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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Visit the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum

OKC National Memorial and Marathon Runners

After the bombing, a security fence was quickly erected around the perimeter of the bombsite. This fence became a de facto memorial of sorts, with mementos, cards, prayers, toys, stuffed animals and the like left by Oklahomans and visitors who wished to pay their respects to and remember those who were killed. From this temporary memorial and a task force created by then-Mayor Ron Norick came an outdoor memorial and a memorial museum.

The Outdoor Symbolic Memorial is on the site of the Murrah Building and “honors those who were killed, those who survived and those changed forever on April 19, 1995.” The Memorial Museum occupies part of the historic Journal Record building, which was adjacent to the Murrah Building and heavily damaged in the attack. The museum allows a self-guided tour and features interactive displays, artifacts and video to tell the story of what happened that day.

The Outdoor Symbolic Memorial is “a place of quiet reflection” and consists of a reflecting pool and 168 empty chairs, one representing each victim, in addition to many other symbolic elements, including the famous “Survivor Tree.” It is free to visit. The Museum, 620 N. Harvey Ave., is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., and Sunday from 12 to 6 p.m. The average Museum visit is about an hour and a half (note that the Museum is also closed on Easter). Get more details on visiting.

museums, OKC National Memorial
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Oklahoma Science Museum

Science Museum Oklahoma

Complete and utter darkness. Darkness so strong you can’t even see your own hand in front of you. Until you notice a faint glow above your head—the faint, familiar glow of stars. Slowly, the glowing becomes strong enough that the darkness isn’t all that dark anymore. In fact, it looks almost inviting. Now there’s millions of small glowing specks in the sky and no city lights to distract you from them. Just you and a beautiful glittered sky. You hold your gaze, totally fixed on this breathtaking sight. And then a voice—a loud, seemingly omnipresent voice—reminds you that “We’re looking at the view from the middle of the Atlantic Ocean in late October of last year.”

Oh, right, of course. You got so hung up on the beauty of it all that you forgot—you were in a planetarium all along!

Such were the beginnings of Oklahoma’s illustrious Science Museum (which some of us older Okies might still mistakenly call by its former name - The Omniplex - from time to time). Originally a humble planetarium, the Oklahoma Science Museum has grown to be Oklahoma’s largest (and most fun!) testament to the joys of science of all kinds: geology, biology, seismology, if it ends with -ology, it has a presence there! With more than 350,000 square feet of pure hands-on science fun, it’s easy to see why the Science Museum is considered to be one of Oklahoma’s best and most creative museums.

If you think the museum is just for kids you would be wrong. On April 26, the museum is hosting an adults only night called SMO21: Cirque Nocturne. The museum is also taking registrations for their summer camps.

Adventure District, family-friendly, museums
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

History comes to life

45th Infantry Division Museum

The 45th Infantry Division, also known as the Thunderbirds, has a long and storied history and the 45th Infantry Division Museum is a place where history comes alive.

Following World War I, the National Defense Act of 1920 created the authority to form the 45th Infantry Division from the four states of Oklahoma, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico. The division was organized in 1923, and Oklahoma members camped together for the first time at Fort Sill, Okla., in 1924.

The Thunderbirds trained at Fort Sill; Camp Barkeley, Texas; Fort Devens, Mass.; Pine Camp, N.Y.; and Camp Pickett, Va. They had trained hard for their part in World War II, and on July 10, 1943 the division participated in their first of four amphibious landings. In all the division served 511 days in combat; fighting their way across Sicily, other parts of Italy, France and Germany. The National Guard Division of the southwest became highly regarded by both regular army forces and the enemy for their valiant efforts and fighting abilities.

The 45th Infantry Division served with General George S. Patton’s U.S. 7th Army during the Sicilian campaign, and when the fighting was done, the commander said about the division, “Your division is one of the best, if not the best division in the history of American arms.”

The 45th continues to serve today, with various elements regularly deployed overseas.

