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.

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

Docent-Guided Signature Tour

January 6 @ 1:00 pm - February 25 @ 2:00 pm
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…

Unlocking the West [OLLI-OSU morning class]

February 22 @ 10:30 am - March 29 @ 12:30 pm
The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s Glenn D. Shirley Western Americana Collection is a treasure trove of documents, photographs, movie memorabilia, books, and magazines. This series provides an overview about this fascinating collection in storage and online and showcases the art of paperback book covers for western tales of cowboys, villains, duels, and danger….

Lewis & Clark Revisited [OLLI-OSU afternoon class]

February 22 @ 1:30 pm - March 29 @ 3:30 pm
Instructor: Western historian and educator Luann Sewell Waters.   The journey made by the Corps of Discovery, led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, is looked upon as the opening of the American West. Explore the journey through journal entries, works of art, historical photos, and more. This class, held at the National Cowboy &…

Brown Bag Lunch Series: “Over My Dead Body!”: Native Americans, Borders, and the Transnational North American West

March 7 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
When the Tohono O’odham Nation’s vice chairman whose ancestral lands span the U.S.-Mexico border, said the U.S. federal government would have to build a wall “over my dead body,” he was not just spurred to action by the Trump administration’s increased focus on the border. Instead, he was speaking on behalf of an indigenous group…

Beer and Bierstadt

March 9 @ 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…

Brown Bag Lunch Series: My West

March 14 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
For more than five decades, Theodore Waddell has pursued his passion for art. Theodore Waddell will discuss his life and art including reflections about the people and life experiences which have influenced his work throughout the years. In his artist statement he said, “I want my work to constantly change for me and for those…

The Museum Store Sidewalk Sale

March 18 - March 24
Sunday, Noon – 5:00 p.m. Monday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Shop fresh discounts as The Museum Store makes way for new items! Enjoy discounts of up to 75% off select items. Browse markdowns on books, clothing, home decor and so much more!

Read the West Book Club: Killers of the Flower Moon

March 18 @ 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
Read the West Book Club: Killers of the Flower Moon 1:00 – 2:15 p.m. S.B. “Burk” Burnett Board Room   In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent…

Brown Bag Lunch Series: The Enduring Art of Jerome Tiger

March 21 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
What makes the descriptive art of the late Jerome Tiger so compelling today? Why is his art still so collectible 50 years after his untimely death at the age of 26? M.J. Van Deventer-Shelton has studied his art for 40 years; she takes visitors on a journey of his life and the influences that shaped…

Brown Bag Lunch Series: For the Love of the Paint

March 28 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Join Jennifer Complo McNutt, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Eiteljorg Museum, as she discusses the marks artist Theodore Waddell makes and how simple strokes equal complex forms. These marks, in combination with his unique compositions, are what make his signature style. Bring your lunch or purchase one at The Museum Grill. Reservations are not…

Easter Buffet

April 1 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Provided by The Petroleum Club, the Easter Buffet features carving stations, a variety of vegetables, fresh salads, and other tempting side offerings. An extensive dessert buffet completes the menu. $35 per person includes tax, gratuity, and Museum admission, $17.50 for children ages 5 — 10, children 4 years of age and younger eat free. For…

Bank of America Museums on Us

April 7 @ 10:00 am - April 8 @ 5:00 pm
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

Spring Garden Tour

April 7 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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.

Spring Sampler Tour

April 7 @ 1:00 pm - April 8 @ 1:45 pm
Museum docents offer 45-minute tours of the spring exhibitions. Discover works by Jerome Tiger, recognized as one of the greatest Native American artists, and Theodore Waddell, whose landscapes encourage us to see and interpret things differently. Round out the tour with a peek at the Museum’s more unique collections unearthed from the vault. Leave plenty…

Murder Mystery Night: Rare and Wondrous Curiosities from the West

April 7 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Join us for a Western Murder Mystery and Dinner inspired by the exhibition Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum. Participate as a speakeasy patron, sleuth, or suspect. Watch out! You could be accused of the crime. Pizza, popcorn, and cash bar. Limited to 120 guests; $50 per person. Child care provided on-site with a…

