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June 2019

Summer Signature Tour

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Meets at Canyon Princess (cougar sculpture in West Hallway) From Albert Bierstadt’s glowing landscape Emigrants Crossing the Plains to pieces by Frederic Remington and Charles Russell, see some of the finest Western art in the country. View ethnographic material from Native Americans and mountain men, and learn about frontier military life. Round out the tour with a look at the evolution of the working cowboy, from the range to their portrayal in film and pop culture.…

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Summer Signature Tour

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Meets at Canyon Princess (cougar sculpture in West Hallway) From Albert Bierstadt’s glowing landscape Emigrants Crossing the Plains to pieces by Frederic Remington and Charles Russell, see some of the finest Western art in the country. View ethnographic material from Native Americans and mountain men, and learn about frontier military life. Round out the tour with a look at the evolution of the working cowboy, from the range to their portrayal in film and pop culture.…

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Art Moments

Enjoy a variety of 10-minute spotlight talks throughout the galleries to introduce different works in the Museum’s temporary exhibitions or permanent collection. Browse the galleries and hold casual conversations with Museum docents. Weekends June 15 through September 1. Free to Museum members or with Museum admission.

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July 2019

Kids Take Over The Cowboy – Daily Fun for Kids

There’s never a bad time to bring your kids to The Cowboy, but July is especially packed with activities that will keep your little ones busy for hours while keeping everyone in the cool indoors.   Kids-Only Secret Messages Exploring the Museum has never been more fun! Each kid gets a decoder spy glass which will allow them to “decode” secret messages next art and artifacts throughout the Museum.   Kid Food at the Grill There's an expanded kids menu…

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Summer Signature Tour

Meets at Canyon Princess (cougar sculpture in West Hallway) From Albert Bierstadt’s glowing landscape Emigrants Crossing the Plains to pieces by Frederic Remington and Charles Russell, see some of the finest Western art in the country. View ethnographic material from Native Americans and mountain men, and learn about frontier military life. Round out the tour with a look at the evolution of the working cowboy, from the range to their portrayal in film and pop culture. Walk away with a…

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Weekly Story Time

Join us every Tuesday in July at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. for a special story time in the Museum Store.

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Saturdays for Kids: FREE Independence Day Celebration

Celebrate Independence Day on the frontier at the National Cowboy Museum. With a cake walk and a variety of other activities, there is certain to be something for guests of all ages. FREE for children and accompanying adults. Available while supplies last. This program is made possible, in part, with support from the Robert Glenn Rapp Foundation.

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American Cowboy Warrior

Cowboys face whatever challenges come their way, and now kids can test their mettle against slightly more modern challenges at the National Cowboy Museum. As a part of our month-long Kids Take Over The Cowboy experience, kids will have the chance to work their way through an inflatable obstacle course. After burning off some energy, your family can cool down with FREE snow cones. Activities are free with Museum admission and free for members. While supplies last.

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Read the West Book Club

JOIN READ THE WEST  BOOK CLUB! Held in the Dub & Mozelle Richardson Theater JULY 18, 2019 6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. The Virginian: A Horseman of the Plains (1902) Into the rough Wyoming landscape rides The Virginian, a solitary man whose unbending will is his only guide through life. The Virginians unwavering beliefs in right and wrong are soon tested as he tries to fight against the corruption that rules the land. Owen Wisters epic tale stands not only…

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Cowboy Road Trip

Along with the opening of our new exhibit Passport, we invite you to take a trip across the American West, all within the walls of the Museum. Each child will receive their very own passport, with the chance to collect stamps throughout the Museum and a prize as they leave. Bring Your Toy to The Cowboy Because you can’t leave home without your favorite toy, we’re inviting all children to bring their favorite stuffy or doll along for the ride.…

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A Date with the Duke: McLintock (1963)

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. S.B. “Burk” Burnett Board Room In McLintock (1963), Cattle baron, banker, and model citizen George McLintock (John Wayne) has the world in his hands. The only thing missing is his wife, Catherine (Maureen O’Hara), who left him two years earlier, suspecting him of adultery. In an effort to get on with his life, McLintock saves a beautiful, but impoverished, widow from resettlement and hires her as his cook, welcoming both her and her two children…

