National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
4.5
Speciality MuseumsArt MuseumsHistory Museums
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is America’s premier institution of Western history, art and culture. Founded in 1955, the Museum, located in Oklahoma City, collects, preserves, and exhibits an internationally renowned collection of Western art and artifacts while sponsoring dynamic educational programs to stimulate interest in the enduring legacy of the American West. More than 10 million visitors from around the world have sought out this unique museum to gain better understanding of the West: a region and a history that permeates our national culture. The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum features a superb collection of classic and contemporary Western art, including works by Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell, as well as sculptor James Earle Fraser’s magnificent work, The End of the Trail. The exhibition wing houses a turn-of-the-century town and interactive history galleries that focus on the American cowboy, rodeo and Native American culture.
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  • Kathryn B
    21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An excellent museum
    Such an interesting museum. Many rooms of art and artefacts. We particularly liked the replica of a western town. The staff in the exhibits were full of information and very interesting to talk to. A great day out, fun but also very educational. We would recommend it highly.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 19, 2023
  • Susan H
    Tacoma, Washington2,617 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Everything Cowboy and MUCH More
    We weren’t sure we would enjoy this museum as we are not from the world of cattle and cowboys. We were pleasantly surprised. This place had so much to see. Everything from ranching life, to military, to native Americans, to rodeo, even Hollywood western movies and actors, and a full model western town. (I never knew there were so many types of barbed wire). The place is huge and has something for everyone! They even have activities to keep kids engaged and learning. Plan a full day and be prepared to walk…. A LOT!
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 29, 2023
  • Terra G
    Jupiter, Florida30 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful, good family stop
    The art exhibits were beautiful, but the clothing/tools exhibits really caught our eyes. We visited with 2 kids (10&7) so we weren’t able to slow down to read and appreciate the details, but really enjoyed browsing it all visually. The outdoors was a nice break for the kids to play a bit. Every detail in and out was perfectly thought out and executed. Gorgeous museum!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 8, 2023
  • scott r
    Silver Spring, Maryland701 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Covers almost anything related to the American West
    Exhaustive, comprehensive and potentially exhausting (!) Just when you think something has been overlooked, there it is (well except for any mention of Brokeback Mountain, this being Oklahoma after all). From Native Americans to Cowboys of various sorts, movies and TV shows featuring same, to an indoor recreation of an old west main street to exterior displays you may explore (hot as blazes), it's here. Cowboy attire, walls of boots,, guns, hats, et al. The role of women in the West, rodeos, commercialization, civil war and on and on. There's also a extensive art gallery that intermingles with actual (period) Western Art. (The gallery portion seemed to get a genuinely appreciative reception, but a little cheesy paying admission to see the inside of a showroom - want to spend $28,000 for a landscape? Step right up!) All in all just tons to see and you can easily spend 2-3 hours - at that you're still glossing over stuff, though not everything will appeal to everyone.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 25, 2023
  • wander1
    282 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Part of our uniquely American experiance
    Beautifully done, with a great selection of art and artifacts. Many items from various genres, including the "real West" and the West of our TV and movie imagination. You can get worn out so allow several hours. I especially enjoyed the Charlie Russell works.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 26, 2023
  • A Midlife Adventure
    Dursley, United Kingdom1,350 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just too much to see! We would love to return to see more but alas no more time!
    We allowed a couple of hours and stayed nearly 5 hrs! We definitely didn’t see everything in detail, there is just so much to take on board. Notwithstanding the fact that the grounds are also carefully laid out with additional statues, Native American homes, water features etc. This museum deserves so much credit for bringing the “Western World” to life in all its many facets. We spent ages looking at the galleries full of art, loved the rodeo section and the olde worlde western town and left worn out. You can have a guided tour but we preferred to go it alone. Whilst we had a leaflet with the layout we did feel like we needed something more maybe a suggested route as we were conscious we didn’t want to miss anything. This is the only improvement I would suggest otherwise a perfect day.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 28, 2023
  • SulKnight
    Llano, Texas6 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really Cool
    There was a lot of art exhibits. There was a few interactive exhibits and little theaters for shorts clips that explained history. There was exhibits that showed different Native American dwellings that's was really cool. If you are a western movie buff there is a section for all the more popular actor(s) and stuff about them. It is a really big museum so wear comfy shoes since there will be a lot of walking.
    Visited August 2022
    Traveled with family
    Written June 30, 2023
  • John J
    Dallas, Texas478 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Overwhelming!
    There is so much to see it is overwhelming. The museum is so well organized and layed out. Separate sections for art, art you can purchase, rodeo, TV & Film star history, memorabilia from the old west, etc. We really enjoyed it.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 26, 2023
  • Thomas K
    Stratford, Connecticut735 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent Place
    The museum is huge! Beautiful artwork and exhibits of Native American and Cowboy artifacts includes rodeo and hollywood. Also includes an indoor replication of an old west town. A must see!
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 29, 2023
  • Terry K
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Love the museum
    We enjoyed our visit to the The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. The artwork was incredible. We would recommend taking the tour of the museum. The guide was very informative. I would recommend spending time outside to see the beautiful grounds. There is a Buffalo Bill sculpture and horse made of metal. There are also a variety of Indian dwellings.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 10, 2023
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Lorna B.
Bechtelsville, PA766 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
My husband and I recently drove from our home in southeastern PA to OKC to spend a week learning about OK’s history, settlement, flora & fauna, etc. A visit to this excellent museum was a highlight of our time in OKC.

