Firstly.. I am not sure if I should have put this tip on the "Oklahoma City " page or not !!!but seeing that this is a "National Museum" and as such..is a significant part of this great State a Museum that also says so much about Oklahoma .SO....I have decided to put it here..
This wonderful Western Heritage Museum ...and I mean that in the true sense of the word...I was just so impressed by this amazing Museum and its contents..This is the real America..This museum lays out the whole of the Western history of the State and the nation showing the country's huge Western "cowboy" and "native American influence from the pioneers , the native American indians right through to the present day cowboy and Native American ..depicting the grit courage ,tenacity passion and glory of what was and is the west.
Upon entry the first thing to catch my eye is the amazing sculpture by James Earle Fraser of the Native American Indian on his horse at the " End of 'The Trail" standing 18 feet tall and weighing over four tons this awe inspiring sculpture creates a powerful first impression that reflects the legacy of the defeated "Indian warrior" .. bound for oblivion.. "The Trail of Tears" a very sad episode in the early part of American History..One cannot be helped but be overwhelmed by the "lifelike " intracacies in this magnificent sculpture .
This is truly a huge museum with "everything " western.. from its history to its characters, its film stars, its artists, painters sculptures, along with an amazing amount of, western saddles. weapons, clothing and an inumerable amount of personal trophies, and weapons .. The late John Wayne bequeathed his whole collection of guns and other weapons,, trophies and all his movie memorabilia to the Museum in 1979 and there are also many other items that have been donated by many "cowboys" whether famous or not..
Located in the " Western Performers Gallery" is a cinema..showing old "cowboy films" with many old "movie" posters of old cowboy Heroes ..like Gene Autrey ,, Gabby Hayes, Hopalong Cassidy, The Lone Ranger and Tonto...etc.etc.. Prosperity Junction displays an old early western cattle town in an evening setting along with Salloon ,Sherrifs Office and Jail, various shops, school room..etc..
See the many displays of wonderful native American clothing ..there is just .so much ..
suffice to say..!! There are so many different areas covering many different themes . get the colour coded map on entry to navigate yourself around..
Allow yourself a lot of time here as you will no doubt be overwhelmed by the incredible amount to be seen and enjoyed with what this wonderful and truly American museum has to offer the visitor. I loved it ...One of the greatest Museums that I have seen in the world..
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Get great fun exercise while hiking up the beautiful Elk Mountain of the Wichita mountains!! Glimpse the majestic plains as you climb ever higher, scaling rocks and walls of peeling granite, surrounded by the bountiful local wildlife. Buffalo, elk- take a look at Prairie Dog town :)! Best of all, there's no entry fee, and a wonderful visitor's center.
In May we stepped back in time to 1539 at The Castle of Muskogee's Oklahoma Renaissance Festival. We visit several of the shops. We ate at the newly built Italian Quarter, where they had some of the best pizza I have every had. While we ate we watched a magic show. Then we attended the living chess match. We got insulted by man that was in the stalks begging to be hit with rotten fruit. My oldest daughter got her face painted with a beautiful picture. There was even a man blowing bubbles for even the littlest of guest. My mother even enjoyed looking at the handsome actors. LOL. My whole family had a really great time and we can't wait until the next one in May!
While on a cross-country road trip in August, 2005, I stopped and camped at this beautiful state park in the northeastern corner of Oklahoma. The park sits at the confluence of the Neosho and Spring Rivers and is especially popular with fishermen and boaters. The 63-acre park has 160 campsites, from modern to rustic. Other recreational ammenities include volleyball, horseshoes and playgrounds. This is a peaceful and serene area, and a great place for a quiet getaway or a family vacation.
The area around Twin Bridges consists of the Wyandotte Nation of Oklahoma. There is a casino nearby, and much of native American historical and cultural interest to explore.
This is the first building constructed in Oklahoma Territory for the purposes of higher education. Known then as the Territorial Normal School, its classes first assembled in a nearby Methodist church before this building rose on its present site in January 1893. This National Historic Site remains Edmond's most impressive historic building, and sitting as it does on the edge of campus, it still serves higher education by quartering the administration for the University of Central Oklahoma.
Grew up around Lake Texoma area....there's plenty to see and do here!! Located just a few miles outside of Durant, OK.
93,000 Lake Acres • 1,882 Park Acres • Resort Lodge • 67 Cottages • Bayview Lodge • 7 Meeting Rooms • Galley Restaurant • Waterfront Lounge • 4 Lake Huts • 3 Camping Areas, 517 Campsites • RV Rally Group Campground • Nature Center • Naturalist • Indoor Fitness & Recreation Center • Swimming Beach & Pool • Boating • Water Skiing • Horseback Riding • Hayrides • Bicycle Rentals • Bumper Boats • Miniature Golf • Go-Cart Track • Striper Fishing Guide Service & Packages • Marina (boat & personal water craft rentals) • Grocery • Airstrip • Hiking Trail • Recreation Specialist
Oklahoma City is a medium sized city that seems like a nice place. We spent one night there, and visited the History Center that is located across from the Capitol building ( see photo). We did not actually visit the Capitol building but I just took a photo of it, since it looked nice:)
After going through some travel brochures at the hotel we were staying at, and we only had limited time, we decided on the museum, but there are a few other things I would have liked to do , like visit the livestock auction, or the Cowboy museum.
We spent an entire morning at the Oklahoma History Center, and it was well worth it! There are several different exhibits, all of them interesting. I enjoyed the Pioneer section the most, and the Native American section. The kids liked the current Rock'n Roll exhibit.