The museum features numerous artifacts from the unit’s earliest days, a collection of Bill Mauldin cartoons, and also features a 15 acre park with tanks, artillery, personnel carriers, aircraft and the Thunderbird Monument. The monument pays tribute to the men and women who served with the 45th during WWII and the Korean conflict, as well as those who continue to serve in Oklahoma’s National Guard.

military, museums
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Arts central

Art Gallery

The arts scene in Oklahoma City is healthy, flourishing and full of surprises. You can’t go wrong with the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, which houses several great pieces of work in its permanent collection (perhaps most well-known among them being a dazzling collection of Dale Chihuly glass works) as well as countless traveling exhibitions that have attracted visitors from states away. The Paseo District is home to countless local artists and their galleries—in fact, there’s a yearly Arts Festival at Paseo that’s happening at the end of May. The art on display at the 21c Museum Hotel is popular, too, as is at Oklahoma Contemporary (and we can't wait for their new facility to open). The most recent addition to OKC’s booming arts scene is Factory Obscura, a “contemporary arts juggernaut” that specializes in art experiences like its newest one, Mix Tape. And between visits to these, locals can see countless murals sprinkled generously throughout the metro. We hope you like art as much as we do!

arts and culture, family-friendly, festivals, museums, Paseo District
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Oklahoma Cityís presidential piece of colonial history

George Washington painting

Ever wondered why President’s Day always happens when it does? It’s because it’s meant to fall around the birthday of our country’s first President, George Washington. Oklahoma City may be known for many things, but because we’re the 46th state, an abundance of colonial history isn’t one of them. Yet despite this, in the heart of the downtown area, on the third floor of the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, visitors can find themselves face-to-face with Washington from a time before his Presidency.

Read the full story on VeloCityOKC.

arts and culture, history, holiday, museums
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West

Ansel Adams

Beginning at the age of 14 in 1916, Ansel Adams begin his career as a photographer. Over the course of his life he took more than 40,000 photos, mainly involving nature, and influenced generations of photographers with his work.

Starting Feb. 1 and running through May, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art will be hosting the Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West exhibit that celebrates the work of Adams and other photographers who captured the beauty of the American West.

arts and culture, museums
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Free in OKC

In Oklahoma City you don’t have to have a big pocketbook to have a great time. In fact, there are many great activities you can do for the low, low price of free. That’s right, from museum admission, to water taxi rides and even story time in the park, the fall offers some great events for free. Check out the video for more.

holiday, museums, Visit OKC, attractions, free
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Celebrating history

45th Infantry Division Museum

The 45th Infantry Museum is dedicated to telling the story of the “Thunderbirds” of the 45th Infantry Division. This group of was formed during the National Defense Act of 1920 and spent their first years maintaining order in times of disaster and political unrest. Before deploying during World War II, the Thunderbirds trained at five bases, including Fort Sill in Oklahoma. They participated in four amphibious landings and saw 511 days in combat, and were described as “one of the best, if not the best division in the history of American arms” by General George S. Patton.

The Thunderbirds continued to serve after WWII until January 1969, and their legacy lives on today at the museum honoring the accomplishments of the division. Admission is free to this 27,000-square-foot attraction. Exhibits include Reaves Military Weapons Collection, which features firearms and related artifacts dating as far back as the Revolutionary War. Thunderbird Park also features tanks, artillery and aircraft onsite. 

If the history of America’s military aviation is more to your liking, then visit the Charles B. Hall Air Park near Tinker Air Force Base on Interstate 40 East. The park is rich in the history of Tinker Air Force Base and in the aircraft that have been part of Tinker’s operations for more than seven decades.

You can also head out to the 99s Museum of Women Pilots to learn more about the history of women in aviation, including an exhibit on female military pilots. Read more about the 99s Museum here.

history, military, museums, parks, Tinker, aviation, free
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Art galore

When you have as many gorgeous murals as OKC, it’s not totally untrue to say that the entire city is like an art gallery. But for the visitor or resident who prefers a more indoor art experience, or wants a more curated art experience, OKC has plenty of galleries and museums to quench your thirst. As always, this isn’t an exhaustive list, so let us know if you don’t see your favorite(s) on here!

21c Hotel
[Artspace] at Untitled
OKCMOA
The Womb
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
JRB Art at the Elms
Exhibit C
Red Earth Art Center
Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art
Oklahoma Contemporary

arts and culture, museums
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Hands on history

Overholser Mansion

There is perhaps no experience quite as fulfilling as holding a 400-year-old object in your hand, or being in a place where a landmark event once happened. Such are the joys of history, many of which can be found right here in OKC.

For the aspiring historians out there we’ve compiled a list of some of the more historic spots across Oklahoma City that you might be especially interested in visiting. As always, this isn’t a comprehensive list, so if you think we missed a really good location, please let us know!

