2-Day Itinerary for Exploring Native American History & Culture in OKC

From vibrant murals to bustling businesses owned by Indigenous voices, every corner of Oklahoma City whispers tales of the past and celebrates the present.

Dive into the deep-rooted traditions and modern-day vibrancy of Native American life in OKC. Whether you're seeking interactive experiences with the family or delicious Indigenous cuisine, OKC offers an immersive experience for all.

Day One

Start your day at First Americans Museum (FAM), located along the scenic Oklahoma River. FAM shares the cultural diversity, history, art and contributions of Oklahoma’s 39 distinct First American Nations. Immerse yourself in captivating storytelling and interactive exhibits that bring to life the rich heritage of Native Americans. With a dedicated team of Indigenous curators, the museum offers authentic insights and perspectives. Explore diverse narratives, from ancient traditions to contemporary achievements and gain a deeper appreciation for the resilience and contributions of Oklahoma’s First American communities. Experience engaging family friendly activities and an outdoor cultural park where the plains, prairies and wetlands converge.

Be sure to stop by the museum’s gift shop, FAMstore, featuring handmade art and products created by the finest First American artists and businesses. Their mix of traditional and modern merchandise includes exclusive collections, customizable gift baskets and an expansive selection. 

Exterior of Hall of The People at the First Americans Museum along the Oklahoma River

When it’s time for lunch, you don’t have to travel far, Thirty Nine Restaurant is situated inside FAM. This dining spot has a relaxing ambiance and offers Native American cuisine. Here, each dish tells a story, crafted with locally sourced ingredients and inspired by the culinary traditions of Oklahoma’s 39 First American nations.

Wrap up your afternoon with a visit to Exhibit C Gallery in OKC’s Bricktown District. They offer a unique space to witness Native talent, and showcases a range of artworks from paintings to intricate beadwork, all created by Native American artists.

As evening sets in, dine at any of Oklahoma City’s Bricktown District restaurants before enjoying a night cap at Skydance Brewing Co. This craft brewery destination is Native American-owned and serves delicious brews with fun names honoring the Indigenous culture.

Day Two

Continue learning about OKC’s Native traditions and history across other popular Oklahoma City museums, including the Liichokoshkomo’ exhibit at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Liichokoshkomo' (Chickasaw for “Let’s Play!”) is an outdoor educational experience showcasing the diversity and ingenuity of Native American cultures. The outdoor exhibit is fun to explore with families and features replicas of a Kiowa Tipi, Puebloan cliff dwelling, prairie sod house, Chickasaw Council House and more.

Check out the museum’s gift shop, Persimmon Hill, on your visit. The shop has a collection of Pendleton clothing for men, women and children as well as accessories and blankets. Be sure to check out the Native houseware and gift section as well. 

Family at National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

While museum hopping, check out Oklahoma History Center. The ONEOK, Inc. Gallery offers visitors the opportunity to explore the historic past of the First Americans of Oklahoma as well as experience contemporary cultures. Through the lens of twentieth-century Native American experiences, visitors can journey through time, connecting the past with the present by delving into the exhibit’s artifacts, tribal music, photographs, art and oral histories from the Indigenous people of Oklahoma. It's a unique opportunity to explore and celebrate the enduring legacy of Native American heritage in Oklahoma.

If you’ve got extra time in your day or plan to extend your stay in OKC, you’ll want to check out other must-visit Native American businesses, including galleries and shops, that offer a taste of the Indigenous culture. Stop by the Red Earth Arts Center, showcasing local and national Native American artwork and classes, Oklahoma Native Art & Jewelry, where you’ll find countless Native-made artisan goods and the Cheyenne Sky Studio, offering jewelry-making classes. 

Depending on what time of year you’re visiting, you’ll want to attend one of our Native American events, including the Red Earth Festival in March and Indigenous Peoples Day in October at First Americans Museum.

Discover the hidden gems of Oklahoma City's vibrant Indigenous community and create lasting memories with your family on a fascinating journey through our Native American restaurants, museums, events and businesses.