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Owner description: A massive museum known for its Western art.
Reviewed October 15, 2012

You walked and walked and walked seeing something of interest around each little bend. We spent hours there inside and out. Very nicely done.

Thank Sharon W
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Reviewed October 15, 2012

Defiantly worth a trip if you are in the area. My husband wasn't convinced at first, but we could have spent all day there as opposed to the 4 hours we did spend. They were having an event in one of the galleries - we couldn't go in there, but did enjoy what we were able to see.

Thank jnrhoades
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Reviewed October 14, 2012

This is an excellent museum for all things western! It is much more than what one might expect of a "cowboy" museum. The Remingtons are impressive, but so are all the other displays. Something for everyone!

Thank gatsbysgirlHawaii
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Reviewed October 9, 2012

Oklahoma's, and the rest of the heart lands, Western heritage involves lots great men and women many you will know. Cool place to see.
Lot of Charity events held here.

Thank TonyM60
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Reviewed October 8, 2012

We recently visited OKC and paid visit to the excellent National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Being regular museum visitors during our travels, we were most impressed with our visit to this specialty museum, which is an intuitive, modern and interactive collection of galleries and exhibits - profiling this very interesting period of American history and culture. Entry price is on the higher end at US$12.50 per adult. However, we found the fee justifiable considering the number of high quality features found at this museum.

There was much to like at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. As you enter the museum, you are met by the very impressive statue of a lone Native American horse rider called End of the Trail. The Western Art gallery rooms featuring the works of Russell, Remington and other painters of American West scenes are quite impressive. Sculptures found here are also worthy of mention. There is a nice outdoor area as well, with decent walking paths and a large Buffalo Bill statue.

We also very much enjoyed the Western Performers room and the short film about the development of the Western film genre, suitably narrated by Sam Elliot. The Rodeo room was interesting and the items displayed in the American Cowboy room offered an enriching perspective on the cowboy way of life. We were surprised to learn how diverse the concept of a cowboy really was. Felt the exhibits and information helped dispel certain misunderstandings of the American Cowboy, which we only really knew from a few movies and helped us better appreciate the role cowboys played in shaping the American West. Perhaps our favorite feature of this museum was the replica cattle town called "Prosperity Junction" - which included an old western salon, hotel, mercantile shop, bank, church, school and sheriff's office. This was a neat and child-friendly way to walk around a make-shift town, the way they might have looked in this part of the world just 150 years ago. While polished and shiny, we still found this to be an enjoyable section.

There is a restaurant at the museum but we didn't eat here. There is also a souvenir shop which is well stocked and worth a look if you want to spend a bit more money to support the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.

Overall, this was probably the best specialty museum we have visited this year. We quite enjoyed most of the galleries and rooms as well as most of the art work, sculptures, artifacts and exhibits on display here. The layout of the museum is fine but the map was a bit difficult to follow at times, especially in the art gallery rooms. A color coding scheme would have proven helpful here. Otherwise, we can't think of anything that would have made the museum better. While a bit pricey, we found the visit to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum well worth the entry fee and can recommend to anyone with an interest for Western heritage, culture and this important historical time period for America.

5  Thank BradJill
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