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In the Principles Office: Tom Ryan the Art Student

April 7 @ 10:00 am - November 11 @ 5:00 pm

Art is not easy. Even those with natural ability often attend schools and studios to learn the principles. Western artist, Tom Ryan (1922-2011), invested six years and three schools in his education; but what did he study? What was it like at the Art Students League in 1951? His lecture notes and assignments answer these questions and more. In April 2018, step into the classroom with Ryan as he takes “General Illustration” with famed teacher Frank Reilly. Learn the principles…

American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters

September 1, 2018 @ 10:00 am - May 12, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

As Lakota artist Oscar Howe wrote in 1958, “There is much more to Indian art than pretty, stylized pictures.” This exhibition highlights this depth and the 20th century American masters who shaped it. Explore early artists such as the Kiowa Six, Tonita Peña, Harrison Begay and the institutions that influenced them — particularly the University of Oklahoma and the Santa Fe Indian School. See how their art, and that of many others, was not limited to a specific medium or…

Fall Signature Tour

September 4 @ 1:00 pm - December 30 @ 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00pm on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until December 30, 2018

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…

Cowboy Crossings Opening Weekend

October 4, 2018 @ 8:00 am - January 6, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

In one of the most significant events to impact the fine art world, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum hosts the Opening Weekend event and sale for two outstanding exhibitions. The Traditional Cowboy Arts Association (TCAA) showcases the best of saddlemaking, bit and spur making, silversmithing, and rawhide braiding; while the Cowboy Artists of America (CAA) features fine art from members who celebrate the West through painting, drawing, and sculpture. The TCAA exhibition is on view through January 6,…

Yoga at the Cowboy

October 13 @ 10:00 am - October 27 @ 11:00 am
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10/13/18, 10/20/18, 10/27/18

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.

Western Movie Matinee on Wide Open Wednesdays

October 24, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - February 6, 2019 @ 2:30 pm

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. Click here to see full schedule.

Dark Command - Western Movie Matinee on Wide Open Wednesdays

October 24 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Dub and Mozelle Richardson Theater 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.  The Civil War and the Western Homefront Often described in simplistic North-versus-South terms, the American Civil War was more complicated in the West, and so was its aftermath. Removed from most of…

The Chisholm Trail

October 25 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Thursday, repeating until November 8, 2018

The Chisholm Trail inspires images of Texas Longhorn cattle, cowboys following in the dust, and the chuck wagon rattling on to the next camp. According to author J. Frank Dobie, “It initiated the greatest, the most extraordinary … migration of animals controlled by man that the world has ever known …” Discover the many misconceptions and myths about the Chisholm Trail through gallery visits, film, lectures, and reference materials. This class covers the cultural and economic impact cattle trails had…

Turn the Town Upside Down!

October 27 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Prosperity Junction Fun and fantasy abound when the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum and Oklahoma Children’s Theatre welcome friends to the transformed Prosperity Junction Western town on October 27! Begin Halloween with imaginative, kid-friendly activities. Families can sample sarsaparilla in the Silver Dollar Saloon, create a lantern, decorate pumpkins, make and name a wand, sample peppermint sticks and salt water taffy, take home an autograph journal, and more. Come in costume! You may see your favorite creatures and characters…

Wild Weather Camp

October 31 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

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).…

Western Movie Matinee on Wide Open Wednesdays

October 31 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Dub and Mozelle Richardson Theater 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. The Civil War and the Western Homefront Often described in simplistic North-versus-South terms, the American Civil War was more complicated in the West, and so was its aftermath. Removed from most of…

Bank of America Museums on Us Weekend

November 3 - November 4
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An event every month that begins at 12:00am on day First of the month, repeating indefinitely

The Museum welcomes Bank of America customers taking advantage of Museums on Us the first full weekend of every month. Any ATM, credit or check card from Bank of America provides free general admission for the cardholder. For more details visit, http://museums.bankofamerica.com/mobile

Saturdays for Kids: Journaling

November 3 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Journals and diaries help provide a glimpse into the past. Create and decorate bound journals to help you tell your story. After completing your journal, visit the galleries to sketch some of your favorite items or visit the Gardens to create leaf rubbings. Available while supplies last. Free for children and accompanying adults. For more information, email education@nationalcowboymuseum.org. Meets at Lincoln Hallway.

