Oklahoma History Center

Oklahoma History Center, Oklahoma City: Hours, Address, Oklahoma History Center Reviews: 4.5/5

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.
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Popular mentions

4.5
219 reviews
Excellent
136
Very good
65
Average
15
Poor
2
Terrible
1

ellenbee56
Bechtelsville, PA389 contributions
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. We always seek out state museums to visit when exploring a state that is new to us; as it happens, this museum is one of the best state history museums we have visited in all our travels.

We enjoyed all the galleries here, including OK’s native peoples (including the fruitful efforts of missionaries to spread Christianity among them), OK’s air & space involvement, and the exhibits about the Rodgers & Hammerstein’s musical “Oklahoma!” and the 1950s Kitchen (which wasn’t too long before our time). Our favorite gallery was Crossroads of Commerce: A History of Free Enterprise in OK. It was interesting to learn about the state’s attainment of wealth and advancements following WWII and to learn about the many successful business ventures and industrial leaders from OK.

All in all, we spent just over two full hours here, exploring at a leisurely pace; it was time well spent. This museum is housed in a beautiful, large building and was easy to find; plentiful free parking was provided. The third-floor café was not open, but vending machines were available, as were tables & chairs, so I think you could “brown-bag” it. There are some items to see outside, but we skipped those since our time was short.
Written January 24, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Dianna P
Independence, Missouri592 contributions
Dec 2021
We wished we would have had more time. This was one of the best museums we have seen. It was very well laid out and there was so much information!
Written December 7, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

okiesooner09
Oklahoma361 contributions
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Nancy A
73 contributions
Aug 2021
Another great place. They had a special exhibit on Oklahomans and Space. They covered the Indian history, oil and gas but then had info on African American’s in Oklahoma, Law and Order, Farming, the musical Oklahoma and other things. Lots of fun, be sure to check out the Century Chest.
Written August 30, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

VanEsq12
Dallas, TX2,322 contributions
Jul 2020 • Friends
This museum is ALL things Oklahoma. The museum is divided into sections, so in one you may learn about early peoples, in another, Oklahoma's path to statehood, in another its natural resouces, and in another, its innovation and inventions. This is a beautiful, informative museum. You will come away with a deeper appreciation of Oklahoma and its journey by going through this museum.
Written July 12, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Kenpasha
Bellingham, WA570 contributions
Dec 2019
We're visiting our daughter and although I had driven through OK years ago we don't know a lot about the state. Therefore, we found this center right by the state capital worth an hour or two. We especially liked the wall of outlaws -- don't miss that! And the free enterprise exhibit. I learned that sonic burgers were started up here. I also didn't know about willie may flying around the world in 1935. The display on the women's movement in the meeting hall is also good.
You should have plenty of room for strolling around as we were the only ones in the place when we visited yesterday.
I always think of Oklahoma as a big oil state, but they don't stress that here.
Be sure to take the "ride" on braniff airlines! Now that is fun...
Enjoy.
Written December 19, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

bailey
8 contributions
Oct 2019
Missed a lot, but it was the tail end of our tour. We were a bit 'done' with our walking around museums. But this one was very nice and filled with information. We only went to one area that included the 'pink kitchen' and 'Oklahoma, the musical.' Good stop.
Written October 31, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Bill L
Buffalo, NY287 contributions
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

TheExplorerFamily
Somerset, NJ6,287 contributions
Aug 2019
This is an excellent facility with tons of displays to keep you busy and moving the entire time. We only had an hour and a half, so we had to rush through a lot of areas, but it gave us a good idea about the local history. We were amazed to learn that this is where the first grocery cart was invented, and that OKC was the first city to have a paid parking meter installed. Cool facts!

The Museum is large, and has several galleries to explore on a few floors. The Exhibits are fantastic. Everything is laid out and organized well. In some rooms, there was too much stuff, but we did come out learning quite a bit about Oklahoma. We enjoyed the quick glimpses and the overview in all the rooms, but we particularly liked the exhibits devoted to OKC’s commercial history, the Vietnam War and the local soldiers, the 39 Tribal Native American Tribes, the Steamboat “Heroine”, and the oil and gas industries. The airplane “Winnie Mae” and the Helicopter hanging on the ceilings were intriguing.

The outdoor exhibits and sculptures are really nice too. The Devon Oil and gas Exploration Park was so much bigger than we thought. Allow at least half an hour to see this, and definitely check out the “Timeline of Oklahoma History” on the large tiles in the walkway just outside.

The Gift Shop was stocked with souvenirs, books and items from native artists.

Wholeheartedly recommend a visit. We will certainly return on our next trip to this city.
Written August 30, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Conkie
Mustang, OK22 contributions
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
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Showing results 1-10 of 214
Anything missing or inaccurate?
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Frequently Asked Questions about Oklahoma History Center

Oklahoma History Center is open:
  • Mon - Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM