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“Nice museum - but there’s a lot of information here!”

Oklahoma History Center
Ranked #14 of 155 things to do in Oklahoma City
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Bring the past alive at the Oklahoma History Center, Oklahoma’s state museum of history. At the Oklahoma History Center discover the people and stories that truly make Oklahoma unique. From oil and gas to aviation; from the Dust Bowl to space exploration; from tornadoes to the Land Run; from Native American Indians to Route 66, there’s a story of triumph and tragedy, hope and heartache, famous and infamous around every corner.The Oklahoma History Center is a testament to the indomitable spirit that built Oklahoma. With four permanent galleries and a special exhibits hall, guests will explore the more than 200 hands-on interactives and 50 subjects that tell the stories of Oklahoma and its people. We truly have something for everyone, with special events that appeal to all ages. From Civil War Day to Rockabilly concerts, there is always something going on!After visiting our galleries, enjoy lunch at the Winnie Mae Café located on the third floor. Be sure to visit our gift shop, stocked with items from local artists, educational games, souvenirs and much more, it is the perfect place to shop for your Oklahoma fix.Conveniently located in the Capital Complex, the Oklahoma History Center is adjacent to the State Capital and the Governor’s Mansion, both within easy driving or walking distance. The History Center is conveniently located off of I-35 and I-40, with easy passenger pick, drop-off and free motor coach parking.
Reviewed 1 February 2018

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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Reviewed 30 January 2018 via mobile

Beautiful building with many exhibits. On display is a Huey helicopter and another aircraft. The native Americans exhibit was very informative with multimedia presentations.the oil and gas exhibit was very good. A nice cafe has a variety menu

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Reviewed 19 January 2018 via mobile

We went here during the week to celebrate our 10 year anniversary together. We practically had the whole place to ourselves. I’ve lived in Oklahoma my entire life and have never visited this museum. Can’t believe how much I was missing out on. There are so many interactive, hands on exhibits. There are videos and displays that are both educational and fun. This would be a great place to take children. There are many hands-on displays that allow children to dress up and play while they learn. There were so many different areas of history from war to native Americans, aviation to farming, music to medicine, business to sports and many more. There were exhibits on the first and third floors and we spent over an hour in the first room we visited. We stayed until the place closed at 5pm and unfortunately were unable to spend as much time as we would have liked looking at all of the different displays but we tried to at least make it into all of the rooms. We will definitely have to go back. We sat in an airplane and took a “flight” to Tulsa and sat in a car to learn about the history of Sonic drive ins. We sat at the controls of an oil rig and even piloted a helicopter! This place has something for people of all ages. I would definitely recommend spending the day here with your whole family!

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Reviewed 6 January 2018 via mobile

Oklahoma has a very interesting history, with interesting lessons for all of us. However, this museum did not fulfill its potential. Major events such as the Trial of Tears, the Land Rush, the Dust Bowl, the Murrah Building Bombing are, in my opinion, given inadequate coverage. It is does not cover its subject matter remotely as well as the New Mexico and Colorado state museums, for example.

Thank PenangFolk
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Reviewed 3 January 2018

The Oklahoma History Center had a handful of very distinct and interesting collections. Visitors get a great look at pieces from Oklahoma's past.

Thank George N
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