Spring Sampler Tour

April 8 @ 1:00 pm - April 9 @ 1:45 pm
Museum docents offer 45-minute tours of the spring exhibitions. Discover works by Jerome Tiger, recognized as one of the greatest Native American artists, and Theodore Waddell, whose landscapes encourage us to see and interpret things differently. Round out the tour with a peek at the Museum’s more unique collections unearthed from the vault. Leave plenty…

Western Heritage Awards

April 13 @ 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 @ 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…

Navajo Rug Sale & Silent Auction

April 14 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Third-generation trader Jackson Clark II, owner of the respected Toh-Atin Gallery, showcases more than 100 dazzling colors, patterns, and craftsmanship in contemporary and antique weavings ranging in value from $100 to $10,000. At any time during the Silent Auction individuals may purchase a rug at 20% over the minimum if it does not have an…

Spring Garden Tour

April 14 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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.

Spring Sampler Tour

April 14 @ 1:00 pm - April 15 @ 1:45 pm
Museum docents offer 45-minute tours of the spring exhibitions. Discover works by Jerome Tiger, recognized as one of the greatest Native American artists, and Theodore Waddell, whose landscapes encourage us to see and interpret things differently. Round out the tour with a peek at the Museum’s more unique collections unearthed from the vault. Leave plenty…

Spring Sampler Tour

April 15 @ 1:00 pm - April 16 @ 1:45 pm
Museum docents offer 45-minute tours of the spring exhibitions. Discover works by Jerome Tiger, recognized as one of the greatest Native American artists, and Theodore Waddell, whose landscapes encourage us to see and interpret things differently. Round out the tour with a peek at the Museum’s more unique collections unearthed from the vault. Leave plenty…

Plein Air Paint Out

April 15 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Be a part of this plein air paint out. Pull out your paint, 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!

Garden Tour and Luncheon

April 21 @ 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
S.B. “Burk” Burnett Board Room and Museum Gardens Join National Cowboy Museum Grounds Manager Tom McBride on a tour of the gardens. Learn the “what” and “why” of select plantings and all that goes into keeping the gardens in prime condition (weather permitting). Following the tour enjoy a luncheon of tea sandwiches, salad, scones and…

Spring Garden Tour

April 21 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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.

Spring Sampler Tour

April 21 @ 1:00 pm - April 22 @ 1:45 pm
Museum docents offer 45-minute tours of the spring exhibitions. Discover works by Jerome Tiger, recognized as one of the greatest Native American artists, and Theodore Waddell, whose landscapes encourage us to see and interpret things differently. Round out the tour with a peek at the Museum’s more unique collections unearthed from the vault. Leave plenty…

Spring Sampler Tour

April 22 @ 1:00 pm - April 23 @ 1:45 pm
Museum docents offer 45-minute tours of the spring exhibitions. Discover works by Jerome Tiger, recognized as one of the greatest Native American artists, and Theodore Waddell, whose landscapes encourage us to see and interpret things differently. Round out the tour with a peek at the Museum’s more unique collections unearthed from the vault. Leave plenty…

Spring Garden Tour

April 28 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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.

Spring Sampler Tour

April 28 @ 1:00 pm - April 29 @ 1:45 pm
Museum docents offer 45-minute tours of the spring exhibitions. Discover works by Jerome Tiger, recognized as one of the greatest Native American artists, and Theodore Waddell, whose landscapes encourage us to see and interpret things differently. Round out the tour with a peek at the Museum’s more unique collections unearthed from the vault. Leave plenty…

Family Sleepover at the Museum

April 28 @ 7:00 pm - April 29 @ 8:30 am
Explore the mysteries from the vault at the Museum’s first family sleepover! Trek through the galleries after dark for a fun, hands-on evening of discovery! Each child makes a craft, gets a button, T-shirt, flashlight, and miner’s helmet. Bring a treasured object from home for “show and tell.” Watch the film, Night at the Museum…

Spring Sampler Tour

April 29 @ 1:00 pm - April 30 @ 1:45 pm
Museum docents offer 45-minute tours of the spring exhibitions. Discover works by Jerome Tiger, recognized as one of the greatest Native American artists, and Theodore Waddell, whose landscapes encourage us to see and interpret things differently. Round out the tour with a peek at the Museum’s more unique collections unearthed from the vault. Leave plenty…

