In support of the nationwide effort to contain the spread of COVID-19, and in accordance with recommendations from local and national health officials, the Museum will be closed to the public effective March 17, 2020. The Museum is tentatively scheduled to reopen to the public on May 1.
Special programming for the month of March is cancelled. The Museum will postpone the 60th Anniversary Western Heritage Awards, previously scheduled for April 17-18. The Awards will now be presented in conjunction with the Traditional Cowboy Arts Exhibition & Sale on October 2-3, 2020.
“This was a difficult decision to make, but the health and safety of our visitors, volunteers and staff is our top concern,” said Natalie Shirley, Museum president. “We think we’ve been able to make the most of a tough situation by combining these two premier events. Guests will now have a unique opportunity to experience some of the best in Western art and culture in one weekend.”
The Traditional Cowboy Arts Association (TCAA) has been a partner with the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum and home to their annual exhibition for several years. The TCAA is dedicated to preserving and promoting the skills of saddlemaking, bit and spur making, silversmithing and rawhide braiding. The pieces they create for the annual exhibition are regarded as highly collectible and are offered for sale during a special opening event.
All other events and activities for the year are currently set to continue as scheduled, but any changes to our programming will be posted here and on our event calendar. Those with questions concerning external events hosted in our meeting facilities by outside groups should contact the hosting organization for any event status updates.
We will continue to monitor updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Oklahoma State Department of Health. Should any additional changes to our hours of operation or programming be necessary, updates will be posted here and on our social platforms.
[Updated: April 2, 2020]