Established in 1955 with the purpose of honoring the American cowboys, what was then called the Cowboy Hall of Fame has become today's National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. The 200,000 square foot facility features Western and Native American artifacts, sculptures, art and historical galleries. It is one of Oklahoma City's more popular attractions and one of the most respected museums of its kind in the United States.
The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum is located at 1700 NE 63rd St. It is just North of I-44 on 63rd between Kelley Ave. and Martin Luther King Ave.
With a number of art galleries containing both classic and contemporary art, the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum boasts an impressive collection of Western works. But there are also historical galleries that cover a variety of topics such as the life of a working cowboy and the history of the American rodeo. In addition, there are many Native American works of art, history and sculpture.
"Prosperity Junction," built inside the museum, is a replica of a turn of the century Western town. With 19 buildings covering nearly 15,000 square feet of the museum, the replica offers museum visitors the opportunity to put themselves inside history.
The grounds around the museum feature a number of outdoor sculptures and beautiful landscaping. With gardens, ponds and a fountain-surrounded plaza, the outside of the museum is truly part of the exhibit.
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2010 will see paintings that celebrate music and dance of the American Indians, wildlife art and much, much more.
Admission and Hours of Operation:
The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed only on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.
Admission is $12.50 for adults and $5.75 for children 4-12 years old. Children under 4 are free, and Seniors are $9.75.
Tours and Amenities:
Tours are available for students or adults during normal museum times of operation. A minimum of 10 individuals is required. Reservations are also required and can be made by calling (405) 478-2250, ext. 277.
The museum provides wheelchairs and strollers at no cost, on a first come, first serve basis. Parking is free, and there is complimentary coat checking.
Dining on Persimmon Hill:
Open daily for lunch from 11am to 2:30pm and for snacks until 4pm, Dining on Persimmon Hill is the museum's Western decor restaurant. It's a full service restaurant that overlooks the outdoor landscaping and serves a diverse menu with sandwiches, soup, wraps, salads, buffets and fantastic desserts available. Average meal price is around $8.
If visitors wish to only go to the restaurant, they can enter the museum at no charge.