Centennial Land Run Monument
Henry Overholser Mansion
National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum
Oklahoma State Capitol Building
Oklahoma History Center
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum
Red Earth Art Center
Science Museum Oklahoma
American Banjo Museum  
International Gymnastics Hall of Fame
Harn Homestead
Museum of Osteology
Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art
Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame
Oklahoma Railway Museum
Oklahoma Hall of Fame

museums, Oklahoma City history, western heritage, family-friendly, history
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

OKCMOA

Chihuly Glass

Among local favorite museums is the Oklahoma City Museum of Art (OKCMOA). The largest art museum in the entire state, the OKCMOA boasts a permanent collection of countless pieces of art (including an especially massive collection of Dale Chihuly glass that’ll make you feel like you’re walking through a Dr. Seuss book), a film program with its own theater, and is constantly getting the best of the best in traveling exhibitions (Matisse, Rembrandt, Picasso, Rubens, Fabergé—those are just some of the famous artists whose work has only recently been viewed at the museum!). The modern art connoisseur who wants to feel inspired, the art history enthusiast who wants to admire some classics, the film buff on the prowl for their new favorite movie, and even families looking for Downtown activities that everyone can enjoy will all find something incredible at the OKCMOA.

arts and culture, family-friendly, film, museums
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

The Code of the West

Gunfight at the O.K. Corrall poster

Later this month, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum will launch The Code of the West- Western Movie Matinees film series. The series will run every Wednesday from Aug. 29 – Sept. 19 at 1 p.m.

The aim of the series is to teach a new generation the code of the west through cinema. Films that will be featured are The Westerner, Wagon Master, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral and 3:10 to Yuma. Admission is free courtesy of Oklahoma Ford Dealers.

film, free, movies, museums
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Science Museum

Science Museum OK

Complete and utter darkness. Darkness so strong you can’t even see your own hand in front of you. Until you notice a faint glow above your head—the faint, familiar glow of stars. Slowly, the glowing becomes strong enough that the darkness isn’t all that dark anymore. In fact, it looks almost inviting. Now there’s millions of small glowing specks in the sky and no city lights to distract you from them. Just you and a beautiful glittered sky. You hold your gaze, totally fixed to this breathtaking sight. And then a voice—a loud, seemingly omnipresent voice—reminds you that “We’re looking at the view from the middle of the Atlantic Ocean in late October of last year.”

Oh, right, of course. You got so hung up on the beauty of it all that you forgot—you were in a planetarium all along!

Such were the beginnings of Oklahoma’s illustrious Science Museum (which some of us older Okies might still mistakenly call by its former name The Omniplex from time to time). Originally a humble planetarium, the Oklahoma Science Museum has grown to be Oklahoma’s largest (and most fun!) testament to the joys of science of all kinds: geology, biology, seismology, if it ends with -ology, it has a presence there! With more than 350,000 square feet of pure hands-on science fun, it’s easy to see why the Science Museum is considered to be one of Oklahoma’s best and most creative museums.

Adventure District, attractions, family-friendly, museums
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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The American Pigeon Museum and Library

Pigeon

Throughout mankind’s history, one hero has always been there. Watching over us, guiding us, inspiring us and helping us when nobody else could. I’m talking, of course, about the most underrated species in all of recorded history: the pigeon.

I know that may sound a bit exaggerated, but think about it for a moment! Some of the most landmark events in human history would’ve gone much differently (and much slower) if not for the bravery and intellect of the carrier pigeon. Some carrier pigeons were even made decorated war vets because of it! Does the sheer thought—the awe-inspiring mental image—of these beautiful warriors have your full attention now? It should.

Enter The American Pigeon Museum and Library: The first and only museum dedicated to the mighty pigeon in the entire country. Visitors can peruse the illustrious history of the great carrier pigeon, learn about pigeon breeding, look at awards/records from pigeon racing, or enjoy some lovely art portraying the noble pigeon! Depending on the time of day you visit, you might be able to see some rare pigeons too: pigeons with more feathers than you ever dreamed a pigeon could have, pigeons with extraordinarily long legs, colorful pigeons who look more like aviary royalty, and more. And, if you’re interested in learning more about the fascinating history of the pigeon, there’s a library attached to the museum that has more pigeon-related records, documents, references and literature than you could ever imagine.  

attractions, family-friendly, museums
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

End of the Trail statue

Just the word “Oklahoma” will generally evoke one of two (maybe both?) images:

Thunder

The Wild West

And although we love the Thunder, today we’re here to talk about the latter: The Wild West. With the exception of Thunder, Oklahoma’s known for, above all else, its rich Wild Western history. This incredible history is preserved for all to see in OKC’s National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.

