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August 2018

Western Movie Matinee on Wide Open Wednesdays

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Join us for these curated selections made possible with support from an anonymous donor and Oklahoma City University’s Center for Interpersonal Studies through Film & Literature. Popcorn provided. Museum admission free to all on Wide Open Wednesdays courtesy of the Oklahoma Ford Dealers.

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Blue Star Museums

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Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Art, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, including the National Guard and Reserve, from Memorial Day , through Labor Day, September 3, 2018.

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Saloon Series

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One of the most ubiquitous features of the Old West was the saloon, an icon of American popular culture that has come to symbolize the rugged frontier. The Silver Dollar Saloon and Prosperity Junction take center stage during the Museum’s “Saloon Series.” During happy hour, guests will experience the golden age of the saloon, hear live music, and learn about different whiskeys each week on Thursday evenings in July and August in cooperation with Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits and Rodeo Opry…

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October 2018

Fall Signature Tour

From Remington and Russell to Native American works, see some of the finest Western art in the country during this docent-facilitated Museum tour. 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 better understanding of the diverse cultures that have shaped the West – but…

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Yoga at the Cowboy

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Leave your spurs at home and join your friends at the Cowboy for a relaxing morning of yoga in the Museum’s beautifully landscaped gardens! Guests should arrive at least 20 minutes early to purchase tickets and make their way to the Gardens. $10, $5 for Museum members. Yoga will take place on the Museum Gardens October 13, 20 and 27.

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Wild Weather Camp

The Museum hosts David Payne’s Wild Weather Camp, a fun and interactive weather safety program developed by David Payne and the News 9 Weather Team for elementary students. Kids will learn about severe weather events and what to do in different scenarios.  Bring a sack lunch to enjoy after the 45-minute presentation, then explore weather-related art in the Museum galleries. Wild Weather Camp will begin promptly at 10:30 a.m. Admission is free for students and chaperones (1 per 7 students).…

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February 2019

Hearts for Art

Museum Hours All Galleries One day to celebrate love is not enough! Visit the Museum any time during February 1 - 14 and show your love for your favorite piece of art or artifact. Pick up a heart at Visitor Services, leave it by your selection, and share on social media using #MyWest and #HeartsForArt. While visiting pick up the "Find the Love" guide, a selection of art from the Museum's collection that speaks of love. Free to Museum members…

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Bison Opening Weekend Celebration

10:00 a.m. - Noon Museum Galleries Let's get this stampeded started! There is a herd on 63rd and you're invited!! Join the Thunder's Rumble the Bison at the community opening of The Bison Exhibit. Hear Rumble's unique story, make an illustration of events in your life, discover what is made from a bison, and learn about the great American mammal's the remarkable powers. Visit the new exhibition and celebrate with bison-themed sweets courtesy of Platt College Culinary Arts.

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Read the West Book Club: American Buffalo: In Search of a Lost Icon

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1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. S.B. "Burk" Burnett Board Room In 2005, Steven Rinella won a lottery permit to hunt for a wild buffalo, or American bison, in the Alaskan wilderness. Despite the odds -- there is only a 2% chance of drawing the permit,  and fewer than 20% of those hunters are successful -- Rinella managed to kill a buffalo on a snow-covered mountainside. Now that the buffalo is on the verge of a dramatic ecological recovery across the…

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Home on the Range Dinner and Film Screening

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5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. S.B. "Burk" Burnett Board Room Put on your cowboy boots for this not-to-be-missed program with a cash bar and three-course dinner prepared by The Petroleum Club of Oklahoma City. Film director Ken Spurgeon introduces his 2018 Western Heritage Award winning docudrama, Home on the Range, the story of the iconic song that sprang up on the Kansas Prairie and gained national popularity. The film stars Buck Taylor and features various recordings, from the rock group…

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Wild Wits Trivia Night

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7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Prosperity Junction and Galleries A casual night of trivia, fun, and prizes! Start your own team or join a table of soon-to-be-friends and show off what you now .View the Museum's new exhibitions and enjoy some competition and lively conversation. Trivia Night is sure to be a great time for all! Pizza and popcorn provided. Cash bar. Participants must be 21+. Tickets are $10. Register at https://nationalcowboymuseum.org/event/trivianight/.

