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Oklahoma History Center

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Oklahoma History Center
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Background:

A project of the Oklahoma Historical Society, the Oklahoma History Center was in the works for seven years before its opening in November of 2005. Sitting on 18 acres, the 40,000 square foot facility contains 5 main exhibit galleries and over 100 audiovisual interactive opportunities for guests. The goal is to span the entire breadth of Oklahoma's diverse history from Native Americans to oil.

Hours of Operation:

Monday through Saturday - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed Sunday as well as New Year's Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day

Admission:

Adults ($7), Seniors 62 and older ($6), Students ($4), Children 5 and under/Veterans and Active Duty Military with ID (Free)

Group and family rates available.  Call (405) 522-0765 for more information or to inquire about field trips and/or museum tours.

Location:

800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive in Oklahoma City.
Located on the Northeast Corner of the Capitol Complex near NE 23rd and Lincoln.

Get a detailed map of the Oklahoma State Capitol area.

Design & Exhibits:

There is a broad range of Oklahoma history covered through exhibits at the history center. The structure was designed by Beck Associates of Oklahoma City in collaboration with Helmuth, Obata, and Kassabaum of St. Louis. Designed by Haley Sharpe Design Limited, the exhibits include:

Outside Oil Exhibit: Features all machinery associated with oil drilling in Oklahoma including derricks.

Indian Gallery: Represents all 39 Native American tribes in Oklahoma history. Includes historical photographs, artifacts, music, art and more.

Oklahoma Art: Vast collection of images related to Oklahoma's history in radio, television, film and art.

Land Run and Lotteries: Explores everything from the settlement of Oklahoma to the expansion of governments and education.

Transportation and Resources: Looks at Oklahoma's contributions in US wars as well as the history of the oil and gas industry.

Bottom Line:

Even if you don't consider yourself a history or education buff, you are sure to be amazed at the facilities and exhibits at the Oklahoma History Center. The exhibits are designed to be interactive in as many ways as possible, so children and adults alike will feel like part of the experience.

As well, much of the visual components of the History Center are enthralling to say the least. Included are many artifacts and images never seen before by the public eye.

Make the Oklahoma History Center one of your upcoming destinations. The experience will both educate and captivate.

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