The Jim Thorpe Museum, located within the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame, is a tribute to one of Oklahoma’s greatest athletes, Jim Thorpe. Thorpe was a member of the Sac and Fox Nation, born near modern day Prague, Oklahoma, in 1887. 

The 20th century legend excelled in several sports, including football, baseball and track & field. During his lifetime, Thorpe won an Olympic Gold Medal and was the first person to play both football and baseball professionally.  

The Oklahoma native was honored as a selection to the NFL’s first All-Pro team (a list honoring the best player at each position) in the 1920s and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1963, passing away a decade prior to his induction.  

The museum opened in January 2023 and features artifacts and memorabilia from the legendary athlete’s career, giving visitors a deeper insight into the incredible accomplishments of this local hero. Additionally, the space includes an exhibit detailing Jim Thorpe Award winners, an honor bestowed upon the nation’s best defensive back in college football every year since 1986. 

The Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame houses the Jim Thorpe Museum, presents the Paycom Jim Thorpe Award and also features an exhibit about the Warren Spahn Award, which is awarded to Major League Baseball’s best left-handed pitcher every season. The Oklahoma Tennis Hall of Fame is also located on site at the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame. 

Sitting just outside of Bricktown Ballpark, it's easy to get downtown and take a fun trip to the Jim Thorpe Museum in the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame! Admission to the museum is free, and the space is open from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.