Featuring galleries full of Native American and Western attire, firearms, artifacts and even movie props, it’s easy to see why the Cowboy Museum is considered to be one of OKC’s most unique (and quintessentially Oklahoman) attractions. Visitors flock to the museum from all corners of the country looking for their dream Wild Western learning experience and who can blame them? It’s only the most extensive collection of Western art, history and memorabilia (more than 28,000 pieces!) in the world.

arts and culture, museums, western heritage
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Prix De West

National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum art

The Prix De West is a fan favorite event at the Cowboy Museum. Happening every summer for the past 46 years, The Prix De West is a “prestigious invitational art exhibit of more than 300 Western paintings and sculpture by the finest contemporary Western artists in the nation with art seminars, receptions and awards.”

Basically, it’s an incredibly captivating Western art exhibition with pieces that are simply the best of the best. Artists and lay-people alike come from all across the country every year to marvel at the incredible works of art featured in Prix De West. This year it’ll be in the Museum through Aug. 5. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to witness the absolute cream of the crop in Western art.

arts and culture, museums, western heritage
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Celebrating our Native American culture

Red Earth Museum

There’s no better place to appreciate Oklahoma City’s significant Native American culture than the Red Earth Museum. Located downtown, the Red Earth Museum features a permanent collection of more than 1,000 Native American art items of all types, from pottery, beadwork and basketry to fine arts and textiles. Educational programs based on the museum’s exhibits, workshops and demonstrations are also available throughout the year.

Its “mission is to promote the rich traditions of American Indian arts and cultures through education, a premier festival, a museum and fine art markets,” and is definitely worth checking out the next time you’re downtown.

museums, native american, western heritage
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Donít strike out and miss the NCAA Softball Championships

ASA Hall of Fame Stadium

One of Oklahoma City’s favorite ways to celebrate the start of summer is at the NCAA Women’s College World Series (WCWS) hosted in Oklahoma City. The 2018 WCWS will take place May 31 – June 6 at USA Hall of Fame Stadium in the Adventure District. Get tickets to the games.

This year the hometown Oklahoma Sooners will be gunning for their third-straight NCAA Championship bit will face a tough field including Oregon, Washington, Arizona State, Florida State, Georgia, UCLA and Florida.

During the tournament, those eight teams will be cheered on by around 70,000 spectators. Since 2010, the ASA Hall of Fame complex has welcomed record-setting crowds for the event, and the venue is scheduled as the home of WCWS until at least 2035. The complex is home to four fields and a variety of fan and athlete amenities. While you are cheering on your team of choice, be sure to visit the USA National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum, a shrine to the growing game of softball and the athletes who have taken the sport to new heights.

Adventure District, college, live sporting events, museums
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Circle the wagons

Chuck Wagon Festival

Oklahoma’s connection to the days of wagon trains and cattle drives is undeniable and there’s no better place to relive that part of Oklahoma’s past than the annual Chuck Wagon Festival at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. From May 26-27, you can experience a fun-filled weekend of chuck wagon food samples, a petting zoo, artisan demonstrations, live music, Western Reenactors, square dancing and more.

Each day of the festival, you can also enter your child for a chance to become the Sheriff for the Day. One lucky winner will patrol the event as sheriff with their own cowboy hat, badge and stick horse. So giddy up, partner. This event is not to be missed!

family-friendly, festivals, museums, western heritage
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Must-visit destinations

Pops on Route 66

“I had no idea!” If we had a nickel for every time we heard that phrase from a first-time visitor to the 4-0-5, we would be able to pay Russ’ contract. Visitors are always surprised about the metro’s combination of art, history, entertainment, food and nightlife and more. Here are some must-visit places in America’s best-kept secret in tourism (in our biased opinions):

Route 66
Oklahoma contains more of the historic Route 66 than any other state. While you journey across this iconic route, you’re welcome to make a quick stop for the Route 66 Museum, Totem Pole Park, the Blue Whale of Catoosa, and no trek through Route 66 is complete without a stop (and a soda) at POPS!