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Ancient. Massive. Wild. The Bison Exhibit Special Exhibition Tour

1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Meets at Canyon Princess (cougar sculpture in West Hallway) For thousands of years, millions of bison roamed the plains of North America. By 1890 there were fewer than 300. Explore the meaning and significance of this iconic creature, from the Plains Indian culture of the 1800's through commercial and national symbol of present. Discover the dramatic changes that occurred to the bison, its habitat, and to the people who depended upon it for their daily…

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Traditional Cowboy Arts Association Workshop: Introduction to Blacksmithing

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Capron Bits and Spurs, Christoval, Texas In conjunction with the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association (TCAA), this workshop will introduce tools used in blacksmithing and their function. Tools, including chisels and punches, will be created using principles of blacksmithing and can be utilized in the bit and spur making process. The culminating project, a set of tongs, will be constructed exercising the techniques taught. Bit and spur making, as it relates to the principles learned, will…

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Bison and Beer Paint Night

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6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Museum Entrance and Galleries Wind down from the stresses of the day with this fun, one-night painting event! Visit the Museum for a painting class under instruction from local artist Courtney Abbott. In conjunction with The Bison Exhibit, create your own colorful bison silhouette painting. While here, get a jump on spring shopping in The Museum Store. $45; $40 for Museum members. All supplies provided, including light hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. Reservations required by February…

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Weather School

Special Events Center 10:30 a.m. NewsChannel 4 and the National Cowboy Museum are teaming up to present Weather school, a great way for kids to learn about Oklahoma’s ever-changing weather in a lively format with the KFOR 4Warn Storm Team. Following Weather school, explore the Museum’s exhibitions to discover the role of weather in the West. Bring a sack lunch to enjoy after the 45-minute presentation, then explore weather-related art in the Museum galleries. Weather school will begin promptly at…

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March 2019

Brown Bag Lunch Series: Depicting the Grasslands – Bison in Wildlife Art

Noon – 1:00 p.m. S.B. “Burk” Burnett Board Room What is it about the bison that makes it such a potent symbol? Join Adam Duncan Harris, Curator, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, Wyoming, as he explores how Western art can help us understand humanity’s relationship with wildlife and nature. Harris presents a selection of Western art paintings and sculptures representing the wildlife and history of this region. He examines the legacy of complex artist George Catlin through paintings produced…

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Brown Bag Lunch Series: The Destruction of the American Bison

Noon – 1:00 p.m. S.B. “Burk” Burnett Board Room What is it about the bison that makes it such a potent symbol? In conjunction with The Bison Exhibit, Andrew C. Isenberg, Hall Professor of American History at the University of Kansas, examines the decline of the North American bison population. Isenberg presents the destruction as the outcome of an integrated dynamic process involving the volatile natural environment of the Great Plains, the ecological and economic invasion of the Euroamericans, and the culture…

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A Date with the Duke: The Quiet Man (1952)

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. S.B. “Burk” Burnett Board Room In The Quiet Man (1952), Sean Thornton is a retired American boxing champion trying to put tragedy behind him by returning to Innisfree, the Irish village of his birth. He buys the house where he was born from its current owner, enraging the wealthy and bellicose Red Will Danaher, who had designs on the property himself. On arriving at his cottage, Thornton finds it being swept out by Mary Kate, a redheaded…

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Bison Bonanza: Family Sleepover

6:30 p.m. – 9:00 a.m., with Rumble stopping by from 9:30 – 10:00 p.m. Begins at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Ends at the OKC Zoo Explore the magnificent American bison at this family sleepover! Trek through The Bison Exhibit after dark for a fun, hands-on evening of discovery! Each child makes an enrichment snack for bison MaryAnn who live (and sleep) at the Oklahoma City Zoo. Before bedtime enjoy the Disney Channel family drama, Buffalo Dreams (2005, 90 min). To top…

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Ancient. Massive. Wild. – The Bison Exhibit Special Exhibition Tour

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Meets at Canyon Princess (cougar sculpture in West Hallway) For thousands of years, millions of bison roamed the plains of North America. By 1890 there were fewer than 300. Explore the meaning and significance of this iconic creature, from the Plains Indian culture of the 1800’s through commercial and national symbol of present. Discover the dramatic changes that occurred to the bison, its habitat, and to the people who depended upon it for their daily…

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Bison Film Fest: Buffalo Dreams (2005)

