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Oklahoma City's Adventure District is home to some of the most popular tourist attractions in the state. Hear the thunder of the thoroughbreds at Remington Park, make memories at the USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex, journey through the wild at the OKC Zoo, honor the legacy of the American cowboy at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, and step into scientific wonders at Science Museum Oklahoma.
One of downtown Oklahoma City's most unique treasures, the American Banjo Museum is home to the world's largest collection of publicly displayed banjos, featuring over 400 individual instruments. The 21,000-square-foot facility honors the vibrant spirit and rich history of this beloved American symbol, from its humble African roots to its heyday during the Roaring ‘20s to its current standing in bluegrass, folk and jazz music.
Experience a slice of Native American history in Tishomingo, Oklahoma, at the first Chickasaw Council House built in Indian Territory. Today, the Council House Museum honors the rich culture of the Chickasaw people and features one of the largest collections of Chickasaw arts and cultural artifacts in the state.
Chosen CNN’s top travel destination for Oklahoma in 2014, the Chickasaw Cultural Center is one of the largest, most comprehensive tribal cultural centers in the United States. Come celebrate, embrace and share the heritage that binds the Chickasaw Nation together.
If you're a cowboy or history buff, make it a point to tour the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center & Garis Gallery of the American West in Duncan, Oklahoma. This interactive museum immerses visitors in the rough-and-tumble world of the historic Chisholm Trail, which was used in the post-Civil War era to drive cattle from Texas ranches to Kansas railheads.
Downtown Oklahoma City continues to thrive and evolve. This walkable urban area includes everything from museums, parks, shops and restaurants to sports, festivals and water adventures. Explore the uniqueness of each of its seven districts.
Fort Washita Historic Site and Museum is a must-visit destination for military history buffs. Established in 1842, Fort Washita served as the southwestern-most military post of the United States and was built to maintain peace for the newly removed Choctaws and Chickasaws. Today, the restored Fort Washita is a National Historic Landmark and free museum offering visitors a glimpse into life before and during the Civil War.
The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, located on the University of Oklahoma campus, is known as one of the finest university art museums in the country. Established in 1936, the museum now boasts a nearly 17,000-object permanent collection featuring such visionaries as Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, Georgia O'Keeffe and Edward Hopper, as well as a large collection of Native American and American Southwest art.
Artifacts of all varieties can be found at the Greater Southwest Historical Museum, ranging from an early electric car to a steam-pumper fire engine to the Wichita Falls Spudder Rig that was widely used in the Ardmore area oil fields from the 1920s to the 1940s. The centerpiece, however, is the Sam Noble Hall, featuring exhibits that recreate Western life at the turn of the century.
Harn Homestead, claimed during the Land Run of 1889, is a 10-acre historical homestead in Oklahoma City. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Harn now serves as a museum and popular field trip destination where kids can learn about life during the territorial days of Oklahoma.
Witness the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s collection of more than 28,000 Western and American Indian art and artifacts that preserve the history and cultures of the American West. Be sure to check out the variety of works by renowned American artist Frederic Remington, as well as the massive “End of the Trail” sculpture that greets visitors upon arrival.
Norman’s National Weather Museum and Science Center is a burgeoning state-of-the-art facility that preserves weather artifacts and showcases scientific innovations. Watch as the history of weather research comes alive through the museum’s immersive exhibits!
The Oklahoma City Museum of Art is home to one of the world's largest, most comprehensive collections of Chihuly glass, with a 55-foot, multi-colored Chihuly tower greeting visitors as they enter the museum's atrium.
This breathtaking memorial honors the lives lost in the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building on April 19, 1995. Inside the Museum, walk through the events of, and response following, that fateful morning, and leave knowing the world holds far more good than bad. The Outdoor Symbolic Memorial, from the Survivor Tree to the Reflecting Pool to the 168 empty chairs in memory of the fallen, is a moving piece of American History that must be experienced.
When driving down Broadway in Automobile Alley, you’re sure to spot a curious metallic structure standing tall in the distance. That’s the 54,000 square foot Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, a nonprofit organization that has lead the way in offering progressive and innovative art exhibits to the people of Oklahoma City for over 30 years.
Featuring a variety of high-tech, interactive exhibits, the Oklahoma Hall of Fame at Gaylord-Pickens Museum allows visitors to virtually meet notable Oklahomans to get a sense of the various faces, voices and spirits that make this state what it is today.
History buffs shouldn’t miss the 215,000-square-foot Oklahoma History Center. Situated on 18 acres in Oklahoma City, this learning center displays over 2,000 artifacts exploring Oklahoma’s unique heritage, from the state’s rich Native American culture to the land run days to the thriving present day.
Located just minutes from I-35, the Oklahoma Railway Museum is a fun, outdoor attraction for locomotive lovers of all ages. Featuring freight cars, passenger cars, a real steam engine and a variety of railroad equipment and memorabilia, there's something for everyone at this free museum.
The best of the best in the world of athletics are honored at the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame, where visitors can pay homage to everyone from Barry Sanders and Mickey Mantle to Shannon Miller and Troy Aikman. The Hall of Fame also annually issues the Paycom Jim Thorpe Award, one of the nation’s top collegiate sports honors, recognizing performance on the field as defensive backs, athletic ability and character.
For an exploration into Oklahoma's physical past, look no further than the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History. It's one of the world's largest university-based natural history museums, containing roughly seven million objects. Be greeted by the world’s tallest dinosaur; the 40-foot-long neck and skull peek into the museum’s great hall. Don’t miss “The Clash of the Titans,” the museum’s centerpiece exhibit, featuring two dinosaurs in a battle to the death.
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