National Cowboy Museum, Oklahoma City
Visitors view art from Prix de West Purchase Award winners, the finest contemporary Western artists in the nation, as well as significant works by master artists such as Charles Russell, Frederic Remington and Albert Bierstadt. Of the numerous heroic-sized works on display, visitors are most awed by James Earle Fraser's famous 18-foot sculpture, The End of the Trail; Colorado sculptor Gerald Balciar's 16,000-pound white marble cougar aptly named Canyon Princess; and Windows to the West, five breathtaking Western landscapes by Albuquerque artist Wilson Hurley.
The Museum’s magnificent complex also contains Prosperity Junction, a 14,000 square foot circa 1900 Western cattle town, and major exhibition galleries which include the American Cowboy Gallery, American Rodeo Gallery, The Joe Grandee Museum of the Frontier West gallery, The Weitzenhoffer Gallery of Fine American Firearms, Western Performers Gallery, Native American Gallery and the Silberman Gallery of Native American Art.
Originally founded in 1955 as the "National Cowboy Hall of Fame", the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum has grown into an impressive collection of art and artifacts related to the American west. Located on top of Persimmon Hill in the north part of the city, a 1994 renovation expanded the museum to encompass over 200,000 sq.ft.
Included in the museum's collection are works by many famous artist of the American west, including Charles Russell, Frederic Remington and Albert Bierstadt, as well as numerous award-winning contemporary western artists. Perhaps the most famous piece in the collection is James Earle Fraser's 18-foot tall sculpture "The End of the Trail" which portrays an exhausted, wind-swept Indian brave on horse-back. It is very impressive to view in person.
In addition to the artwork, the museum also portrays the life and culture of the American west through various themed galleries. Among them are "Prosperity Junction," a full-size recreaton of a circa 1900 Western cattle town main street, and collections of firearms, saddles, and items related to western entertainers and rodeos. There is also an interactive childrens area called "Cowboy Corral."
The museum is open 9 am - 5 pm daily. It is closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day. Admission is $8.50/adults, $7.00/seniors (62+), $4.00/children 6-12, children under 6 are free.
This is a wonderful museum dedicated to cowboys and Indians. Seriously, it has marvelous displays of Native American Art and Heritage as well as all aspects of life in the old West. There are artworks by many famous artists such as Frederic Remington as well as lesser known western and Native American artists. Oklahoma has more resident Native Americans than any other state and has in the past couple of decades appropriated this heritage. It is great to see the contributions of these great people recognized and celebrated. There is an extensive permanent collection and frequent exhibitions but of all the works there I think the one in the photo is the piece de resistance. It is "End of the Trail" by James Earle Fraser. Its size and poignance is very impressive and moving and the title says much about the man, the horse and the people as a whole. Fraser incidentally is the man who designed the buffalo on the old US Buffalo nickle (a no longer minted 5 cent piece if you are not familiar with American coinage).
Probably the signature piece outside is an enlargement of Frederic Remington's 'Coming Through the Rye,' one of his more famous sculptures. The museum has been enlarged in recent years and has an amazing amount of wonderful art in the permanent collection as well as great exhibits.
One of OKC's highlights, a terrific destination in itself, and a celebration of life on the rugged frontier. Historical exhibits include cowboy and rodeo galleries, a recreated western town, an entertaining look at cowboys in movies and on television, weaponry, and more. The galleries of contemporary and classic Western Art are exceptional.
For a better look, see my travelogues (coming very soon).
If you've ever loved those paintings that were shown at the start of the old cowboy pictures or the sheer beauty of a Remington bronze then I strongly suggest that you take a good long look at this wonderful museum.
I spent over 2 hours wandering round the several galleries and exhibits and would have spent more time if my bus tour hadn't had to be on it's way.
Oh yes, and I don't usually like gift shops, but the Museum Store offers a great selection of prints of exhibits and replica bronzes & statuary.
Museum admission is a paltry $8.50 (adults) with exensive free parking.
Open 9 am to 5 pm (Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day)
If you can't visit, the I urge you to check out their website which has images of a tiny part of their collections.
More information & pictures..Click Here. Information obtained from museum website. (Their copyright).
The National Cowboy Hall of Fame is a museum dedicated to the American cowboy in particular and the American West in general. The museum has displays depicting the life of cowboys in real life and in the movies. I remember a large display of western paintings. I guess the main feature is a big room with photos and information on all of those who have been inducted into the Hall of Fame.
National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center is my favorite place in Oklahoma City. It is filled with beautiful works of art about cowboys. In the gardens behind the Hall of Fame are the graves of famous bucking broncs and rodeo bulls.
A very big surprise, this fantastic museum covers all aspects of Western history and art. It includes very beautiful grounds and an excellent café with a reasonable lunch buffet.
The Cowboy Hall of Fame!
Tour a typical Old West town with authentic 19th century artifacts, and see the Rodeo and Western Performers
See the Cowboy Hall of Fame Travelogue
This is the Cowboy Hall of Fame again. There are many beautiful statues here. It is a great place to visit for fans of the Old West.