Saturday, January 30, 2016

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

The End of the Trail by James Earle Fraser

We took our homeschool on the road again, this time to Oklahoma City. After asking a few friends what we should see while in the city, one museum popped up again and again, so we made it our first stop: National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.

Arizona Suite by Wilson Hurley

The museum has a wonderful collection of fine art and artifacts that preserve the lifestyle and history of the American West.

Everything from Native American art and textiles to western performers like John Wayne and Will Rogers are covered in the museum.

For example, we had no idea there were so many types of barbed wire! The museum has 1300 strands on display to compare and contrast. 

My kids enjoyed walking through Prosperity Junction, a replica of an old west town block, complete with school, church, train station, and blacksmith.

They also enjoyed the Children's Cowboy Corral. This gallery was definitely aimed at younger kids (probably around 3-7) but my kids are always up for an adventure. 

 The kids tried out some cowboy clothes and sat on some saddles. It was pretty funny; we're definitely city folk, even though our city (Seattle) isn't that big!

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is definitely a stop I would recommend for anyone visiting Oklahoma City!

Cost: $12.50 adults, $9.75 seniors and students, $5.75 kids 4-12, 3 and under free
Distance from downtown Oklahoma City: about 7.5 miles, or 12 minutes
What to see: Galleries dedicated to American Cowboy, American Rodeo, Art of the American West, Fine Firearms, American Frontier, Native American art, Western Performers and more.

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