The Oklahoma City National Memorial
April 19, 1995 changed our city and country forever. Today, a one-of-a-kind memorial and  museum about that tragic morning stand atop the bombing site. The reflecting pond and empty chairs that represent the lives lost on that fateful morning are deeply ingrained into the hearts and minds of all who see it.

The OKCMOA
The Oklahoma City Museum of Art is the largest art museum in Oklahoma. It features a wide array of art, including (but not limited to) sizable galleries full of European art, American art, contemporary art, and an iconic collection of Dale Chihuly’s glasswork. There’s also an exhibition gallery space that features new and wildly popular exhibitions every few months. The Museum also has its own movie theater, where it hosts special screenings and events almost every day.

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden
The Oklahoma City Zoo is considered a staple for both locals’ “let’s make a regular visit” lists and Oklahoma City’s visitor economy. With nearly 2,000 animals, aquatic life, reptiles, insects and plants the public can admire, it’s a very popular attraction for all ages.

National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum
There is perhaps nothing more inherently Oklahoman than images of the Wild West. The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum is dedicated to preserving the history of American Indians and cowboys that lived in Oklahoma throughout history with art, firearms, outfits and more.

Oklahoma History Center
Oklahoma’s rich history is preserved for all generations to see at the Oklahoma History Center. Featuring a vast collection of items tied to Oklahoma’s early history, the Oklahoma History Center isn’t a stop you want to overlook.

Stockyards City
For the quintessential Oklahoma cowboy experience, Stockyards City is a must see. Stockyards City is the largest feeder and cattle market in the world, which features architecture and shops designed to give you an authentic ranch experience. It’s also home of Oklahoma’s most famous restaurant, Cattlemen’s Steakhouse, which has been featured on Food Network’s Man vs Food and Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

Science Museum Oklahoma
With more than 350,000 square feet chock-full of hands-on science and experimentation, the Science Museum of Oklahoma is another one of the most popular and beloved tourist attractions Oklahoma City has to offer.

day-trip, family-friendly, history, museums, OKC National Memorial, Route 66, Stockyards, western heritage, zoo, Adventure District, arts and culture
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon

OKC Memorial Marathon

Each year since 2001, thousands of runners have gathered in downtown Oklahoma City to take part in the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. The “Run to Remember,” which begins and ends near the OKC National Memorial, has grown since its inception, now drawing more than 25,000 runners from across the U.S. as well as Japan, China, Germany and the UK. The event has even been labeled one of the "12 Must Run Marathons" by Runner's World magazine.

From the 168 seconds of silence before the race begins to the green banners carefully hung throughout the course, which pays tribute to the victims, the race is certainly not one to miss. It is a reminder of the hope, perseverance and pride in our community that grows stronger each day.

Get involved with the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon on April 29, whether you want to support a runner, volunteer or run races of several different lengths – a full or half marathon, a relay, a 5k and even a kids marathon completed with a 1.2-mile kids fun run -- as part of the day’s festivities. The full marathon is a Boston-qualifying, USA Track and Field (USATF)-sanctioned event.

Register to run or sign up to donate or form a team to raise money for the Memorial’s mission. A separate web page is for those who want to volunteer.

If you would like to cheer on the runners, some of our favorite places include:

  • Starting line
  • Bricktown
  • State Capitol Complex
  • Edgemere Park
  • Crown Heights
  • Nichols Hills
  • Classen Boulevard
  • 18th and Classen
  • Finish line

The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum is the sole beneficiary of Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon event proceeds. This is the Memorial’s largest fundraiser. To learn more about the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, click here.

museums, running
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Why we run

OKC National Memorial

More than two decades ago our community was forever changed and an unbreakable bond was forged among all Oklahomans. On that April day, 168 Oklahomans died when the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building was bombed, in what was then the worst terrorist act on American soil. Hundreds more were wounded and more than 12,000 volunteers and rescue workers participated in rescue efforts, recovery and support.

Out of that act, the grief and the many acts of kindness from around the world that followed the bombing came the Oklahoma City National Memorial. The Outdoor Symbolic Memorial is a beautiful and serene park that rests between two gates etched with the minute before – 9:01 a.m. – and the minute after the attack – 9:03 a.m. In between the golden-hued gates are representations of what happened at 9:02, the minute the bomb went off – 168 chairs with each victim’s name, a reflecting pool and the Survivor Tree, an American elm that miraculously survived the blast and is still growing strong.