Bank of America Museums on Us

November 3 @ 10:00 am - November 4 @ 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until November 4, 2018

The Museum welcomes Bank of America customers taking advantage of Museums on Us the first full weekend of every month. Any ATM, credit, or check card from Bank of America provides free general admission for the cardholder. For details visit about.bankofamerica.com/en-us/global-impact/arts-and-culture.html  

Western Movie Matinee on Wide Open Wednesday

November 7 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

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. The Civil War and the Western Homefront Often described in simplistic North-versus-South terms, the American Civil War was more complicated in the West, and so was its aftermath. Removed from most of the official fighting, the Western…

Small Works, Great Wonders Winter Art Sale

November 9

Small Works, Great Wonders® features a fusion of traditional and contemporary paintings and sculptures at affordable prices. On opening night, enjoy cocktails with more than 100 of the nation’s finest artists, including many from the prestigious Prix de West. Door prizes, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and live music paired with beautiful works of art make for a truly special evening. Guests may also shop the Holiday Open House at The Museum Store. During this unique sales exhibition, purchasers may leave with art in…

Rodeo Hall of Fame Weekend

November 9 @ 4:00 pm - November 10 @ 6:30 pm

The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum and the Rodeo Historical Society host the annual Rodeo Hall of Fame Weekend celebrating rodeo legends induction into the Rodeo Hall of Fame as well as Ben Johnson Memorial Award and Tad Lucas Memorial Award recipients. Weekend events include the Rope ‘N’ Ride Cocktail Reception, Inductee Panel Discussion, Champions’ Dinner, Benefit Auction, and Induction Ceremony. Reservations for most events are required; visit nationalcowboymuseum.org/rodeoweekend.   Friday, November 9 4:00 – 6:30 p.m. Rope ‘N’…

Small Works, Great Wonders

November 9 @ 5:00 pm - November 25 @ 10:00 pm

Small Works, Great Wonders® features a fusion of traditional and contemporary paintings and sculptures at affordable prices. Enjoy cocktails with more than 100 of the nation’s finest artists, including many from the prestigious Prix de West. Door prizes, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and live music paired with beautiful works of art make for a truly special evening. Guests may also shop the Holiday Open House at The Museum Store. During this unique sales event, purchasers may leave with art in hand at the…

Western Movie Matinee on Wide Open Wednesday

November 14 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Dub and Mozelle Richardson Theater 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.   The Civil War and the Western Homefront Series Often described in simplistic North-versus-South terms, the American Civil War was more complicated in the West, and so was its aftermath. Removed from…

Oklahoma Heritage Concert

November 16 @ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm

Students can celebrate Oklahoma’s 111th birthday and watch history come to life at the National Cowboy Museum with stage performances by Rodeo Opry, using an interactive program to teach Oklahoma history, music, and culture. This educational music experience takes participants through trials and triumphs, including Native American heritage, the Dust Bowl, state symbols and famous Oklahomans. Follow the concert with self-exploration of Museum galleries; visit select gallery stations to learn more about art and the material culture encompassing the West.…

Horseplay

November 17, 2018 @ 10:00 am - July 14, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

The Museum’s Dickinson Research Center is home to more than 700,000 photographs, 44,000 books, and perhaps unexpectedly, at least 1,000 horses. Meet some of the herd in Horseplay, the new exhibition featuring Tom Lovell’s sketches and studies of this Western icon. The rarely seen prep work reveals how Lovell developed ideas and practiced movement, anatomy, proportion, and personality. Watch horses take shape across mediums and styles. From abstract to realistic, pencil to pastel, small-scale to large, no two are alike.…

Ante Up!

