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“A must see” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Oklahoma History Center

Oklahoma History Center
800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive, Oklahoma City, OK 73105
405-522-0765
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Ranked #16 of 50 Attractions in Oklahoma City
Type: Educational Sites, Museums, Cultural
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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.
Phoenix, Arizona
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“A must see”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

This is by far the place to go for an educatioal outing. You will not get bored here. If your not interested in one rooms theme simply move to the next. I'm sure you will find something interesting and something you didn't know abut Oklahoma history. Also if you have a military ID, either active or retired you can get in free. Sorry, dependent ID's have to pay. I think it was only $7.00. Great price for all that is offered.

Visited October 2012
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Pauls Valley, Oklahoma
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“New Building, fresh layout, comprehnsive content.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012

From the 'Industrial Garden,' to the Aviation Atrium, This was designed as a showpiece. The individual galleries showcase historical aspects, while the time-line of Oklahoma History weaves throughout the displays.
Stuck in a plodding, uninteresting portion of history, it is more 'a la carte,' presentation, where you choose which galleries you what to dedicate the time to, and which you will pass by.
There are "in a nutshell" displays outside the galleries, almost as if it is a Manager's Special at a restaurant. (If you are fascinated with aviation, and astronauts, then there is a gallery for you...not so much? Then, there is a display of pioneer pilot Wiley Post's pressure suit heralding in the high altitude era...and some astronaut's info like Gordon Cooper. and Shannon Lucid.
The gift shop and snack bar are relevent and tasty.

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Bridge Creek
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“An Affordable, Local Family Educational Experience.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

My 18 year old son and I were looking for a quality outing before he went off to college. We spent hours here and loved every minute of it.

Visited August 2012
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Wing, Bucks
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“Far too interesting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

This is a museum that tells a story, from the life of the native peoples, through settlement to modern times. We spent much more time in the 4 gallleries of the centre than we anticipated because it was so interesting. Good café food as well.

Visited September 2012
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Colorado Springs, CO
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“Oklahoma @ the Movies is Excellent Exhibit!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

We had heard great things about the Oklahoma History Center Museum & we finally had the chance to go!

If you have been to as many history museums around the country as we have, you pretty much see the same things over & over....Indian artifacts, beadwork, pottery, etc. And this museum was no different. It was displayed very nicely. The staff was friendly. The exhibit halls were nicely arranged.

They also have a restaurant called the Winnie Mae Cafe named after the airplane that Oklahoman Wiley Post flew around the world in less than 8 days back in 1933! The airplane is hanging from the ceiling & in one hallway there is an aviation display.

What we truly loved about this museum was something we hadn't seen before....their special exhibit called Oklahoma @ the Movies! It highlights people from Oklahoma who went on to have a career in the movie industry from actors to filmmakers to artists to behind the scenes people! Fabulous!!!

The exhibit was creatively done. They had a movie reel hanging from the ceiling, paparazzi taking your picture, a real car you could sit in & watch a movie as if you were really at a drive in movie, a stage that put you on the TV screen.

There were lots of interactive, get involved areas for the kids too! A real hands on experience!!

I have 8 photos to share:

(1) Oklahoma @ the Movies sign

(2) movie reel hanging from ceiling

(3) Oklahoma stars like the Hollywood Stars in California

(4) Paparazzi taking your photo after you enter -with real lights flashing & camera shutter sounds!

(5) car you could sit in to watch drive-in movie that was playing

(6) cow hanging from ceiling for the movie Twister which was filmed in Wakita, OK

(7) Concept art drawn for Disney's Alice in Wonderland by Mary Blair from McAlester, OK

(8) Donald Duck was created to match the famous voice developed by Oklahoman Clarence Nash

Visited July 2012
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