While you’re visiting, don’t miss the chance to tour the Memorial Museum. If you haven’t ever experienced the museum, or it’s been a while since you have, we can promise it’s something you won’t soon forget. Renovated with new interactive exhibits just last year, including ‘Investigation and Justice, survivor experiences and “Gallery of Honor” provide visitors a true sense of the magnitude of that fateful day and the search for justice that followed.

There’s even an app containing video and audio tours for the Outdoor Symbolic Memorial and Memorial Museum. Search OKCNM in the Apple App Store and in Google Play. Tickets for the museum are $15 for adults; $12 for seniors, military personnel and students ages 6-17; and free for children ages 5 and younger.

museums, Oklahoma City history
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Bricktown: fun for all ages

Bricktown Nightlife

Adjacent to downtown Oklahoma City is one of the most well-known entertainment districts in the Southwest – Bricktown. With its large concentration of high-energy night clubs, casual lounges and list of restaurants covering a multitude of culinary cultures, Bricktown has something for every taste. And, when you factor in its picturesque setting, which embraces a mile-long canal lined with eateries, clubs, a movie theater, a bowling lounge, the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark and beautifully landscaped gardens and public art, you'll discover something the whole family can enjoy! Vibrant melodies can be heard coming from the American Banjo Museum and the Academy of Contemporary Music. You can also see some of the hottest acts in music at the Criterion. Take a Bricktown Water Taxi cruise along the canal and discover the history of this energetic district. And while the weather is warm, be sure to hail a pedicab or one of several horse-drawn carriages that can be seen ferrying customers all over Bricktown. It's the perfect place for you to choose your own adventure.

restaurants, Bricktown, family-friendly, live music, museums, nightlife
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Free in OKC

45th Infantry Division Museum

Here at Better Life HQ, we love to brag about Oklahoma City’s low cost of living. When your dollar stretches just a little bit further it is much easier to stop to smell the roses (or buy Thunder tickets). However, that doesn’t mean we are opposed to saving a few bucks when we can. The good news is that in OKC there is plenty to do for the low, low price of free. Below are some of our favorite things to do for free in OKC:

  • Horse Shows at State Fair Park Arena
    Oklahoma City is home to more national and international equine championship events than any other city in the world and most don’t charge admission. You have the chance to experience two very different shows in October, with the Grand National Morgan Horse Show and the US Team Roping Championships.
  • The 45th Infantry Division Museum
    Dedicated to the military history of Oklahoma and the 45th Infantry Division, this museum is a must for any history buff. It includes the country’s third-largest collection of historic U.S. military firearms and the world’s largest collection of items once owned by Adolf Hitler. Donations are accepted and appreciated.
  • Oklahoma City Outdoor Symbolic Memorial
    The memorial honors the victims, survivors, rescuers and all who were changed forever by the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.

Need more free in OKC ideas? Check out more from our partners at the OKC CVB.

horse show, museums, State Fair Park, cost of living, free
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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Adventure District

Adventure District

If there is one thing you can say about the Adventure District, it is that it lives up to its name and then some.

The Oklahoma City Zoo is one of the crown jewels of the city and features more than 1,800 animals spread over 119 acres. We recommend the Great escAPE (get it) exhibit where you can watch gorillas, orangutans and chimpanzees monkey around. The newest addition to the Zoo is a baby gorilla born on Dec. 13. The baby is a girl and her name will be revealed soon.  

Next door to the Zoo is Science Museum Oklahoma which has been entertaining and teaching generations of kids about science since the late 50s. The museum is home to a must-see Science Live performance and a planetarium. On Feb. 9, the museum is launching its first-ever Late Nite Lab.

Nearby is the world-renowned National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum where you can find exhibits on cowboy heritage and one of the largest collections of western art in the known galaxy. 

There is also fun to be had for sports fans at the ASA National Softball Hall of Fame & Museum. Not just a place for history, the Museum welcomes thousands each year for the annual Women’s College World Series.

Last, but not least, if you need a break from the kids head over to Remington Park Racing & Casino which is not only the region’s top race track, but the city’s only casino.

You can read more about the Adventure district here.