2:00 p.m. Dub and Mozelle Richardson Theater After accepting Josh Townsend, a transplant from Chicago who just moved to the community with his family, into his circle of friends, Thomas Blackhorse is hurt and angry when Josh betrays a confidence and reveals the location of a sacred Navajo landmark to vandals. To save his friendship with Thomas and preserve the local customs, Josh challenges the leader of the vandals to a dangerous mountain bike race. Josh and Thomas must work…

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Spring Break Drop-in Activities: Make a Tipi

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., while supplies last Various Museum Locations It is Spring Break across the Oklahoma City Metro area! Drop by and participate in family friendly activities inspired by the Museum’s exhibits. March 18 Make a Tipi Nomadic Plains Indians followed their food sources and had to pack up and move quickly. Portable shelter, like tipis, made this easier. Make your own miniature version!

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Spring Break Drop-in Activities: Canvas Art

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., while supplies last Various Museum Locations It is Spring Break across the Oklahoma City Metro area! Drop by and participate in family friendly activities inspired by the Museum’s exhibits. Canvas Art Create your one-of-a-kind work of art with a canvas and acrylic paints. Paint a bison, landscape, or whatever your heart desires. Hang it on your wall or gift it to someone special. This program is made possible, in part, with support from the Robert…

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Spring Break Activities: Parfleche

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., while supplies last Various Museum Locations It is Spring Break across the Oklahoma City Metro area! Drop by and participate in family friendly activities inspired by the Museum’s exhibits. Parfleche Many Plains Indian tribes were nomadic – traveling the Great Plains on horseback and on foot. A common item used for packing was the parfleche bag. Made from rawhide, these durable storage bags protected a variety of items. Create a parfleche bag and use it…

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Spring Break Activities: Cherokee Storyteller Gayle Ross

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., while supplies last Various Museum Locations It is Spring Break across the Oklahoma City Metro area! Drop by and participate in family friendly activities inspired by the Museum’s exhibits. Gayle Ross – Cherokee Storyteller Storyteller Gayle Ross shares Cherokee tales from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Following the storytelling session, try out traditional Native American games including Game of Grace, ball and cup, and more.

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Brown Bag Lunch Series: The Bison and its Meaning to Indigenous Cultures

Noon – 1:00 p.m. What is it about the bison that makes it such a potent symbol? Gayle Ross (Cherokee) shares stories about the bison. A sacred and strong giver of life, bison are tied to creation, medicine, and sacred messages. Listen to Ross’s riveting stories about the bison’s importance in Native American culture and heritage. Bring your lunch or purchase one at The Museum Grill. Reservations are not required. Free admission to the Board Room and The Museum Grill.…

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Spring Break Activities: Bison Gallery Hunt

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., while supplies last Various Museum Locations It is Spring Break across the Oklahoma City Metro area! Drop by and participate in family friendly activities inspired by the Museum’s exhibits. Bison Gallery Hunt Bison were essential to the lives of Plains Indians. Their meat, hide, and bones provided food, shelter, clothing, and other important items. The Museum’s galleries contain many examples of items made from bison as well as artwork celebrating them. This gallery hunt will…

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Bison Film Fest: Facing the Storm: Story of the American Bison (2010)

2:00 p.m. Dub and Mozelle Richardson Theater Facing the Storm is the epic account of the tempestuous relationship with the iconic symbol of wild America. The American bison once dominated the plains of North America, numbering in the tens of millions. Native Plains Indians shared a sacred relationship with the species that went far beyond survival and sustenance. Then, in the 19th century they were nearly eradicated from the continent, and an entire Plains culture was forever changed. 78 minutes. No…

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Ancient. Massive. Wild. – The Bison Exhibit Special Exhibition Tour

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Meets at Canyon Princess (cougar sculpture in West Hallway) For thousands of years, millions of bison roamed the plains of North America. By 1890 there were fewer than 300. Explore the meaning and significance of this iconic creature, from the Plains Indian culture of the 1800’s through commercial and national symbol of present. Discover the dramatic changes that occurred to the bison, its habitat, and to the people who depended upon it for their daily…

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Brown Bag Lunch Series: The Last Big Animals of the Great Plains

