Oklahoma History Center
Oklahoma History Center
4.5
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
About
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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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okiesooner09
Oklahoma379 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
As the name says, this is THE center for Oklahoma history. There are huge exhibits on outer space, the land runs, the Indian tribes, military, local business that are known nation wide (like Sonic) and famous Oklahomans. There are many informative videos. Lots of hands on exhibits. It has a beautiful gift shop with affordable books.
Written November 17, 2021
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Bill L
Buffalo, NY276 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Best way to see the history of the state with excellent presentations of Native American period and early settlers/land run period.
Written October 8, 2019
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janehyde82
Tulsa, OK50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
We thoroughly enjoyed our recent visit to the Oklahoma History Center where we focused on the Heroine exhibit. We visited the Arabia Museum in Kansas City, the Mud Island Steamboat Museum, the Sultana steamboat museum in Marion, Arkansas, plus the Railroad and Steamboat Museum in Vicksburg, MS. Now we have visited the Heroine steamboat exhibit in the Oklahoma History Center and this exhibit easily rivals all these other exhibits that we visited. The model of the Steamboat, Heroine, was as detailed as any we have seen and the cutaway section gave a good presentation of the interior. Going upstairs provided a realistic understanding of how the passengers existed in their environments whether they had an actual room or sleeping area. The recovered artifacts were not as many as that of the Arabia in KC but it was explained that most of the cargo was taken off the boat right after it sunk. What is exhibited explains a lot about the workings of the steamboat. The signage does an excellent job of explaining the history of the steamboat and it is worth reading because it provides good information and you will not find a book about the Heroine in the Museum Bookstore. A search of the internet located a dissertation on the subject of the Heroine so it would seem that it would not take too much for one of the museum staff to write a book on the subject of the steamboat. Also, there is a very fine painting of the Heroine and .

Our visit did not include time to visit the entire museum. However, we did visit the Civil War portion of the museum located near the Heroine steamboat exhibit. It is a well done but small exhibit of civil war artifacts and local battles.

We did not have time to view the remainder of the museum but plan to return to see the rest of it. The building is new and has a great view of the State Capitol looking out a three story window with a plane hanging from the ceiling right in the middle of the rotunda.

Parking was easy and accessible.
Written July 3, 2018
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PJerryOKC
Durant, OK48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Friends
On the 3rd floor is an exhibit called the 'Oklahoma Century Chest.' The chest had been buried in the basement of First Lutheran Church on April 22, 1913. The metallic copper chest was the size of a casket! When the chest was opened to the public on April 22, 2013, all of the items were found in pristine condition! The chest was full of messages, memorabilia, etc. from the first 24 years of Oklahoma history. Listen to a message recorded by Angelo C. Scott on April 21, 1913. Photographs before the land run on April 22, 1889 to April 22, 1913. A picture of Geronimo while a prisoner at Ft. Sill. Clothing, posters, prophesies that included a bank president that predicted a day in which mail would be sent electronically (email)! A quilt with the signatures of 720 men and women who pioneered Oklahoma City during the first 24 years. There was no water or oxidation damage during the 100 years. You can check it out by Googling, 'Oklahoma Century Chest.' This alone is well worth a visit.
Written April 25, 2016
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kimberlyhh2015
Midwest City, OK148 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Family
Our first visit and we really liked it. The kids liked putting on different costumes and learning about our state. Employees were all very friendly and helpful. I really love the pink kitchen and would love to take it home with me!!
Written June 3, 2015
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127_Hill_Country
Austin, Texas36 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2013 • Friends
The building is quite large and three stories so you would think there would be a lot to see on Oklahoma history. We were disappointed. The first floor is 1/3 an exhibit on Oklahoma at the Movies. This is a conglomeration of Oklahomans who have worked in/on movies. Not really history but more a pop culture exhibit. 1/3 was on Indians. The rest was area for classrooms and a big area for Wiley Post's airplane.

The second floor was all offices, no exhibits. The third floor was a cafeteria and the rest was set aside for what I would expect on all three floors. I enjoyed the exhibits on the land rush, the dust bowl, the depression, and the wars. I saw nothing though on how Oklahoma became a state or on the cattle drives or the oil industry. What there was instead was historical kitchens (not sure what that had to do with Oklahoma) and an exhbit on black dresses (again what does that have to do with Oklahoma).

We had planned to spend the day there but with so little to see we left before lunch and went on to another site out our list.
Written November 16, 2013
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Marie N
Dallas, Texas155 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We only had time to see a small part of the museum section. Our main purpose was for genealogical research. What we saw of the museum was totally fascinating. If you are a history buff this is the place to go!

As for research - their facility is awesome! We did not go away empty handed. The staff in both the museum and the research sections were both helpful, and friendly. Our only mistake was allowing one day. We are already planning our return trip!
Written October 26, 2007
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Conkie
Mustang, OK22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
Our Sunday School Class [all over 50 years old] greatly enjoyed Oklahoma History Ctr. There was so much to see that we will have to go back another day. Several of us were born or raised in the Oklahoma City area so we recognized so much of it because we had lived through it. The rest were from Oregon and Kansas so didn't relate to it but learned much about things like the grocery cart and parking meters being invented and 1st used in Oklahoma City. It was fun to do dress up and sing the song "Oklahoma" form the movie. I've been here several times before but always enjoy bringing new people to learn about Oklahoma.
Written August 21, 2019
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AMY B
Pensacola, FL30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
This museum is first class! We learned so much about Oklahoma and really could have spent much more time here if our schedule had allowed. We did not take advantage of the outdoor displays as it was very hot but we will come back another time for those.
We did enjoy the cafe for a quick lunch and had an amazing view of the Capital building while we ate.
Written August 14, 2019
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Kathy K
Clarendon Hills, IL204 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Couples
several exhibits, we took a total of 2 days over a week to visit. Military and spouses are free entry. Vietnam exhibit - Oklahoman's who fought and Vietnamese who settled her after the war. Indian exhibit Fascinating!. Oklahoma commerce, surprising how many companies started in Oklahoma. Land Rush, a real insight to the struggles of the people. Very well done, a good cafe on 2nd floor and plenty of parking.
Written April 5, 2019
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