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Farm Basket Workshop

Hand-craft the perfect storage piece or décor accent. Suitable for beginner to advanced, all supplies provided; lunch is on your own. 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Classrooms A & B Led by Basket Weavers Guild of Oklahoma, participants will create their own farm basket measuring approximately 9 inches high, 13 inches wide (square to round opening). General Pricing: $35 Museum Pricing: $30 Register online by July 23 at nationalcowboymuseum.org/farm-basket-workshop-registration/ 

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August 2019

Advancing the Pencil Portrait, Part I

LIMITED ENROLLMENT August 1, 8, 15, & 22, 2019 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Classrooms A & B SKILL LEVEL: Beginner to Advanced Whether you are new artist or have drawn for a while, this class helps you explore the essential steps in rendering an eye-catching portrait. The class covers how materials can create different textures and values as well as weekly demonstrations. Instructor: Scottie Scott Supply list provided. General Pricing $120 Museum Member Pricing $100 Register online at nationalcowboymuseum.org/event/advancingpencilport…

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Saturdays for Kids: Create a Brand

10:00 a.m. - Noon Lincoln Hallway Ranchers use brands to show which cattle are theirs. Learn how to read a brand and then create your own design. Free for children and accompanying adults. Available while supplies last. This program is made possible, in part, with support from the Robert Glenn Rapp Foundation.

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Dinner and a Movie: The Rider (2017)

The Rider (2017) August 22, 2019 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. S.B. “Burk” Burnett Board Room After a riding accident leaves a young cowboy unable to compete on the rodeo circuit, he undertakes a search for new identity and tries to redefine his idea of what it means to be a man in the heartland of America. Written, produced and directed by Chloe Zhao, this contemporary Western drama, set on a South Dakota reservation, was called “cinematic poetry” by film critic…

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Read the West Book Club

JOIN READ THE WEST  BOOK CLUB! Held in the Dub & Mozelle Richardson Theater AUGUST 22, 2019 6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. An Undisturbed Peace (2016) An Undisturbed Peace by Mary Glickman tells a sweeping historical novel of the Trail of Tears. A Jewish immigrant, a Cherokee woman and a black slave find love, friendship and redemption while facing the horrors of President Jackson’s Indian Removal Act as the tribes of the South make the grueling journey across the Mississippi River…

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Advancing the Pencil Portrait, Part II

LIMITED ENROLLMENT SKILL LEVEL: Beginner to Advanced August 29, September 5, 12, 19 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Classrooms A & B Drawing the pencil portrait not only pushes us to render a likeness, but brings challenges in texture. This class continues working artists with correct proportions and value placement, as well as focusing on different skin textures, clothing and hair. There will be a class project; or attendees may bring a picture of someone to draw. There will also…

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September 2019

Saturdays for Kids: Native American Games

10:00 a.m. - Noon Western State Plaza Many modern games have Native American roots. Test your skills as you play traditional games like Game of Grace, ring toss, and more. Free for children and accompanying adults. Available while supplies last. This program is made possible, in part, with support from the Robert Glenn Rapp Foundation.

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Signature Tour

Meets at Canyon Princess (cougar sculpture in West Hallway) From Albert Bierstadt’s glowing landscape Emigrants Crossing the Plains to pieces by Frederic Remington and Charles Russell, see some of the finest Western art in the country. View ethnographic material from Native Americans and mountain men, and learn about frontier military life. Round out the tour with a look at the evolution of the working cowboy, from the range to their portrayal in film and pop culture. Walk away with a…

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Cherokee Cultural Celebration

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. In partnership with the Cherokee Heritage Center in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, the National Cowboy Museum presents a Cherokee Cultural Celebration. Students will experience a variety of activities related to 19th century Cherokee culture and lifestyle. Hands-on participation in Cherokee games such as blow gun shooting, stickball playing, marbles, and chunkey will be presented. Demonstrations in pottery making, basket weaving, and finger weaving will show the unique Cherokee lifestyle of this time period. Other activity stations will…