Noon - 1:00 p.m. S.B. "Burk" Burnett Board Room What is it about the bison that makes it such a potent symbol? Historian Dan Flores claims that in 1870 there were at least 10 million bison in the southern herd on the North American plains. Flores draws a vivid portrait of these animals in their glory and tells the harrowing story of what happened to them at the hands of market hunters and ranchers. Bring your lunch or purchase one…

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Ancient. Massive. Wild. – The Bison Exhibit Special Exhibition Tour

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Meets at Canyon Princess (cougar sculpture in West Hallway) For thousands of years, millions of bison roamed the plains of North America. By 1890 there were fewer than 300. Explore the meaning and significance of this iconic creature, from the Plains Indian culture of the 1800’s through commercial and national symbol of present. Discover the dramatic changes that occurred to the bison, its habitat, and to the people who depended upon it for their daily…

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Bison Film Fest: The White Buffalo (1977)

2:00 p.m. Dub and Mozelle Richardson Theater At the close of 1874, a haunted, dying Wild Bill Hickok teams up with a grieving Crazy Horse to hunt a murderous albino buffalo. Along the way, he meets Crazy Horse, who is also searching for the giant white buffalo, and they team up to kill the elusive animal. An offbeat movie that combines the expected western movie clichés, rip-roaring adventure, and monster movie conventions, 1 hr, 37 m. Rated PG. Free to…

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Ancient. Massive. Wild. – The Bison Exhibit Special Exhibition Tour

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Meets at Canyon Princess (cougar sculpture in West Hallway) For thousands of years, millions of bison roamed the plains of North America. By 1890 there were fewer than 300. Explore the meaning and significance of this iconic creature, from the Plains Indian culture of the 1800’s through commercial and national symbol of present. Discover the dramatic changes that occurred to the bison, its habitat, and to the people who depended upon it for their daily…

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April 2019

Brown Bag Lunch Series: The Buffalo War

Noon – 1:00 p.m. Dub and Mozelle Richardson Theater Michael Grauer, McCasland Chair of Cowboy Culture, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, shares a multi-cultural and much-layered story involving Native Americans, Anglo Americans, African Americans, and Hispanic Americans. This collision of cultures revolved around the conscious destruction of the American bison as a lifeways resource for native peoples and as a product for the Industrial Revolution. Bring your lunch or purchase one at The Museum Grill. Reservations are not required.…

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Home School Day

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. The National Cowboy Museum has planned an exciting day of learning and exploring the new exhibition Ancient. Massive. Wild. - The Bison Exhibit. Families can explore the meaning and significance of the iconic bison from the Plains Indian culture of the 1800s through the commercial and national symbol of the present. Use your imagination in the Interactive Education Gallery and hear from the Museum's Curator of Ethnology and Curator of Cowboy Collections and Western Art.…

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Saturdays for Kids: Bison Tales

10:00 a.m. – Noon Museum Hallway and Galleries The bison were once essential to the lives of many Plains Indians. Hear intriguing tales about bison and other Western wildlife and create a craft to take home. Stories begin at 10:15, 10:45, 11:15 and 11:45 a.m. Free for children and accompanying adults.   This program is made possible, in part, with support from the Robert Glenn Rapp Foundation.

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Spring Garden Tour

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Museum Gardens Museum docents offer a tour of the Museum Gardens. Enjoy the plethora of plants and flowers native to the American West. Learn about the land in which the story of the West is rooted. Leave plenty of time to check out The Museum Store! Free to Museum members or with Museum admission. Weather permitting.

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Ancient. Massive. Wild. – The Bison Exhibit Special Exhibition Tour

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Meets at Canyon Princess (cougar sculpture in West Hallway) For thousands of years, millions of bison roamed the plains of North America. By 1890 there were fewer than 300. Explore the meaning and significance of this iconic creature, from the Plains Indian culture of the 1800’s through commercial and national symbol of present. Discover the dramatic changes that occurred to the bison, its habitat, and to the people who depended upon it for their daily…

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Ancient. Massive. Wild. – The Bison Exhibit Special Exhibition Tour

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Meets at Canyon Princess (cougar sculpture in West Hallway) For thousands of years, millions of bison roamed the plains of North America. By 1890 there were fewer than 300. Explore the meaning and significance of this iconic creature, from the Plains Indian culture of the 1800’s through commercial and national symbol of present. Discover the dramatic changes that occurred to the bison, its habitat, and to the people who depended upon it for their daily…

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Spring Garden Tour

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Museum Gardens Museum docents offer a tour of the Museum Gardens. Enjoy the plethora of plants and flowers native to the American West. Learn about the land in which the story of the West is rooted. Leave plenty of time to check out The Museum Store! Free to Museum members or with Museum admission. Weather permitting.