The exhibits about the pioneers detailed Oklahoma history, and had a lot of stuff to look at like the replica of one of the wagons the early settlers arrived in. I found the whole land rush thing interesting. Basically, the government opened up the State of Oklahoma, and said " ready, set, go! " and whoever got to a piece of land first, could just claim it. The result was a race to get the land of course. Some "cheated" , the "Sooners" took off early...so they got a lot of the land before everyone else got there. The "Dust Bowl" section was ...scary! It is hard to imagine that this very productive looking State was at one point 80 or so years ago covered with sand and dust and people were starving, just because of bad land management ( and drought, but they have those now also sometimes). The weather is another problem in Oklahoma, they have it ALL, tornados, blizzards, floods, droughts. I think the only thing missing is hurricanes.
So, if you find yourself in Oklahoma City and have time for only one thing, this museum would be my choice.
We were going to hike up Black Mesa, the highest point in Oklahoma but stopped way short of the top because it was just too hot ( over 100 at 9 AM already) , dusty and dry.
The area is really in the middle of nowhere, and takes a while to get to. It is in the far north-west corner of Oklahoma, right at the border with Colorado and New Mexico.
The hike is over 8 miles round trip but we probably only hiked a few miles down the trail. You have to hike all the way around the Mesa to the other side from the parking lot before you even start climbing. A mesa is basically a flat top rock. This one isn't even that high, just over 4000 ft. Maybe next time.....
This large new Welcome center is near the northern border of Oklahoma along Interstate 35. They offer free coffee as well as maps and information. It makes a nice stop.
CLICK THE PHOTO TO SEE THE ACTUAL WELCOME CENTER BEHIND THE SIGN.
The Air & Space Museum itself is relatively small; it is just one large room that houses maybe a dozen planes & artifacts. If you are very into air & space I’m sure you will find it much more interesting than I did, but I was mostly there for the planetarium. The planetarium has several showings throughout the day; the one I saw was about astronauts. I found it very interesting. The guide started off by showing us Tulsa’s night sky & pointing out various stars and clusters and answering questions. Then it moved on to the astronaut presentation.
TASM is open Tuesday through Saturday 10 am to 5 pm. And on Sundays 1 pm to 5 pm. TASM is closed on Mondays and Major Holidays.
Admission includes Hangar One Museum and One Planetarium show.
Seniors (62 & over) $9
Students & Military (ID required) $ 9
Age 3 & Under - Free
3624 North 74th East Avenue
Tulsa, OK 74115
The area that is the most asthetically pleasing is Utica Square in Tulsa. The trees are huge and there are flowers everywhere. It has a neighborhood, laid back but classy feel to it. I liked going to the Utica Square area because not only do they have lots of browsing and restaurants but it is near other things to do if you like parks or driving about. I like the nearby rose garden on Peoria. There also used to be shops and dining, music on Cherry St. which is near 15th and Peoria I believe. Utica is quaint, well manicured. There are lots of choices for restaurants and shopping in a boutique like shopping area. Seems that the restaurants are cleaner and modern. I haven't lived there since 1999, so a lot of things may have changed, but recently visited a Utica Square website and the restaurants and some shops are listed. I know this is a well lit area at night and is quite pretty all year round.
Museum & Wildlife Preserve
Nestled in the northern Osage hills of Oklahoma. This was the personal Ranch of Frank Phillips of Phillips Petroleum Company. The ranch is 3,700 acres and is home to bison, elk, longhorn cattle and other native and exotic wildlife.
Woolaroc also has a museum on the grounds full of exciting western art, artifacts, Native American items.
Like the outdoors?? You don't be disapointed!
I enjoyed every visit we made there, and I really like that children under 11 are free!!
The admission donation is $8 for guests ages 12 through 64, $6 for ages 65 and older. Children age 11 and younger are free.
Please call for rates for school groups and special needs groups.
Woolaroc is open year-round for guest visitation.
Regular Schedule: Woolaroc is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday and closed Monday and Tuesday.
Summer Schedule: Woolaroc is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday through Sunday and closed only on Monday from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Woolaroc is closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
One of the most beautiful places on Earth. Located in the heart of the Arbuckle Mountains, this place is a major go-to place during the summer. Lots of swimming, laying out, and other activities. During the fall and winter, camping and hiking. But, the major attraction are the falls. The waterfall is absolutely magnificent.
There is even an old castle that used to me the home of a prominent Oklahoma Native. You are unable to enter it due to it's closing and vandals (jerks), but it's still a sight to see.
Will Rogers is well known for his statement, "I never met a man I didn't like." And I doubt that there is a person anywhere who knows much about Will Rogers and doesn't like him - or at least his memory.
Will Rogers just may be Oklahoma's all-time favorite son. He was born in a log cabin in Oologah, and buried in the family tomb, in a regal sunken garden at this memorial, in nearby Claremore, OK.
During his remarkable life, 1879-1935, Will Rogers was a trick roper, pundit, world traveler, star of Braodway and 71 movies, radio commentator, newspaper columnist and author. He is best remembered as a humorit-philosopher and an inspiring, kindly role model.
I was personally very inspired by my visiit to the Will Rogers Memorial Museum. It is on the campus of Rogers State University in Claremore, OK. There are eight very well presented galleries with theaters, interavctive TV, art and artifacts depicting Rogers' amazing and wholesome life.
The museum and memorial is open 365 Days a Year: 8:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m. Admission is by voluntary contributions.
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2901 Bankers Ave., Directly behind Riverwind Casino, Norman, Oklahoma, 73072, United States
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