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Read the West Book Club

JOIN READ THE WEST  BOOK CLUB! Held in the Dub & Mozelle Richardson Theater - refreshments provided SEPTEMBER 26, 2019 6:00 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. Wild Bill (2019) In July 1865, Wild Bill Hickok shot and killed Davis Tutt in Springfield, Missouri, the first quick-draw duel on the frontier. Thus began the reputation that made him a marked man to every gunslinger in the Wild West. The legend of Wild Bill has only grown since his death in 1876. Bestselling author…

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October 2019

Traditional Cowboy Arts Association Workshop: Scroll Layout and Design with Sam Alfano

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Classrooms In conjunction with the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association (TCAA) this workshop is taught by Sam Alfano. Alfano, a certified Master Engraver and world-renown-designer, has engraved for 39 years. He is best known for his intricate designs, precise detail, and flawless execution of this demanding art form. The workshop will cover scroll layout and design applicable to the disciplines of bit and spur making, silversmithing, and saddlemaking. Alfano’s understanding of scrolls and leaf structures will…

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Saturdays for Kids: Little Buckaroos Round-up

Saturdays for Kids: Little Buckaroos Round-Up/ Sábados para Niños: Pequeño Redondo de Vaqueros 10:00 a.m. – Noon Western States Plaza Do you have what it takes to be a cowboy or cowgirl? A caballero o vaquero? Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month and discover the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the heritage and culture of the west. Test your skills at the Little Buckaroos Round-Up. Put on your favorite cowboy gear and join us for stick horse barrel races,…

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Turn the Town Upside Down!

10:00 a.m. – Noon Prosperity Junction Fun and fantasy abound when the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum welcomes friends to the transformed Prosperity Junction Western town! Begin Halloween with imaginative, kid-friendly activities. Families can sample sarsaparilla in the Silver Dollar Saloon, create a spooky woven matt, make a lantern, color a trick-or-treat bag and more. Come in costume! You may see your favorite creatures and characters turn the town upside down! $5 per person; free for Museum members. No…

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November 2019

Saturdays for Kids: Create a Tipi

10:00 a.m. – Noon Lincoln Hallway The home of many Plains Indians, the tipi was sturdy and portable. Make your own and personalize it with symbols that are meaningful to you. Free for children and accompanying adults. Available while supplies last.  This program is made possible, in part, with support from the Robert Glenn Rapp Foundation.

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Hearth Basket Workshop

  SKILL LEVEL:  Beginner to Advanced 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Classroom A & B Every home needs a hearth basket to hold kindling, magazines or whatever you choose! Led by Basket Weavers Guild of Oklahoma, participants will create their own hearth basket, measuring approximately 20 inches long, 10 inches wide, and 14 inches high (with handle). All supplies provided; lunch is on your own. General Pricing: $35 Museum Members: $30 Register online by November 12 at nationalcowboymuseum.org/event/hearth-basket-workshop.  

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December 2019

A Date with the Duke: Donovan’s Reef (1963)

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Theater  In Donovan's Reef (1963), three World War II Navy veterans – Donovan (John Wayne), Doc Dedham (Jack Warden) and Gilhooley (Lee Marvin) – converge on the French Polynesian island of Haleakaloha and team up to deceive Dedham’s prim daughter Amelia (Elizabeth Allen), who just learned of her father’s existence and his inherited stock from the company of which she is chairman. She hopes to find just cause to reclaim his shares. Dedham’s marriage to…

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Saturdays for Kids: Holidays at the Museum

10:00 a.m. –1:00 p.m. Various Locations Celebrate the holidays in Prosperity Junction, a turn-of-the-century frontier town. Make Western inspired ornaments, pine cone birdfeeders, decorations, meet historical Western figures, sample frontier food, or mosey up to the sarsaparilla bar before dropping off your holiday wish list with Santa! Find Howe and Dee the Cowboy Elves to earn your own special badge. Free for children and accompanying adults. Available while supplies last. This program is made possible, in part, with support from…

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