The First Americans Museum (FAM) will officially open its doors Sept. 18-19 for a Grand Opening Weekend celebration full of entertainment, cultural demonstrations and activities for the whole family to enjoy.
Tickets are $5 per person, per day and can be purchased exclusively through the museum’s website. Admission for FAM members and children under 3 is free. Due to expected large crowds, all tickets must be purchased in advance of opening weekend.
“We are thrilled to share with the public a premier venue dedicated to the history, art and cultural lifeways of First Americans in Oklahoma. We invite everyone to the long-awaited opening of FAM in September,” said James Pepper Henry, FAM director and CEO. “Those who attend the Grand Opening will be among the first to experience a national treasure that will be enjoyed for decades to come.”
The museum will open at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, with a tribal procession of 39 distinct Tribal Nations taking place at 10:30 a.m., followed by remarks from tribal, city and museum leaders.
Attendees will have an opportunity to view museum facilities and sample Indigenous-inspired cuisine in the FAM 39 Restaurant and Arbor Cafe. In addition, numerous food trucks will be in the Festival Plaza during Grand Opening Weekend. FAM members received a 10 percent discount at the restaurant, cafe and FAMstore.
During Grand Opening Weekend only, no onsite parking will be available, except for parking provided for visitors with disability parking placard credentials. Crooked Oak Public Schools is providing parking and shuttle services to and from the museum for $10 per vehicle, with proceeds going to Crooked Oak athletic and JROTC programs. Free parking shuttle services will be available to transport visitors all weekend to and from designated parking sites, starting at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, and running throughout the weekend’s scheduled events. The use of rideshare services is strongly encouraged.
To ensure everyone's safety and enjoyment, FAM is following the latest CDC COVID-19 guidelines for large group events. The museum's campus will operate with timed entry tickets to ensure visitors have ample space to observe social distancing. Due to observance of health and safety protocols regarding capacity in enclosed spaces, access to exhibition galleries may be limited on opening weekend. The museum encourages visitors to return on a future date to explore the extensive exhibit galleries.
To view a complete list of Grand Opening Weekend entertainment, activities and dining options, visit famok.org.