3 Reasons To Visit the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum TODAY!

If you live near or in Oklahoma City, count yourself lucky for today’s post. If you don’t, start looking into spending your next long weekend in Oklahoma!

The End of the Trail Sculpture looming in the main lobby. Absolutely magnificent!
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I recently had the privilege of visiting the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. If you haven’t been, you NEED TO GO, like ASAP! This was my second time in OKC but I didn’t have the chance to head over to the museum the first time around. This trip was filled with so much more sight seeing so I was a happy camper.

Background note: I visit Oklahoma for business for my full time day job so sight seeing takes a back seat while I can take care of business. I was very lucky this time around to have made friends with my coworkers who took me to these amazing places. This is not a sponsored or paid post.

So why do you need to visit the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum? Well here is my top reasons why.

The wall of brands. Each brand has a different history & meaning. ©International Cowgirl Blog 2019
  1. You’ll be greeted like one of the family. We strolled in to get our tickets & were pleasantly greeted by guides who talked to us like they were our Uncle Bobby. With cowboy hats & Wrangler jeans they had us feeling right at home in no time at all.
  2. The place is HUGE. We only toured around the museum half & we didn’t realize how big it was until we were moving from exhibit to exhibit and room to room. You will never be board as there is something for everyone. The exhibits included American Rodeo, Western Performers, Art of the American West, Native American, Silberman, Fine Firearms, Women in Rodeo, The Museum of the Frontier. There was a whole room just for saddles & cowboy hats. Another dedicated to the history of branding & barbed wire. There was also a Bison Exhibition being featured while we were there. There is a whole other wing to the facility which has an arena/event center, board rooms, restaurant and plaza. The facility also houses sculptures both inside and in the gardens which sprawls over multiple acres in itself.
  3. Bang for your buck. For one adult ticket it was $12.50. For kids it is a little over $5 & if you become a member of the museum, entry is free of charge. If I went off of shear size alone, you are getting your money’s worth. With all the interactive exhibitions for the kids, multiple visual displays & exhibits overall, ease of navigating through, I would have to say, why haven’t you bought your ticket already? The museum also houses the largest archive of rodeo photography in the world. I don’t think I’ve ever been to another museum like this one. It is one of a kind presenting the best of what cowboy & western history has to offer.
American Cowboy Boots designed & carved by Bob Brown (1910-2005). Assembled by Paul Brown. The two primary images are a Bison & a caricature of an indigenous person.
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I hope you can get there one day soon. As a non US citizen, I love learning about other cultures, especially the one I reside in now today. As a US citizen, I can imagine how proud you must be to learn about how your land & people came about to what they are today.

Traditional turquoise blossom necklaces. ©International Cowgirl Blog 2019
The progression of western saddles. ©International Cowgirl Blog 2019
American Indian Artists Exhibition ©International Cowgirl Blog 2019
You can learn how to draw a horse at the museum – there is plenty of paper & pencils ready for your artistic take on the majestic animal. ©International Cowgirl Blog 2019
Beautiful paintings from across the centuries are housed at the museum ©International Cowgirl Blog 2019
Many women who made history in the western front & in the rodeo industry have exhibits here at the museum. Pictured here is Alice Greenough’s feature.
Alice Greenough Orr (March 17, 1902 – August 20, 1995), a rancher’s daughter in Montana, she became an internationally known rodeo performer and organizer who was inducted into the Rodeo Hall of Fame in the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (OKC) & the National Cowgirl Museum & Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, TX. She is considered “hands down” the first rodeo queen.
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History of Rodeo Exhibit. ©International Cowgirl Blog 2019

So there you have it! A few of my snap shots from around the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Have you ever had the chance to go? If so, what did you think about it?

I could walk around all day, every day and still see something that I missed the time before. I am looking forward to visiting next time I am in town & seeing what other featured exhibits they get in.

Don’t pass up the opportunity if you have the chance to go. Got a free afternoon & you’re in OKC? Head on over. You won’t regret it.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Stay safe & God bless.

~~International Cowgirl

2 Comments on “3 Reasons To Visit the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum TODAY!

  1. I visited the museum when I was in OK visiting friends about 18 months ago and thought the place was great. I was there mid week and it was quiet quiet so I could go around at my own pace and not worry about holding anyone up.
    All the history was great and not something that I would ever get to experience here in the UK. In the art displays I was particularly taken by Jerome Tiger’s work but wasn’t in the position with travelling a lot to purchase a print and get it home safely. The stroll around the gardens was equally enjoyable with lots to note throughout.
    I would also recommend it for anyone with an interest.

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