November 29 @ 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

An excitement-filled evening of casino games, live music, spirits, and food, Ante Up! will not only entertain the public, but also support the Museum's public education programs. The event begins at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 29, 2018. Set in an Old West saloon atmosphere, Ante Up! will offer attendees a casual evening of true Western fun, including games of chance like poker, blackjack, and roulette, and live musical entertainment. A full bar, craft beers, and three separate food stations…

Saturdays for Kids: Holidays at the Museum

December 1 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Prosperity Junction, Classrooms, Galleries Celebrate the holidays in Prosperity Junction, the Museum’s turn-of-the-century frontier town. Make Western-inspired ornaments, pinecone birdfeeders, and decorations, meet historical Western figures, sample frontier food, and mosey up to the sarsaparilla bar before dropping off your holiday wish list with Santa! Find Howe and Dee the Cowboy Elves to earn a special badge. Free for children and accompanying adults. For more information, email education@nationalcowboymuseum.org.

Volunteer Recognition Luncheon

December 10 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

The Museum’s success depends, in part, on the dedication and service of volunteers. Their roles are as diverse as their knowledge and expertise. Guests experience the West through relevant, meaningful stories shared by volunteers. To recognize and celebrate their efforts, Dr. Lois Ellen Frank, a New Mexico based chef, author, Native foods historian, and photographer, will deliver a keynote address based on her research. Invitation only. For information about becoming a Museum Volunteer, visit nationalcowboymuseum.org/volunteer.  

Lois Ellen Frank Book Signing

December 10 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Dr. Lois Ellen Frank joins the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s Museum Store to celebrate her cookbook Foods of the Southwest Indian Nations featuring traditional and contemporary recipes. Dr. Frank, a Santa Fe, New Mexico-based chef, author, photographer, and Native foods historian is from the Kiowa Nation on her mother’s side and Sephardic on her father’s side. She has spent more than 25 years documenting foods and life ways of Native American tribes from the Southwest. This lengthy immersion…

A Date with the Duke – Holiday Edition

December 11 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

John Wayne’s granddaughter, Anita La Cava Swift, delivers opening remarks at a special screening of El Dorado (1967) and a scrumptious buffet prepared by The Petroleum Club of Oklahoma City. The late Roger Ebert said, “El Dorado is a tightly directed, humorous, altogether successful Western, turned out almost effortlessly, it would seem, by three old pros: John Wayne, Robert Mitchum and director Howard Hawks.” Cole Thornton, a gunfighter for hire, joins forces with an old friend, Sheriff J.P. Hara. Together…

Educators After Hours: Indian Boarding Schools

December 11 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Socialize after hours during a free K – 12 professional development session at the National Cowboy Museum. Watch the PBS documentary Unspoken: America’s Native American Boarding Schools, and join in discussion about the film with Dr. Patricia Loughlin, Professor of History at the University of Central Oklahoma. Click here to learn more and to register.  

Educators After Hours: Indian Boarding Schools

December 11 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Socialize after hours during a free K – 12 professional development session at the National Cowboy Museum. Participants will: Watch the PBS documentary Unspoken: America’s Native American Boarding Schools Discuss the documentary with Dr. Patricia Loughlin, Professor of History at the University of Central Oklahoma Investigate Museum collections and exhibits Obtain 2.5 hours of professional development Participating teachers receive: Museum admission for the event Hors d’oeuvres and cash bar Time to socialize with other Oklahoma educators   This event is…

Holiday Wine-Down

December 11 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Relax from the stresses of the holidays! Visit the Museum for a Holiday Wine-Down painting class under instruction from Wine & Palette. While here, get a jump on holiday shopping in a festive environment at The Museum Store. $45; $40 for Museum members. All supplies provided, including light hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. Reservations required by December 6; register at Register Now

