I’m adding this to the list of museums and places I enjoy and want to go back to in Oklahoma City. It’s a well-displayed and interesting museum, and my only major complaint is information overload - there’s just too much here to take in at one time! It’s located in an impressive building near the capital. A favorite and common photo here is of the airplane hanging in the rotunda with the capital visible through the window behind it. When we were here, there were four galleries open. A fifth was undergoing renovations and was expected to reopen in March 2018. Our favorite was the gallery about Native Americans. It included some nice artifacts, but tried to cover way too much ground from pre-European contact, all the way to current Indian relations in the state. Also on the ground floor was an exhibit about commerce in Oklahoma. It included looks at Sonic Drive In, TG&Y, Braniff Airlines, and other businesses which started here, including several well-known entertainers. Around the corner is a small gallery about the war in Vietnam, which includes a helicopter simulator, and stories of both American soldiers from Oklahoma and Vietnamese folks who settled in the state. Upstairs is the Kerr McGee Gallery, which covers several subjects, including the Steamboat Heroine, African Americans, the Military, the Civil War, and Oil & Gas. Also on the upper floor is the Winnie Mae Cafe, which we didn’t eat at, but it looked like it had interesting choices and decent prices. I look forward to coming back sometime after the fifth area, the Sam Noble Gallery, reopens with information about the Great Land Rush and various aspects of everyday life in the state.
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