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Ancient. Massive. Wild. – The Bison Exhibit Special Exhibition Tour

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Meets at Canyon Princess (cougar sculpture in West Hallway) For thousands of years, millions of bison roamed the plains of North America. By 1890 there were fewer than 300. Explore the meaning and significance of this iconic creature, from the Plains Indian culture of the 1800’s through commercial and national symbol of present. Discover the dramatic changes that occurred to the bison, its habitat, and to the people who depended upon it for their daily…

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Ancient. Massive. Wild. – The Bison Exhibit. Special Exhibition Tour

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Meets at Canyon Princess (cougar sculpture in West Hallway) For thousands of years, millions of bison roamed the plains of North America. By 1890 there were fewer than 300. Explore the meaning and significance of this iconic creature, from the Plains Indian culture of the 1800’s through commercial and national symbol of present. Discover the dramatic changes that occurred to the bison, its habitat, and to the people who depended upon it for their daily…

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Plein Air Paint Out

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Museum Gardens Be a part of this plein air paint out. Pull out your paints, pastels, and pencils, set up an easel, and join other art lovers in the Museum’s beautiful gardens. Bring your own art materials to capture a trail, scenic vista, portrait, or water scene! Free to Museum members or with Museum admission.

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Spring Garden Tour

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Museum Gardens Museum docents offer a tour of the Museum Gardens. Enjoy the plethora of plants and flowers native to the American West. Learn about the land in which the story of the West is rooted. Leave plenty of time to check out The Museum Store! Free to Museum members or with Museum admission. Weather permitting.

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Ancient. Massive. Wild. – The Bison Exhibit Special Exhibition Tour

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Meets at Canyon Princess (cougar sculpture in West Hallway) For thousands of years, millions of bison roamed the plains of North America. By 1890 there were fewer than 300. Explore the meaning and significance of this iconic creature, from the Plains Indian culture of the 1800’s through commercial and national symbol of present. Discover the dramatic changes that occurred to the bison, its habitat, and to the people who depended upon it for their daily…

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Easter Buffet by The Petroleum Club of Oklahoma City

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11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Adults, $36.00 per person, includes tax and gratuity Children ages 5-10, $18.00 Ages 4 & under, no charge Includes Museum Admission ($12.50 value)   Easter Buffet by the Petroleum Club Menu Entrees Grilled Salmon with Lemon Caper Sauce Roasted Sliced Lamb with Garlic and Oregano Fried Chicken Balsamic Glazed Chicken Breast on a Bed of Lentils Pulled Pork with BBQ Sauce Macaroni-Cheese Alfredo Honey Glazed Ham & Turkey Carving Station   Sides Twice Baked Mashed…

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Ancient. Massive. Wild. – The Bison Exhibit Special Exhibition Tour

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Meets at Canyon Princess (cougar sculpture in West Hallway) For thousands of years, millions of bison roamed the plains of North America. By 1890 there were fewer than 300. Explore the meaning and significance of this iconic creature, from the Plains Indian culture of the 1800’s through commercial and national symbol of present. Discover the dramatic changes that occurred to the bison, its habitat, and to the people who depended upon it for their daily…

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Ancient. Massive. Wild. – The Bison Exhibit Special Exhibition Tour

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Meets at Canyon Princess (cougar sculpture in West Hallway) For thousands of years, millions of bison roamed the plains of North America. By 1890 there were fewer than 300. Explore the meaning and significance of this iconic creature, from the Plains Indian culture of the 1800’s through commercial and national symbol of present. Discover the dramatic changes that occurred to the bison, its habitat, and to the people who depended upon it for their daily…

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Ancient. Massive. Wild. – The Bison Exhibit Special Exhibition Tour

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Meets at Canyon Princess (cougar sculpture in West Hallway) For thousands of years, millions of bison roamed the plains of North America. By 1890 there were fewer than 300. Explore the meaning and significance of this iconic creature, from the Plains Indian culture of the 1800’s through commercial and national symbol of present. Discover the dramatic changes that occurred to the bison, its habitat, and to the people who depended upon it for their daily…