The amount of western art here is impressive—beautiful paintings and also items worked from leather, silver, bronze, etc. (many pieces were for sale). Other exhibits featured hunting, cowboys & ranchers, the rodeo, western wildlife, and more. One room contained a huge display of different designs of barbed wire. An Indian Cultures gallery showed beautiful articles of beaded clothing. There was an interesting exhibit on American Western movies and movie stars.

A favorite feature of mine was Prosperity Junction—a recreated typical western frontier town street scene. Various residences and business storefronts were filled with artifacts; some buildings offered a bit of narration. Within that wing, a wide-screen video (7 minutes) about the American West was shown.

The galleries in this comprehensive museum seem to be endless; a quick perusal of the detailed museum map confirms how expansive this facility is. We spent three full hours browsing the numerous galleries, which was not enough time to see everything (and we never got outside to see their grounds). In hindsight, we spent too much time enjoying the paintings at the beginning of the museum, in view of all the galleries still awaiting us.

Our visit included a quick bite to eat in the museum’s café; selections were very limited. I would suggest they keep the café open a bit longer in the afternoon. Also, do not close the main restrooms for cleaning during peak afternoon visitor hours but clean them before/after museum hours! Lastly, allow visitors to stay until the closing time of 5:00 p.m. rather than shooing people out beginning 4:45 p.m. Plentiful free parking here.
Written January 26, 2022
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Lori S
11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
Visited for the first time and was greeted by a friendly volunteer upon entry. He started by giving an overall description of the museum which was appreciated but then he went into a DETAILED 20 minute long talk about all we would see at the museum. At one point I even said, “Great! This all sounds wonderful. Which way to the old town?” And he replied “I am getting to that. Be patient.” I know he was trying to be kind but it was a little bit excessive. The interactive exhibits were awesome and the outdoor exhibits were gorgeous! Loved visiting the old west town and the tribal homesteads. Worth the visit but I would hope the volunteers would share some insight (briefly) and then allow us to visit on our own.
Written May 30, 2021
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bcunningham71
Kansas City, KS29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
This museum was recommended and we can tell you it was well worth the time. So many western cowboys from silent films, movies and TV were on display. For those that love Cowboys, this will peak your interest and you'll wonder where the time went. Beautiful oil paintings that are superb. We highly recommend a visit!
Written February 11, 2020
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aliciaburge
Seymour, IL423 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 • Couples
This is a good stop when you are in OK City to learn a little about the Western culture. Some exhibits change over time which makes it neat to visit at different points. The outdoor exhibits and Western town exhibits were neat to see. I would suggest spending 2-3 hours there.
Written June 16, 2020
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jimichongaJC
Stevensville, MT659 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
Almost overwhelmingly large and comprehensive collection of absolutely everything cowboy and Western in nature. There are only so many saddles, lassoes, brands, boots, armaments one can look at before it becomes a blur. But the art exhibits were truly extraordinary. The Remington castings, the Indian beadworks, the spectacular landscape imagery were first rate - and curated beautifully. The museum gallery layout can be confusing; I'm sure I missed entire rooms of exhibited works in my wandering. The detailed narratives describing the notable women of Western Heritage was quite engaging. Recommend setting aside 3 or more hours to do this place justice - but by all means, plan to visit!
Written May 6, 2021
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Jane M
Savannah, GA46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
We are visiting our son in Tulsa and my husband just HAD to make the 1.5 hour or so drive into OKC to see this museum. He has been following their Twitter feed throughout the pandemic and it became almost a pilgrimage!

This museum was beautiful. The artwork was spectacular. Though I really just tagged along, I found that I truly enjoyed myself and learned a lot about western history and culture. The layout was such that we had no problem keeping to social distancing. The docents who seemed to always be nearby were very pleasant and helpful.

My husband is already planning our next trip to OKC to return to this museum!
Written August 7, 2020
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irishbogs
Cleveland, OH159 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Very nice museum that is mostly nice art.

It is worth a 90 minute stop. Some of the paintings were beautiful and many were for sale. The highest price tag I noticed was $60,000.00

There were some roaming employees who were very knowledgeable and helpful.
Written July 31, 2021
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Heidi A
California19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
We loved exploring this museum. We were there for over 3.5 hours, and could have easily spent longer. The kids enjoyed learning/playing at the new outdoor area which showcases dwellings across the plains. The artwork we saw was stunning, including the Dorothea Lange and Andy Warhol visiting exhibits. Also seeing the rodeo room and cowboys from the movies was also fun! There were a couple gallery rooms closed, but even so, there was so much to see, I wish we could have stayed longer!
Written June 25, 2020
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rachellynn99
Conway, AR235 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
We attended on a summer Tuesday and it wasn't too crowded, especially when it first opened. There were some items to do with kids, a pretty elaborate outdoor area with different housing structures representing various Native American tribes, and an indoor city that had a church, school, general store etc.
There was a small outdoor walk with sculptures and statues, and a pretty neat exhibit about rodeos. There were many videos to watch and lots of things to read. The artwork was fantastic and very well presented.

There is a small grill, that we didn't eat at, but honestly one that truly enjoyed this era, and art could stay most of a day if they wanted to read everything, watch the short videos and see everything.
Written July 20, 2022
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Phyliss B
Canton, MI1,411 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
Wow the perfect Museum for the west!
It has everything, cavalry, Indians, cowboys, rodeo heroes and the great tv/ movie stars who portrayed the western heroes!
The museum is literally separated into different areas, each with a theme. The outside area has a great display of Indian homes over the countries past.
This museum truly is a beautiful and peaceful place to stroll through history.
It has a small cafe, and the sandwiches and salads are worth the trip! We truly enjoyed our hoagie and pasta salad.
The museum is a definite must see for all the children and adults who love the stolid the old west!
A store located inside has all the necessary items to turn you into a western hero!
Written August 25, 2020
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