Top Oklahoma City Museums

The OKC metro area has a number of excellent educational and entertaining attractions. Here is a list of the best Oklahoma City museums, with links for more detailed information on each.

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Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum

OKC Memorial Museum
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620 N. Harvey Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
(405) 235-3313

The Oklahoma City National Memorial exists because of events on April 19, 1995. A profound explosion pierced the Oklahoma City downtown air, and when the dust settled, the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, a United States Government complex, had been nearly destroyed. 168 people, 19 of them children, were killed. But the impact would be felt forever, and the shock could not be erased.  The outdoor memorial is sobering and powerful, and the inside museum is an in-depth journey into the horror of that day.

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Oklahoma History Center

Oklahoma History Center
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800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
(405) 522-5248

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.

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Oklahoma City Museum of Art

Oklahoma City Museum of Art
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415 Couch Drive
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
(405) 236-3100

Oklahoma City's premier art museum, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art is located in the heart of downtown. The museum moved into its current facility, the Donald W. Reynolds Visual Arts Center, in 2002 and has flourished. With the Noble Theatre, multiple education rooms, countless exhibits, cafe, and a resource center, the museum is truly an OKC treasure.

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Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History

Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History
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2401 Chautauqua Avenue
Norman, OK 73072
(405) 325-4712

Operated by the University of Oklahoma, the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History moved to a beautiful 195,000 square foot facility in May of 2000, welcoming its visitors to explore the cultural and natural history of this great state. The museum features 7 galleries, interactive displays, and fossils from Oklahoma and around the world. It boasts over 6 million items in twelve collection divisions and is one of the world's largest university-based natural history museums.

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Science Museum Oklahoma

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2100 NE 52nd
Oklahoma City, OK 73111
(405) 602-6664

Science Museum Oklahoma, formerly called the Omniplex, is one of OKC's premiere educational entertainment attractions. With hands-on exhibits, a planetarium, galleries and more, Science Museum Oklahoma offers a rare opportunity to experience amazing and interactive education.  Founded in 1962, the Omniplex moved into its current location in the Kirkpatrick Center museum complex in 1978 and changed its name to Science Museum Oklahoma in 2007.

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National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
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1700 NE 63rd St.
Norman, OK 73111
(405) 478-2250

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.

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Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art

555 Elm Avenue
Norman, OK 73019
(405) 325-3272

Located on the campus of the University of Oklahoma, the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art was founded in 1936 by art professor Oscar Jacobson. Numerous art gifts, particularly in the decade of the 2000s, as well as extensive renovations and expansions,  have transformed it into a premier facility, one of the best of its kind in the metro. It boasts over 12,000 objects in its permanent collections.

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Museum of Osteology

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10301 South Sunnylane Rd.
Oklahoma City, OK 73160
(405) 814-0006

It's off the beaten path, tucked away in a somewhat industrial area south of Tinker Air Force Base in southeast Oklahoma City, but the Museum of Osteology is well worth a visit. It's an exceedingly interesting glimpse at the skeletal system of common animals as well as rare species and creatures native to Oklahoma. The 7000 square foot facility features nearly 300 skulls and skeletons from all over the world.

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Oklahoma State Firefighters Museum

Oklahoma State Firefighters Museum
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2716 NE 50th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73111
(405) 424-1452

Operated by the Oklahoma State Firefighters Association, a more than 100-year-old organization, the Oklahoma State Firefighters Museum opened in 1969. With an aim of historical preservation, the museum houses antique fire equipment dating back the mid-1700's as well as the first fire station ever built in Oklahoma, back before statehood in 1869. The museum also includes a variety of other exhibits such as a fire department patch collection, the mural "The Last Alarm" and several artifacts from the Ben Franklin Collection representing the oldest fire department in the United States.

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45th Infantry Division Museum

45th Infantry Museum
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2145 NE 36th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73111
(405) 424-5313

Dedicated to collecting and preserving "Militaria relative to the military history of the State of Oklahoma," the 45th Infantry Division Museum features 27,000 square feet of exhibit space with weapons collections, art, and exhibits as well as a 15-acre park featuring tanks, artillery, personnel carriers and aircraft.

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Harn Homestead and 1889ers Museum

313 NE 16th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
(405) 235-4058

Constructed in 1904, the Harn Homestead occupies nearly 10 acres of land on NE 16th. Complete with furnishings from the pre-Oklahoma statehood period, the Harn Homestead and 1889ers Museum is one of the more intriguing museums in Oklahoma City. It features the original Victorian home, a one-room schoolhouse, a stone and cedar barn with an enclosed windmill and a working farm. In addition, the museum rents out the Homestead for weddings, reunions, parties, and events. There are extensive guided tours, programs, and events and the "Territorial Christmas" celebration in December.

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American Banjo Museum

American Banjo Museum
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9 E. Sheridan Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
(405) 604-2793

The only museum of its type, the American Banjo Museum is one of the newer and more unique attractions in Oklahoma City's dynamic Bricktown district. Formerly called the National Four-String Banjo Hall of Fame when it originally opened in Guthrie in 1998, just north of the metro, the museum moved into its new $5 million, 21,000 square-foot home in 2009. Featuring the world's largest collection of banjos on display in the world at over 300, the museum celebrates the rich history the instrument, from banjos developed by African slaves to the ornate banjos of the country's jazz era.

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National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum

2801 NE 50th Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73111
(405) 424-5266

Housed in the Amateur Softball Association/USA Softball area in Oklahoma City's Adventure District, the National Softball Hall of Fame is dedicated to the history of softball and its players. In addition to the museum, ASA Hall of Fame Stadium hosts some of the sports' biggest games, including the NCAA Women’s College World Series.

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