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Signature Tour

December 8 @ 1:00 pm - December 15 @ 2:00 pm
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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…

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…

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)                             …

Docent-Guided Signature Tour

January 5, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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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.…

Docent-Guided Signature Tour

January 6, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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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.…

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…

Read the West Book Club: The Coming

January 13, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

1:00 p.m.  -  2:15 p.m. S.B. "Burk" Burnett Board Room The Coming is an epic novel of native-white relations in North America, intimately told through the life of Daytime Smoke - the real-life red-haired son of William Clark and a Nez Perce woman. Capturing the trajectory experienced by so many native peoples - from friendship and cooperation to betrayal, war, and genocide - this sweeping novel, with its large cast of characters and vast geography, braids historical events with the…

Hearts for Art

February 1, 2019 @ 10:00 am - February 14, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until February 14, 2019

Open Museum Hours All Galleries One day to celebrate love in 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…

Hearts for Art

February 3, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00pm on Sunday, repeating until February 11, 2019

Sunday noon - 5:00 p.m. All Galleries One day to celebrate love in 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…

Ancient. Massive. Wild. - The Bison Exhibit

February 8, 2019 @ 10:00 am - May 12, 2019 @ 5:00 pm

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 creature from…

Ancient. Massive. Wild. - The Bison Exhibit Opening Weekend Celebration

February 9, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

10:00 a.m.  – Noon Museum Galleries Let’s get this stampede started! There is a herd on 63rd and you’re invited! Join the Thunder’s Rumble the Bison at the community opening of Ancient. Massive. Wild - 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…

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

February 10, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

1:00 – 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 West, Americans…

Home on the Range Dinner and Film Screening

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

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…

Special Exhibition Tours

February 16, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Saturday & Sundays 1:00 p.m. Museum docents offer 45-minute tours of the spring exhibitions. Free to Museum members or Museum admission. No reservations required.

Wild Wits Trivia Night

February 16, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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 know. 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+ years old. Tickets are $10. Register Now!

Introduction to Blacksmithing - Traditional Cowboy Arts Association Workshop

February 20, 2019 @ 9:00 am - February 22, 2019 @ 4:00 pm

February 20 – 22, 2019 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…

The Bison as American Icon

February 21, 2019 @ 9:30 am - March 28, 2019 @ 11:30 am
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9:30 – 11:30 a.m. Dub and Mozelle Richardson Theater Few animals conjure the power and symbolic presence of the North American bison. Wild and fundamental, the bison is a familiar part of our shared heritage. Explore the National Cowboy Museum’s newest exhibition through lively lectures, exhibition tours, a reading and discussion program, and an award-winning documentary film. Register at: education.okstate.edu/olli, or call (405) 744-5868.     February 21 Lecture: The American Bison: Past, Present, and Future James H. Shaw, Ph.D.,…

Oklahoma Heritage Concert

February 21, 2019 @ 10:30 am

Special Events Center 10:30 a.m. Students can celebrate the 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 up the concert with self-exploration of Museum galleries. Visit select gallery stations to learn more about art…

Bison and Beer Paint Night

February 22, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

6:00 – 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…

The Bison as Popular Icon - Brown Bag Lunch Series

February 28, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Noon – 1:00 p.m. Dub and Mozelle Richardson Theater Nathan Jones, Associate Curator of Cowboy Culture, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, discusses the impact of the bison as a popular icon. Tracing a story that spans millennia using artifacts and other documentary sources, Jones tells the story of an animal that has been a central symbol to Western identity. From cave paintings to currency, see how both the bison’s presence and absence has shaped our cultures. Bring your lunch…

Bison Film Fest: Bless The Beasts & Children (1971)

March 2, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

2:00 p.m. Dub and Mozelle Richardson Theater Director Stanley Kramer brings to the screen the important story of six wealthy misfits who, while attending a summer riding camp, set out to free a herd of buffalo scheduled to be shot the next day. The boys find their lives turned around by Cotton, who, in a hot-wired pickup, challenges them to join efforts to save a herd of buffalo and rediscover themselves in the process. 1 h, 41 m, PG. Free…

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

March 7, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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…

Read the West Book Club: Betrayal at the Buffalo Ranch

March 10, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

1:00 – 2:15 p.m. S.B. “Burk” Burnett Board Room When Angus Clyborn’s Buffalo Ranch opens in Cherokee country, murder, thievery, and a missing white buffalo calf take Sadie Walela and her wolfdog on a dangerous and wild ride. The publication is available in The Museum Store (15% discount for Museum members). The Read the West Book Club meets once a month in January, February, and March. Cost for the series is $25, $20 for Museum members, and includes refreshments and…

The Destruction of the American Bison - Brown Bag Lunch Series

March 14, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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…

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

March 14, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

5:00 – 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…

Bison Film Fest: Buffalo Dreams (2005)

March 16, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

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…

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

March 21, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Noon – 1:00 p.m. Lecture: Buffalo Wars Michael R. Grauer, McCasland Curator of Cowboy Culture, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum Bio: Michael R. Grauer comes to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum from the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in Amarillo, Texas where he directed the curatorial staff and was Curator of Art and Western Heritage. Grauer oversaw collections of art, weapons, military objects, sports, cowboy, and ranching life. Born in Kansas City, Kansas, he received a bachelor’s degree with…

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

March 23, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

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.…

Bison Film Fest: The White Buffalo (1977)

March 30, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

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…

Teddy Roosevelt: The Cowboy President and the Return of the Bison

May 6, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

5:30 – 8:30 p.m. S.B. “Burk” Burnett Board Room Enjoy a first person presentation with Teddy Roosevelt as he discusses his travels to the Dakotas to find bison “before they were all gone.” He tells the story of how his time in the West changed his life, from a thin, young city slicker to a robust and adventurous cowboy. Stories include saloon fights, encounters with wild people and animals, and how these experiences gave him the insight and courage to protect and preserve…

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…

Special Exhibition Tours

May 11, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Saturday & Sundays 1:00 p.m. Museum docents offer 45-minute tours of the spring exhibitions. Free to Museum members or Museum admission. No reservations required.

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