Express Employment Professional’s 24th Annual Cowboy Christmas Ball

December 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

December 14, 2018 7:00 p.m. Presented by Express Employment Professionals, the 24th annual yuletide dance features Michael Martin Murphey headlining an evening of entertainment for the entire family. An alcohol-free event with more than enough spirit coming from the combination of a bountiful home-cooked dinner buffet, traditional Western songs and dances dating back more than 100 years, and an unforgettable visit from Santa. Reserve Now (Museum Member)                             …

Winter Break Drop-In Activities

December 17 @ 8:00 am - December 24 @ 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 8:00am on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, repeating until December 31, 2018

Various Museum Locations It is Winter Break across Oklahoma! Load up the family and explore the Museum using family friendly Museum Quests to visit the galleries and Prosperity Junction, the Museum’s turn-of-the-century frontier town. Find and assemble giant floor puzzles and strike your best pose at the Selfie Stations. Create at the Activity Tables for a special make-and-take, and locate Howe & Dee, the Museum’s very own cowboy elves. Free with Museum admission, while supplies last. Excluding Christmas Day. Activity Tables…

Weather in the West - Saturdays for Kids

January 5, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Lincoln Hallway 10 a.m. – Noon Western weather can be wild! Tornadoes, hail, blizzards, and extreme temperatures are just a few of the elements that impact humans and animals living there. Make a tornado in a bottle and participate in other weather-related activities. Free for children and accompanying adults. Available while supplies last.

A Date with the Duke: In Old Oklahoma (1943)

January 11, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Guests can whet their appetites with a cash bar and scrumptious buffet prepared by The Petroleum Club of Oklahoma City while watching a special film screening of In Old Oklahoma (1943). Michael R. Grauer, the Museum’s new McCasland Curator of Cowboy Culture, introduces the story of the oil boom when school teacher Martha Scott comes to Sapulpa, Oklahoma, and witnesses a conflict between cowboy John Wayne and oilman Albert Dekker. In the new oil economy, some attitudes may have changed…

The Bison Exhibit

February 8, 2019 @ 8:00 am - May 12, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

ANCIENT. MASSIVE. WILD. February 8 - May 12, 2019 Few animals conjure the power and symbolic presence of the North American bison. Whether painted on a tipi or an artist’s canvas, minted on a nickel, or seen grazing in Yellowstone National Park, the image of the bison stirs in us deep loyalties to the North American landscape. Wild and fundamental, the bison is a familiar part of our shared heritage. This exhibition explores the meaning and significance of this iconic…

Home on the Range Dinner and Film Screening

February 15, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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 quickly made its way along cattle trails to cow towns, gaining national popularity with the advent of radio. The film stars Buck Taylor and features various recordings, from the rock group Kansas to cowboy singer Michael Martin Murphey. View the trailer at http://www.lonechimneyfilms.org/#home-on-the-range-trailer. Put on your cowboy boots for this…

Roam the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve

May 8, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

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, the bus will explore the bison loop and the cabin of Osage…

The 47th annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale

June 7, 2019 @ 10:00 am - August 11, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum hosts a prestigious invitational art exhibition of more than 300 Western paintings and sculpture by the finest contemporary Western artists in the nation with art seminars, receptions, and awards. The exhibiting artists bring a diversity of styles to this significant art exhibition and sale. Works range from historical pieces that reflect the early days of the West, to more contemporary and impressionistic works of art. Landscapes, wildlife, and illustrative scenes are always highlighted…

Spiro and the Native American Art of the Mississippian World

February 1, 2021 @ 10:00 am - April 28, 2021 @ 5:00 pm

The Spiro people, and their Mississippian peers, are nearly forgotten in the pages of North American history, yet they created one of the most exceptional and highly developed societies in all of the Americas. This exhibition explores the archaeological and historical data connecting the Spiro site and its people to other communities throughout North and Central America, and offers an interpretation into the nature of their community, religious activities, farming and hunting practices, and daily life.  The exhibition also shows…

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