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“Museum of the Great Plains”

Museum of the Great Plains
Ranked #1 of 12 things to do in Lawton
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

Staff was very friendly, Museum (inside) was very interesting. There is a small gift shop inside. Outside, we saw prairie dogs out by the trading post. The gentlemen in the trading post were very interesting to listen to, had lots of furs to view and men had stories of yesterday to tell. I thought the cost was reasonable.

Thank Roxanna C
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

We visited the museum while in Lawton. It was very educational, even an area for the kids to "play" with air and how it moves. The best part was in the Fort outside and the gentleman who spoke with us and taught us all about the fort and life back then.

Thank Alicia H
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Reviewed July 15, 2013

We went through the interior area first and enjoyed the displays there. The numerous photographs were excellent, too, especially the one of the dust storm as it approached a town, but it would have been nice it there had been more photos and information about the Lawton/Oklahoma area instead of other states.
The outdoor area was nice, but most of the buildings were locked so you couldn't go in (perhaps used with school groups?), and there wasn't any detailed information outside on them to tell what/where they had been originally. The Trading Post was the exception, the guide there was dressed in character and clearly loved his job, he gave great details about the fort, where it had been originally and lots of information about how the trading post operated and its importance to the community. They even stayed after closing time showing us items in the trading post and telling stories about life in a trading post. I would recommend it, especially if you are interested in history.

Thank Gail4321
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

If you are in Lawton, OK and have a couple of hours to spare you could well to visit this museum. The entry fee is minimal, $5 for over 60 And $6 for those under. I believe there is a child and a student rate as well.
The exhibits are varied, ranging from native american clothing, weapons of the old west and a small exhibit on mastodons and bison (not together!). There was also an corner devoted to saddle making and an exhibit about the dust bowl accompanied by period photos to tell the story. Included are areas for children to have hands-on activities.
Outside they have a full size steam locomotive - honestly, the largest I've ever seen. Outside they also have a replica of a 19th century trading post and the day we visited it was "staffed" with volunteers dressed in period clothes who were a fount of information and so enthusastic it was almost not corny. ;)
Overall, a pleasant way to spend a couple of hours.

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Reviewed July 12, 2013

This was a quiet little museum in a small town and showed mostly pictures on the walls with a few exhibits. There is also an outside museum with a fort and a few other things. For a 6.50 entry fee, I would go to the movies instead!

Thank colby1001
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