Remington, Charles M. Russell and James Earle Fraser. Along with cowboy artifacts, such as firearms, equipment (like saddles and spurs) and apparel, the museum also houses a replica turn-of-the-century town, "Prosperity Junction." You'll also find several exhibits showcasing Native American art and culture, as well as a map of tribe alliances and networks. There's also an interactive section made for kids – the Children's Cowboy Corral – where children can dress up, "ride" a horse and learn about a cowboy's code of ethics. Outside the museum, there is a courtyard with landscaped gardens.
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Museums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum
Founded in 1955, the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum contains an expansive collection of western art and artifacts, including works by Frederic Remington, Charles M. Russell and James Earle Fraser. Along with cowboy artifacts, such as firearms, equipment (like saddles and spurs) and apparel, the museum also houses a replica turn-of-the-century town, "Prosperity Junction." You'll also find several exhibits showcasing Native American art and culture, as well as a map of tribe alliances and networks. There's also an interactive section made for kids – the Children's Cowboy Corral – where children can dress up, "ride" a horse and learn about a cowboy's code of ethics. Outside the museum, there is a courtyard with landscaped gardens.
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#4 in Oklahoma City

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Bricktown's red brick buildings first appeared at the turn of the 20th century as warehouses. Now, in the 21st century, this area is a bustling entertainment district with restaurants, bars, shops, hotels and even the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark and the Cox Convention Center. There's also a canal, which visitors can enjoy via water taxi.
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Entertainment and Nightlife Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Bricktown
Bricktown's red brick buildings first appeared at the turn of the 20th century as warehouses. Now, in the 21st century, this area is a bustling entertainment district with restaurants, bars, shops, hotels and even the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark and the Cox Convention Center. There's also a canal, which visitors can enjoy via water taxi.
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#5 in Oklahoma City

Founded in 1958 and spanning more than 8 acres, Science Museum Oklahoma offers an interactive look at a variety of science fields, from engineering to aviation and even art. Start at "CurioCity," a 20,000-square-foot "city" divided into eight neighborhoods. Each neighborhood offers interactive features that teach kids (and adults) about different scientific concepts, such as the distribution of mass and investigation and observation. Among the museum's many exhibits, you'll also find a planetarium, a two-story tree house and a "Tinkering Garage" – a hands-on workshop.
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Museums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Science Museum Oklahoma
Founded in 1958 and spanning more than 8 acres, Science Museum Oklahoma offers an interactive look at a variety of science fields, from engineering to aviation and even art. Start at "CurioCity," a 20,000-square-foot "city" divided into eight neighborhoods. Each neighborhood offers interactive features that teach kids (and adults) about different scientific concepts, such as the distribution of mass and investigation and observation. Among the museum's many exhibits, you'll also find a planetarium, a two-story tree house and a "Tinkering Garage" – a hands-on workshop.
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#6 in Oklahoma City

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Situated downtown, the Myriad Botanical Gardens sprawl across 17 acres and feature outdoor and indoor spaces for year-round fun. Among the gardens' many paved paths are two interactive water features popular with little ones, including the Thunder Fountain, which mimics a thunderstorm with light and noise. But the gardens' star attraction is undoubtedly the Crystal Bridge Conservatory, which houses thousands of tropical and desert plants across its 13,000 square feet.
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Parks and Gardens Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Myriad Botanical Gardens
Situated downtown, the Myriad Botanical Gardens sprawl across 17 acres and feature outdoor and indoor spaces for year-round fun. Among the gardens' many paved paths are two interactive water features popular with little ones, including the Thunder Fountain, which mimics a thunderstorm with light and noise. But the gardens' star attraction is undoubtedly the Crystal Bridge Conservatory, which houses thousands of tropical and desert plants across its 13,000 square feet.
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#7 in Oklahoma City

According to recent visitors, a stop at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art is a must if you're a fan of artist Dale Chihuly. That's because this museum houses one of the largest collections of Chihuly glass in the world. The crown jewel of its collection, the Eleanor Blake Kirkpatrick Memorial Tower, isn't hard to miss – the 55-foot piece is on display in the museum's atrium. Along with its Chihuly collection, the museum boasts paintings, prints, photographs and sculptures from 19th- and 20th-century European and American artists, including Georgia O'Keeffe, Renoir and Gustave Courbet, among others.
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Museums Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
According to recent visitors, a stop at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art is a must if you're a fan of artist Dale Chihuly. That's because this museum houses one of the largest collections of Chihuly glass in the world. The crown jewel of its collection, the Eleanor Blake Kirkpatrick Memorial Tower, isn't hard to miss – the 55-foot piece is on display in the museum's atrium. Along with its Chihuly collection, the museum boasts paintings, prints, photographs and sculptures from 19th- and 20th-century European and American artists, including Georgia O'Keeffe, Renoir and Gustave Courbet, among others.
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#8

#8 in Oklahoma City

Part zoo, part botanical gardens, the Oklahoma City Zoo is a hit with recent travelers for its large size, manageable layout and variety of exhibits. You'll find the usual suspects here, including bears, lions and giraffes, but the Oklahoma City Zoo also boasts an exhibit unique to the area – Oklahoma Trails. This naturalistic habitat features more than 100 different animal species native to Oklahoma (around 800 individual animals) and 11 unique life zones special to Oklahoma, including the grassy Black Mesa and the rolling Ozark Highlands. You'll also find a 25-foot replica of Turner Falls, found at Big Rivers. In summer 2018, the zoo is expected to open a nearly 7-acre sanctuary for endangered animals from Asia, including elephants, red pandas and Komodo dragons, among other animals. You can also fork over a bit more cash for the zoo's many rides and animal encounters, including giraffe feedings and stingray touching experiences.
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Zoos and Aquariums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
Oklahoma City Zoo
Part zoo, part botanical gardens, the Oklahoma City Zoo is a hit with recent travelers for its large size, manageable layout and variety of exhibits. You'll find the usual suspects here, including bears, lions and giraffes, but the Oklahoma City Zoo also boasts an exhibit unique to the area – Oklahoma Trails. This naturalistic habitat features more than 100 different animal species native to Oklahoma (around 800 individual animals) and 11 unique life zones special to Oklahoma, including the grassy Black Mesa and the rolling Ozark Highlands. You'll also find a 25-foot replica of Turner Falls, found at Big Rivers. In summer 2018, the zoo is expected to open a nearly 7-acre sanctuary for endangered animals from Asia, including elephants, red pandas and Komodo dragons, among other animals. You can also fork over a bit more cash for the zoo's many rides and animal encounters, including giraffe feedings and stingray touching experiences.
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