Centered at the geographical and cultural crossroads of the United States, Oklahoma boasts everything from rolling green hills to flat golden plains. The state has a deep Native American history and charm that is unparalleled and an array of fascinating museums and historic sites. Of all the fun to be had in Oklahoma, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is one of our favorites.

The Museum has a variety of multi-cultural exhibitions, both permanent and temporary, exploring tales from Native American and Western heritages. Children and families are fundamental to the mission of the Museum, and there are always fun activities to engage visitors of all ages. Here are seven reasons why the National Cowboy Museum should be at the top of your Oklahoma to-do list.

  1. Fantastic Temporary Exhibitions

    • There is always something new to see at the Museum, with multiple new exhibitions opening every year. Currently featured are Power and Prestige: Headdresses of the American Plains, Hollywood and the American West, Artistry of the Western Paperback, and A Yard of Turkey Red: The Western Bandannacowboy museum2

  2. Distinguished Art Shows

    • Every year the Museum hosts the most prestigious art show and sale in the Western art world. Prix de West is an invitational art exhibition of hundreds of paintings and sculptures by contemporary Western artists. The event includes seminars, receptions, and awards, as well as the opportunity to buy your favorite pieces from the exhibition.

  3. Unique Shopping Experience

    • The Museum Store offers much more than trite souvenirs. Beyond the T-shirts and coffee mugs, the store boasts many products made in Oklahoma and offers unique, high-quality jewelry and other apparel, books, household items, and much more!

  4. Family Friendly

    • The Museum is family oriented and offers numerous kid-friendly activities. The first interactive children’s exhibition, Power and Prestige: Headdresses of the American Plains, recently opened to the public. This exhibition offers dramatic scenes and stories, a mapping journey, make-and-take activities, and many other fun things to do individually or as a family.

  5. Classes for Kids and Adults

    • The Museum engages the community by offering classes for both children and adults. Children’s activities include storytelling, crafts, and summer camps. Adults can sign up for beginner to advanced art classes, join the Museum book clubs, and attend educational seminars about a variety of Western subjects.cowboy museum3

  6. Impressive Permanent Collections

    • A one-of-a-kind gallery, Prosperity Junction is a replica of a turn-of-the-century cattle town, featuring life-size buildings and rooms that guests are encouraged to explore. A distant train whistle, barking dogs, upbeat Saloon piano – these everyday sounds bring the gallery to life, transporting you to a bygone era.

  7. A Fun Way to Spend a Day in OKC

    • While Oklahoma has an abundance of attractions and events, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is unsurpassable in its combination of sensational exhibitions and community engagement.