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Oklahoma History Center
Ranked #15 of 147 things to do in Oklahoma City
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed March 5, 2014

The History Center is a top notch museum with an affiliation with the Smithsonian. Large exhibits change and are always interesting. They have historical impersonators who speak and dress as if they are Ben Franklin, Mrs. George Washington, Abe Lincoln, etc. These programs are in the evenings to those who work can enjoy the history lesson.

They have an impressive gift shop and small restaurant. It is well worth the small admission cost.

Thank Mary949
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Reviewed February 25, 2014

We arrived later than expected, and rushed through the museum two hours before closing. We would second the observation by an earlier poster, the exhibits tend to run into each other which had us backtracking quite a bit. Exhibits covered Oklahoma military history, various Native American tribes, all-black towns, the Civil Rights Movement in Oklahoma, 1950's kitchen, black dresses, Oklahoma and the Movies and an entire gallery on a sunken steamboat. It's geared towards older children and adults, because there's so much reading involved. It was too cold and windy, so we decided to return another day and explore the exterior exhibits.

Thank Big D
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Reviewed February 9, 2014 via mobile

We might not be museum kinda people lots of reading but I did enjoy certain parts and learned things about oklahoma. It's a nice museum liked the audio portion wish the girl at the front desk would have told us about it up front it wasn't till my hubby went to the bathroom that I seen it and asked. Would have made it more enjoyable. Tours with docents would be a nice addition as well

Thank famfuncarmichael
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Reviewed February 6, 2014

I really enjoy going to the Oklahoma History Center. The first few times were for events like weddings, Hall of Fame installations, etc., but the last trip I got to look around. I was very impressed and highly recommend you going if you are near the Oklahoma State Capitol.

Thank PattyB288
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Reviewed February 5, 2014

New display on the Oil and Gas Industry opend February 11. On the negatives, this museum has several very nice pieces of historic equipment parked outdoors in the sun, wind and weather rotting away. Why spend the dough on having them totally restored to park them in the boiling hot sun... If you can't put them in a shed, don't take them as a donation!! The museum, indoors is sort of scattered. Hard to take it all in, just in one visit. Several exhibits have events or names mislabeled. Of course you have to live here to notice that. All in all, it is worth the time to stop and visit, right on old Business Route 66. We donated the Magic Chef Range and Frigidaire Refrigerator in the 1930's kitchen !! Both were in working order and came right out of our home kitchen.

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