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May 2019

Saturday for Kids: Oklahoma Animals

Classrooms A & B 10:00 a.m. – Noon Meet Oklahoma animals at a special 45-minute presentation by the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Gardens at 10:15 a.m. Following the presentation, make a fun animal craft and see what animals you can find represented in the Museum’s art collection. 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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Ancient. Massive. Wild. – The Bison Exhibit Special Exhibition Tour

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Meets at Canyon Princess (cougar sculpture in West Hallway) For thousands of years, millions of bison roamed the plains of North America. By 1890 there were fewer than 300. Explore the meaning and significance of this iconic creature, from the Plains Indian culture of the 1800’s through commercial and national symbol of present. Discover the dramatic changes that occurred to the bison, its habitat, and to the people who depended upon it for their daily…

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Ancient. Massive. Wild. – The Bison Exhibit Special Exhibition Tour

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Meets at Canyon Princess (cougar sculpture in West Hallway) For thousands of years, millions of bison roamed the plains of North America. By 1890 there were fewer than 300. Explore the meaning and significance of this iconic creature, from the Plains Indian culture of the 1800’s through commercial and national symbol of present. Discover the dramatic changes that occurred to the bison, its habitat, and to the people who depended upon it for their daily…

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Living History Performance: Winning the West: Teddy Roosevelt

Join Teddy Roosevelt as he tells the story of his travels to the West, and how his time here changed his life from a thin, young city slicker to a robust and adventurous cowboy. Stories included encounters with wild people and animals and how these experiences gave him the insight and courage to protect and preserve the West. Free admission to program and Museum for students and chaperones (1 to 7 students). Program runs one hour and includes time for…

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Roam the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve

Bison by Harvey Payne, The Nature Conservancy.  8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Join the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum for a special day trip to the serene and picturesque Tallgrass Prairie Preserve guided by Oklahoma Nature Conservancy Communications Relations Coordinator Harvey Payne. Discover the largest protected remnant of tallgrass prairie left on earth, home to the imperiled prairie chicken, more than 700 plant species, and 2,200 wild bison. Coinciding with the birth of baby bison in their natural habitat,…

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Ancient. Massive. Wild. – The Bison Exhibit Special Exhibition Tour

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Meets at Canyon Princess (cougar sculpture in West Hallway) For thousands of years, millions of bison roamed the plains of North America. By 1890 there were fewer than 300. Explore the meaning and significance of this iconic creature, from the Plains Indian culture of the 1800’s through commercial and national symbol of present. Discover the dramatic changes that occurred to the bison, its habitat, and to the people who depended upon it for their daily…

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Signature Tour

1:00 p.m. – 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 American Indians and mountain men, and learn about frontier military life. Round out the tour with a look at the evolution of the cowboy, from the range to their portrayal in film and pop culture.…

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Signature Tour

1:00 p.m. – 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 American Indians and mountain men, and learn about frontier military life. Round out the tour with a look at the evolution of the cowboy, from the range to their portrayal in film and pop culture.…

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June 2019

Saturdays for Kids: Cowboy Life

Lincoln Hallway 10:00 a.m. – Noon Cowboy life was not all about taking care of cattle. Out on the range or on long cattle drives, cowboys also had to take care of themselves. Discover how they cared for their day-to-day needs and what they did for entertainment. 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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Prix de West Workshop: Painting Atmosphere and Reflective Light

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Museum Classrooms Dan Mieduch has painted for more than 40 years. He will demonstrate his special technique for capturing a subject and creating a feeling of air and depth of field. He teaches principles of reflected light using pops of color, and reveals what he calls an “easy” way to infuse paintings with life and sparkle. Students are encouraged to bring previous work for Mieduch to transform by brightening and adding his unique touch. Skill…

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Prix de West Art Moments

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Enjoy a variety of 10-minute spotlight talks throughout the galleries to introduce different works by contemporary artists associated with the current Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale, as well as works by Prix de West artists in the Museum’s permanent collection. Browse the galleries and hold casual conversations with Museum docents. Art Moments focusing on Prix de West artists are held June 7, 8, and 9. Free to Museum members and Prix de West patrons, or with Museum…

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Art & Food Trucks

Noon – 2:00 p.m. Hungry for local cuisine and a look at the 2019 Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale? Enjoy a variety of food trucks and shop The Museum Store. Join Prix de West-themed Art Moments—10-minute spotlight talks offered by Museum docents. 