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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

And the Oscar goes to

Tower Theatre in Uptown 23rd

In our humble opinion, one of the coolest things about the renovation of the historic Tower Theatre is how the building’s history as a film house has been kept front and center. If you didn’t know, the Tower Theatre originally opened in 1937, and served as the premier movie house in Oklahoma City for almost 40 years. While the renovation of the historic theatre has mainly focused on the facility as a live music venue, you can also catch some of your favorite films there as well. “Home Alone”, “This is Spinal Tap”, “Christmas Vacation” and “Shawshank Redemption” are just a handful of the movies playing between now and the end of the year. The Tower even offers a full bar for movie showings. Check out their schedule to see when your favorite movie is playing.

The Tower Theatre is far from the only unique place to see a movie in Oklahoma City. On the third Friday of each month, the 21c Museum Hotel features a movie screening as part of their Filmography series, a partnership with deadCenter Film and OKC Film Society. These screenings are absolutely free.

Finally, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art has been the metro’s art house cinema for years. Their film program mainly focuses on independent cinema but occasionally sprinkles in films such as “Die Hard” for special holiday screenings. They even offer special ticket packages that include dinner at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art Cafe.

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Red Earth Treefest

Seminole Tree Photo Provided By Red Earth Museum

[Photo provided by Red Earth Museum]

You’ve heard us talk about the history and heritage of OKC. Why not explore some of our rich heritage and maybe start a new tradition with your own family this holiday season? There’s no better place to get in the holiday spirit than in OKC.

Explore Oklahoma’s Native American culture at the Red Earth Treefest. Your family is sure to be amazed at 25 Christmas trees adorned with handmade ornaments from Oklahoma tribes including the Cheyenne and Arapaho, Chickasaw, Citizen Potawatomi, Comanche and Osage nations, each showcasing the distinctive and diverse cultures of the Native nations and tribes that call our great state home. This year’s exhibition will run through Jan. 5 at the Red Earth Museum and Art Center and is completely free. That means you don’t have a single excuse to miss it.

 

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

The Art of Oklahoma

OKC MOA

In celebration of the 110th anniversary of Oklahoma statehood, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art recently debuted their Art of Oklahoma exhibit. Open through August of 2018, the exhibit honors art either created by Oklahomans or the cities and landscapes they call home. The exhibit features art from John Steuart Curry, Oscar Brousse Jacobson and more.

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Celebrating those who served

45th Invantry Division Museum

As we’ve talked about before, Oklahoma City’s ties to the military run deep. This weekend is Veterans Day, and events across Oklahoma City will give you plenty of opportunities to celebrate America’s armed forces and honor those who have served.

  • The annual Veterans Day service at the 45th Infantry Division Museum will take place at 10 a.m. on Nov. 11. Pay tribute to the men and women of the military at this patriotic ceremony, which includes a helicopter flyover, massing of the colors and guest speakers. More information.
  • Midwest City will hold their annual Veterans Day Parade on Friday, Nov. 10 at 10 a.m. The parade begins at Century Boulevard and Southeast 15th Street. More information.
  • On Nov. 11, the Oklahoma City Zoo will offer free entry to all active duty, active reserve and retirees of the military. More information.

If you know of any events we didn’t mention, please include them in the comments or give us a shout on Facebook or Twitter.

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Oklahoma City and the military

USS Oklahoma

Veterans Day may only occupy one day on the calendar, but in Oklahoma City you can learn about this community’s military history year round.

Did you know there have been two different USS Oklahoma City ships? There is currently a submarine christened the USS Oklahoma City that served in the Persian Gulf. There was also a light cruiser named the USS Oklahoma City with an interesting history that served in World War II and the Vietnam War.

Want to experience a more hands-on history of the military? Visit the 45th Infantry Museum, which is dedicated to telling the story of the “Thunderbirds” of the 45th Infantry Division. This group of was formed during the National Defense Act of 1920 and spent their first years maintaining order in times of disaster and political unrest. Before deploying during World War II, the Thunderbirds trained at five bases, including Fort Sill in Oklahoma. They participated in four amphibious landings and saw 511 days in combat, and were described as “one of the best, if not the best division in the history of American arms” by General George S. Patton.

The Thunderbirds continued to serve after WWII until January 1969, and their legacy lives on today at the museum honoring the accomplishments of the division. Admission is free to this 27,000-square-foot attraction.

If the history of America’s military aviation is more to your liking, then visit the Charles B. Hall Air Park near Tinker Air Force Base on Interstate 40 East. The park is rich in the history of Tinker Air Force Base and in the aircraft that have been part of Tinker’s operations for more than seven decades.

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