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Oklahoma History Center

800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive, Oklahoma City, OK 73105
405-522-0765
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Ranked #15 of 62 attractions in Oklahoma City
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Educational Sites, Museums
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... more » 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. « less
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Cleveland, Texas
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31 reviews 31 reviews
25 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

This wasn't what I expected...it was better!! Lots of information and fun facts about the OKC area. The movie section was my favorite part. Kids will love this museum because there's a lot of hands on history for them to do. Great for everyone

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

This is a neat place to take out of stat visitors to share our history in Oklahoma. The displays are exciting to the kids young and old!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

This museum was overwhelming. The curators packed every cubic inch with artifacts and information, with a smattering of interactive displays to round the experience out. This is the place to bring anyone who thinks Oklahoma is boring, because the entire purpose of this museum is to point out how awesome Oklahoma is by pointing out specific individuals, groups, events, etc.... More

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Austin, Texas
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115 reviews 115 reviews
32 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

My parents and I visited while I was in town and it was a first class experience. Extremely interactive, with lots of actors in historical dress (on small flat screens) explaining describing the exhibits or time periods. Yes, there is plenty of reading to be done or you can watch the aforementioned videos they've put together on various topics. Push... More

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OKLAHOMA CITY
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

The History Center is a top notch museum with an affiliation with the Smithsonian. Large exhibits change and are always interesting. They have historical impersonators who speak and dress as if they are Ben Franklin, Mrs. George Washington, Abe Lincoln, etc. These programs are in the evenings to those who work can enjoy the history lesson. They have an impressive... More

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Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
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56 reviews 56 reviews
26 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

We arrived later than expected, and rushed through the museum two hours before closing. We would second the observation by an earlier poster, the exhibits tend to run into each other which had us backtracking quite a bit. Exhibits covered Oklahoma military history, various Native American tribes, all-black towns, the Civil Rights Movement in Oklahoma, 1950's kitchen, black dresses, Oklahoma... More

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Rocklin, California, Usa
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

We might not be museum kinda people lots of reading but I did enjoy certain parts and learned things about oklahoma. It's a nice museum liked the audio portion wish the girl at the front desk would have told us about it up front it wasn't till my hubby went to the bathroom that I seen it and asked. Would... More

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

I really enjoy going to the Oklahoma History Center. The first few times were for events like weddings, Hall of Fame installations, etc., but the last trip I got to look around. I was very impressed and highly recommend you going if you are near the Oklahoma State Capitol.

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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63 reviews 63 reviews
25 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

New display on the Oil and Gas Industry opend February 11. On the negatives, this museum has several very nice pieces of historic equipment parked outdoors in the sun, wind and weather rotting away. Why spend the dough on having them totally restored to park them in the boiling hot sun... If you can't put them in a shed, don't... More

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Nashville, Tennessee
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

We visited during a weekend trip to OKC. It's a pretty good state museum with several large, interactive exhibits. The only negative (for us) is that the exhibits aren't very...linear? Is that the word? They're sort of all over the place. It would be hard to rush through the museum and feel like you learned a lot. Fortunately, we had... More

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