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Prix de West Art Moments

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Enjoy a variety of 10-minute spotlight talks throughout the galleries to introduce different works by contemporary artists associated with the current Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale, as well as works by Prix de West artists in the Museum’s permanent collection. Browse the galleries and hold casual conversations with Museum docents. Art Moments focusing on Prix de West artists are held June 7, 8, and 9. Free to Museum members and Prix de West…

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Prix de West Workshop: Painting the Canyons of the West

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Museum Classrooms Western painter G. Russell Case is inspired by nature, with its simple shapes, hard lines, and shadows. His landscapes are compositions that combine the natural world’s beauty with the rich imagination and originality of an artist’s mind. Case will focus on basic landscape approaches with an emphasis on the Western canyons as the subject. Students may use landscapes of their choice. Skill level: beginner to advanced. $480 per person; $400 per Museum member.…

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Summer Signature Tour

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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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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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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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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 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. "Roadside" photo-ops will be scattered…

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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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National Day of the Cowboy

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Join in a fun day of cowboy-themed activities like rope making and bandanna decorating as the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum celebrates National Day of the Cowboy. Sample sarsaparilla and delicious jerky courtesy of G.O.A.T. Beef Jerky Company. Enjoy pony hop races in the Special Events Center. Cowboy Jim Garling will serenade visitors and Cowboy Mike will be on hand to discuss the life of a cow poke. Activities are free with Museum admission and free for members. While…

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August 2019

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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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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Wide Open Wednesdays

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FREE admission on Wide Open Wednesdays courtesy of the Oklahoma Ford Dealers!

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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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October 2019

Kids Take Over The Cowboy: Little Buckaroos Round-up

Kids Take Over The Cowboy: Little Buckaroos Round-Up/ 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, roping,…

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Michael Naranjo Touchable Art Experience and Panel Discussion

Michael Naranjo, a blind Native American sculptor and Vietnam War veteran, is visiting the Museum to touch The End of the Trail. Naranjo will use his sense of touch to experience the larger-than-life plaster sculpture James Earle Fraser created in 1915 depicting a Native American warrior slumped over his weary horse. The experience will be filmed as part of a documentary being produced on Naranjo's life and career titled Dream Touch Believe.    10:00 - 11:30 a.m. - The End of…

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November 2019

Kids Take Over The Cowboy, Colors of Clay  Celebration

10:00 a.m. – Noon Lincoln Hallway Enjoy storytelling, crafts and create clay coasters utilizing one of three traditional designs featured in the Colors of Clay exhibition. 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 Class is full, email info@nationalcowboymuseum.org to be added to…

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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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Holiday Wine-Down

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December 3 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Located in the Museum Lobby Relax from the stresses of the holidays! Visit the Museum for a Holiday Wine-Down painting class under instruction from Wine & Palette. Wine & Palette lead a fun painting class inspired by the floral motifs found in the exhibition Caballeros y Vaqueros. $45; $40 for Museum members. All supplies provided, including light hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. Reservations are closed.

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Kids Take Over The Cowboy: Holidays at the Museum

10:00 a.m. –1:00 p.m. Come celebrate the season with Santa in Prosperity Junction, our turn-of-the-century frontier town. Find Howe and Dee the Cowboy Elves to earn your own special badge! Get photos with Santa and drop off your wish lists Craft Western-inspired ornaments, pine cone birdfeeders, Christmas tree decorations and more Sample frontier cowboy cornbread and sarsaparilla Meet Western wildlife from the OKC Zoo's Zoomobile Interact with a cast of Western characters including Teddy Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln and Annie Oakley…

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Museum Closed – Private Event

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The Museum is closed Friday, December 20 for a private event.

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Museum Closed – Christmas Day

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The Museum is closed Christmas Day.

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Museum Grill Closed

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The Museum Grill will be closed December 30, 2019 - January 14, 2020

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January 2020

Museum Closed – New Years Day

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The Museum is closed New Years Day.

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Kids Take Over the Cowboy: Horsin’ Around

Horses have long been an important element of Western lifestyles. Celebrate these majestic animals with horse-related crafts, including a horseshoe picture frame, storytelling and a showing of Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron.

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