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Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum

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Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum
1400 Classen Drive
Oklahoma City, OK 73106
(405) 235-4458

Background:

Honoring Oklahomans for their service, Anna B. Korn founded the Oklahoma Memorial Association and the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 1927, but it wasn't until the early 1970's that a facility was finally dedicated to displaying busts and exhibits for the honorees. The Hefner Mansion was donated to house the exhibits, and the organization changed its name to the Oklahoma Heritage Association in 1971. Known as the Oklahoma Heritage House, the museum opened in 1972, and the association began publications a few years later to further recognize and celebrate contributions in the state.
In 2007, the Oklahoma Heritage Association moved to its current location, the historic Mid-Continent Life Insurance Building, constructed in 1928 but renovated extensively beginning in 2004 thanks to gifts from Edward L. Gaylord and T. Boone Pickens. Today, the museum features interactive, high-tech exhibits in order to "tell Oklahoma's story through its people."

Location & Directions:

The Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum is located along Classen Drive at the corner of NW 13th Street and Shartel Avenue. It is just north of the MidTown area of Oklahoma City, and driving directions from major highways are available online.

Admission & Hours of Operation:

The museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. In addition to Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, the museum is closed on Mondays and on Sundays from April through October. Sunday hours from November through March are 1-5 p.m.

Admission prices are as follows:
  • Adults - $7
  • Seniors (62 and older) - $5
  • Student (6-17) - $5
  • Children 5 and under - Free
  • Discounts available for groups of 15 or more.

Exhibits:

Permanent museum exhibits include:
  • Oklahoma Through Its People Gallery - The interactive exhibit explores Oklahomans past and present, famous and not-so-famous.
  • Edward L. Gaylord and T. Boone Pickens - Examines lives of the influential men by which the museum is named
  • Bust Gallery - A tour of notable Oklahomans through bust sculptures
  • ONEOK Tell Your Story - Record memories/experiences about your heritage and email them to yourself.
  • Oklahoma Hall of Fame Gallery - The database of Hall of Fame members dates back to 1928
  • Story of the Building - Learn the history of the museum building, originally constructed in 1927
Special exhibits are also available throughout the year, examining anything and everything related to Oklahoma heritage, from individuals to companies, medias and the arts.

Rules:

As with most museums, outside food and drink items, even including gum, are prohibited. In addition, photography, video and tape recording is not allowed without special permission.

Become a Member:

As an Oklahoma Heritage Association member, you are given discounts on publications, event invitations, admission passes and more, depending on the level of membership. Currently, there are more than 10 membership levels with costs ranging from $15 for students all the way up to a $10,000 Chairman's Circle membership.

Get level descriptions online, and call (405) 523-3207 for more information.
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