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Hearts for Art

February 4 @ 10:00 am - February 17 @ 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…

Ancient. Massive. Wild. - The Bison Exhibit

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

Ancient. Massive. Wild. - The Bison Exhibit https://youtu.be/iVOWe6nVU2g Museum Galleries 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…

Special Exhibition Tours

February 17 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 1:00pm on Sunday, repeating until May 11, 2019

An event every week that begins at 1:00pm on Saturday, repeating until February 17, 2019

An event every week that begins at 1:00pm on Saturday, repeating until May 5, 2019

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.

Introduction to Blacksmithing - Traditional Cowboy Arts Association Workshop

February 20 @ 9:00 am - February 22 @ 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 @ 9:30 am - March 28 @ 11:30 am
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An event every week that begins at 9:30am on Thursday, repeating until February 28, 2019

An event every week that begins at 9:30am on Thursday, repeating until March 7, 2019

An event every week that begins at 9:30am on Thursday, repeating until March 14, 2019

An event every week that begins at 9:30am on Thursday, repeating until March 21, 2019

An event every week that begins at 9:30am on Thursday, repeating until March 28, 2019

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 @ 10:30 am

Special Events Center 10:30 a.m. 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 and the material culture encompassing the West. Free…

Saloon Series

February 21 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Prosperity Junction 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Join the Museum for a unique happy hour experience. Guests will enjoy new and exciting themed drinks while mingling in a saloon themed atmosphere. Admission is $25 at the door and includes a drink flight, tasting class, featured cocktail, hors d'oeuvre and live music. Patrons must be 21 years or older to enter. Drink flight includes: Longbranch Whiskey Redemption Whiskey - Deutsch Wines and Spirits 1792 Small Bath - Sazerac Whiskey provided by:

Bison and Beer Paint Night

February 22 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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.…

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

March 23 @ 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.…

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

March 28 @ 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? 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…

Bison Film Fest: The White Buffalo (1977)

March 30 @ 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…

The Buffalo War: Brown Bag Lunch Series

April 4 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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.…

Spring Garden Tour

April 6 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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One event on April 13, 2019 at 10:00am

One event on April 20, 2019 at 10:00am

One event on April 27, 2019 at 10:00am

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.

2019 Western Heritage Awards

April 12 @ 5:30 pm - April 13 @ 9:00 pm

59th Annual Western Heritage Awards April 12 – 13, 2019             The Museum’s Western Heritage Awards was established in 1961 as the pinnacle commemoration of the American West by honoring the legacy of men and women for their works in literature, music, film, and television. The evening includes the induction of individuals into the Hall of Great Western Performers and the Hall of Great Westerners who made extraordinary contributions to shaping the American West’s rich heritage. The evening continues with…

Plein Air Paint Out

April 14 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

1:00 – 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.

Prairie-to-Table Dining at the Cowboy

April 18 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Western States Plaza and Gardens (Rain back-up location: S.B. “Burk” Burnett Board Room) Join Museum President & CEO Natalie Shirley and experience flavors of the American West through great food and drink. The special prairie-themed menu is prepared and presented by the Petroleum Club of Oklahoma City. Cash bar. $65, $55 for Museum members. Reservations required; register by April 12 at Register now! Appetizer: Paleo chili with sour cream and green onions Salad: Arugula, cactus, avocado, roasted…

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

May 7 @ 10:30 am

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 @ 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 @ 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.

Prix de West Workshop: Painting Atmosphere and Reflected Light

June 3 @ 9:00 am - June 6 @ 4:00 pm

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…

Prix de West Workshop: Painting the Canyons of the West

June 10 @ 9:00 am - June 13 @ 4:00 pm

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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