Programs for Adults

Learning takes place in Museums when challenging programming is integrated with exhibitions, technology and research to encourage the natural curiosity within all people. The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City strives to offer educational opportunities for all levels of learning in different mediums. Our goal is to encourage and instruct a broad audience,  to give them the tools and information to elevate their expectations and achieve their dreams.

Before enrolling please review the Registration and Cancellation Policy

Advance reservations are required for most activities. For more information email education@nationalcowboymuseum.org.

John Wayne hosting the 1965 Western Heritage Awards at the Skirvin Hotel, Oklahoma City

A Date with the Duke – Holiday Edition

December 6 @ 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 3 Godfathers (1948). Arguably one of John Wayne’s best roles, this poignant story of redemption takes place on Christmas Eve when three men rob a bank in Arizona…

Holiday Wine-Down

December 6 @ 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…

The Museum Store at the Holiday Pop-Up Shops

December 7 @ 10:00 am - December 10 @ 6:00 pm
Thursday-Saturday 10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. Sunday 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. The Museum Store is headed back to Midtown Oklahoma City for the Holiday Pop-Up Shops! Enjoy shopping local in a fun and festive atmosphere. From stocking stuffers to showstoppers, The Museum Store is here to help with your gift-giving needs. Admission is not required to shop. For…

A Kaleidoscope of the West

January 24, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Don Reeves, McCasland Chair of Cowboy Culture, concludes his 38 years of Museum service with a talk years in the making. The West can be conceptualized as a beautiful harmony. The individual notes and melodies, like points of light, form a colorful kaleidoscope that is Western Heritage — a heritage influenced by the National Cowboy…

TCAA Leather Working Workshop

February 12, 2018 @ 9:00 am - February 14, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
February 12 – 14, 2018 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. TCAA members Pedro Pedrini and Troy West claim whether you call it leather carving, tooling, or stamping, you can hone your skills with the comprehensive workshop they are presenting. This hands-on workshop, held February 12 – 14, 2018, in the Museum’s Nona Jean Hulsey Rumsey Art Education…

Beer and Bierstadt

March 9, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Celebrate the return of Albert Bierstadt’s preeminent Emigrants Crossing the Plains. On loan to a traveling exhibition for more than a year, Emigrants reflects the American West’s grandiose size and spectacle. Spend the evening getting to know Bierstadt better while paying homage to his German roots. Alison Fields, Mary Lou Milner Carver Professor of Art…

Western Heritage Awards

April 13, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
April 13 – 14, 2018 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…

Western Heritage Awards

April 14, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
April 13 – 14, 2018 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…

Annual Chuck Wagon Festival

May 26, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
May 26 — 27, 2018 Saturday – 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Sunday – 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Join us for this two-day, fun-filled family weekend showcasing chuck wagon food samples, a petting zoo, artisan demonstrations, bandanna decorating, leather stamping with the Oklahoma Chisholm Trail Leather Guild, live music, rope making with Ward Family Trick…

Annual Chuck Wagon Festival

May 27, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
May 26 — 27, 2018 Saturday – 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Sunday – 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Join us for this two-day, fun-filled family weekend showcasing chuck wagon food samples, a petting zoo, artisan demonstrations, bandanna decorating, leather stamping with the Oklahoma Chisholm Trail Leather Guild, live music, rope making with Ward Family Trick…

Prix de West Opening Weekend

June 8, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
  PRIX DE WEST INVITATIONAL ART EXHIBITION & SALE Opening Weekend Events Friday, June 8, through Saturday, June 9, 2018 The Museum hosts its annual exhibition of more than 300 paintings and sculpture by the finest contemporary Western artists in the nation. This premier art exhibition features works ranging from historical pieces that reflect the…

Prix de West Opening Weekend

June 9, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
  PRIX DE WEST INVITATIONAL ART EXHIBITION & SALE Opening Weekend Events Friday, June 8, through Saturday, June 9, 2018 The Museum hosts its annual exhibition of more than 300 paintings and sculpture by the finest contemporary Western artists in the nation. This premier art exhibition features works ranging from historical pieces that reflect the…

Cowboy Crossings

October 5, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Opening Weekend: October 5 – 6, 2018 Featuring the Cowboy Artists of America (CAA) 53rd Annual Sale & Exhibition and the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association (TCAA) 20th Annual Exhibition & Sale. In one of the most significant events in the world of fine art, the Museum hosts the opening weekend events and sale for two outstanding exhibitions. TCAA showcases the…

Cowboy Crossings

October 6, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Opening Weekend: October 5 – 6, 2018 Featuring the Cowboy Artists of America (CAA) 53rd Annual Sale & Exhibition and the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association (TCAA) 20th Annual Exhibition & Sale. In one of the most significant events in the world of fine art, the Museum hosts the opening weekend events and sale for two outstanding exhibitions. TCAA showcases the…

Small Works, Great Wonders

November 9, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
November 9, 2018 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…

Express Employment Professional’s 24th Annual Cowboy Christmas Ball

December 14, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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…