National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum#3 in Best Things To Do 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.
Most visitors express surprise at how much they enjoyed this museum using adjectives, such as "beautiful," "huge" and "well done." Reviewers also suggested allotting several hours or even a full day to see all the museum has to offer.
You'll find the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum northeast of the city center, off of Interstate 44. Admission for adults costs $12.50; entrance for kids 6 to 12 costs $5.75. Children 5 and younger enter for free. The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Parking is free. You'll also find a museum store and cafe on-site. For more information, visit the museum's website.
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