It’s no secret that Oklahoma City’s history has deep Western roots, and there is no better place to get a better historical understanding of the culture that helped drive the development of this area than the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Since 1955, the museum has collected and displayed Western art and artifacts to help preserve the legacy of the American West.
With multiple exhibits, art and sculpture galleries, the 17-foot-tall “End of the Trail” sculpture by James Earle Fraser and a replica of a Western town called Prosperity Junction, it’s easy to see why the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is considered to be one of OKC’s most unique attractions. The museum’s permanent galleries and rotating exhibitions make it easy to learn more about cowboy culture and gear, Native American history, Western performers, settling the frontier and more.
In addition to Prix de West, the museum hosts several fun annual events, including its chuck wagon festival (held in May every year), which offers a family friendly way to introduce kids and adults alike to what life was like on the frontier. The museum also hosts a variety of ongoing events sure to please all ages—everything from movie nights and happy hours to guided tours and day camps. (Fans of John Wayne should be sure to check out the museum’s showing of “McLintock” on July 25.) For more details on all the museum’s upcoming activities, check out their event calendar.