Adventure and history are around every corner at the Historic Harn Homestead Museum. The outdoor museum is original Oklahoma Land Run property. If you’re interested in teaching your children about the territorial years of Oklahoma and giving them some wiggle time too - this is the perfect outing. Many schools take students on field trips to the Harn Homestead. Annually, over 15,000 public, private and home-school children participate in the museum’s hands-on educational programming.
The turn-of-the-19th century farm belonged to William Fremont Harn and his wife, Alice. Mrs. Harn’s niece, Florence Wilson, inherited the house and property and lived there until 1967. She deeded it to the City of Oklahoma City for a museum. The non-profit historic museum is packed full of history. The museum encompasses 9.4 acres of original land run property and houses seven historical buildings. There are annual educational programs such as the Land Run Re-enactment, One-Room Schoolhouse Program and Territorial Farms Program.
The territorial schoolhouse was originally located near Crescent and was moved to the Harn property in 1988. The desks and chalkboard are original. An authentic desk owned by Will Rogers is used for the teacher’s desk. Children participate in what would’ve been a normal school day and then play old-fashioned outdoor games.
The Land Run re-enactment takes place around April 22 every year. Up to 300 students participate. Children learn how to pack a wagon, build a basic structure and make rope. The kids also play old fashioned outdoor games, then eat a picnic lunch.
In addition to education programming, another 8,000 guests visit the property for tours of Mr. & Mrs. Harn’s historic home. The Harn’s built the home after Mr. Harn moved to Oklahoma from Ohio in 1891. President Benjamin Harrison appointed Mr. Harn to be a federal land agent in Oklahoma Territory to settle disputes from the 1889 Land Run. Mr. Harn and his wife bought 160 acres from a person who had acquired it in the event.
The Shinn Barn moved from its original location to the Harn Homestead Museum in 1987. The corn grinders, shellers and stone grinder are for use with the educational programming. The west entrance to the barn is open to both general admission and field trips and kids can gather eggs there or rake the straw that would have been part of their daily chore rotation in the 1800s. Outside the barn, there are two model cows that children can try their hand at actually milking.
The farmhouse was moved onto the property in 1910 for the family of George Upton Harn, who was Mr. Harn’s nephew. George Harn and his family came to assist Mr. Harn as caretakers to his property. The farmhouse is open for both general admission and field trips. Hands-on experience for children include old-fashioned toys, games, and books, dress-up clothes and play kitchen items.
The Harn Homestead is available for private parties and corporate and civic events. The event barn is a replica barn of the Harn’s barn (which burned down). Inside the barn is a car from the 1950s touring production of “Oklahoma!”
The Harn Homestead is open Monday-Friday from 10-4. Admission is $5 for ages over 3, Seniors and Military with ID are $4.