Bank of America Museums on Us

May 5 @ 10:00 am - May 6 @ 5:00 pm
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

Spring Sampler Tour

May 5 @ 1:00 pm - May 6 @ 1:45 pm
Museum docents offer 45-minute tours of the spring exhibitions. Discover works by Jerome Tiger, recognized as one of the greatest Native American artists, and Theodore Waddell, whose landscapes encourage us to see and interpret things differently. Round out the tour with a peek at the Museum’s more unique collections unearthed from the vault. Leave plenty…

Spring Sampler Tour

May 6 @ 1:00 pm - May 7 @ 1:45 pm
Museum docents offer 45-minute tours of the spring exhibitions. Discover works by Jerome Tiger, recognized as one of the greatest Native American artists, and Theodore Waddell, whose landscapes encourage us to see and interpret things differently. Round out the tour with a peek at the Museum’s more unique collections unearthed from the vault. Leave plenty…

Spring Sampler Tour

May 12 @ 1:00 pm - May 13 @ 1:45 pm
Museum docents offer 45-minute tours of the spring exhibitions. Discover works by Jerome Tiger, recognized as one of the greatest Native American artists, and Theodore Waddell, whose landscapes encourage us to see and interpret things differently. Round out the tour with a peek at the Museum’s more unique collections unearthed from the vault. Leave plenty…

Mother’s Day Buffet

May 13 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Provided by The Petroleum Club, the Mother’s Day Buffet features carving stations, a variety of vegetables, fresh salads, and other tempting side offerings. An extensive dessert buffet completes the menu. $35 per person includes tax, gratuity, and Museum admission, $17.50 for children ages 5 — 10, children 4 years of age and younger eat free….

Spring Sampler Tour

May 13 @ 1:00 pm - May 14 @ 1:45 pm
Museum docents offer 45-minute tours of the spring exhibitions. Discover works by Jerome Tiger, recognized as one of the greatest Native American artists, and Theodore Waddell, whose landscapes encourage us to see and interpret things differently. Round out the tour with a peek at the Museum’s more unique collections unearthed from the vault. Leave plenty…

Docent-Guided Signature Tour

May 19 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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 American Indians and mountain men, and learn about frontier military life. Round out the tour with a look at the evolution of the cowboy,…

Docent-Guided Signature Tour

May 20 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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 American Indians and mountain men, and learn about frontier military life. Round out the tour with a look at the evolution of the cowboy,…

Annual Chuck Wagon Festival

May 26 @ 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…

Docent-Guided Signature Tour

May 26 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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 American Indians and mountain men, and learn about frontier military life. Round out the tour with a look at the evolution of the cowboy,…

Annual Chuck Wagon Festival

May 27 @ 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…

Docent-Guided Signature Tour

May 27 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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 American Indians and mountain men, and learn about frontier military life. Round out the tour with a look at the evolution of the cowboy,…

Bank of America Museums on Us

June 2 @ 10:00 am - June 3 @ 5:00 pm
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

Docent-Guided Signature Tour

June 2 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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 American Indians and mountain men, and learn about frontier military life. Round out the tour with a look at the evolution of the cowboy,…

Docent-Guided Signature Tour

June 3 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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 American Indians and mountain men, and learn about frontier military life. Round out the tour with a look at the evolution of the cowboy,…

Prix de West Workshop: Oil Painting with Gusto!

June 4 @ 9:00 am - June 7 @ 4:00 pm
June 4 – 7 Prix de West Workshop: Oil Painting with Gusto! 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Museum Classrooms Prix de West artist Greg Beecham has painted for more than 40 years. His vision is to “sculpt with paint” – that is, to paint in such a way that there is not only the illusion…

Prix de West Opening Weekend

June 8 @ 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 @ 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 Workshop: Birds in Sculpture with Sandy Scott

June 11 @ 9:00 am - June 14 @ 4:00 pm
June 11 – 14 Prix de West Workshop: Birds in Sculpture with Sandy Scott 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Classroom A & B For more than 30 years, Prix de West artist Sandy Scott has instructed bird sculpture and is recognized as one of America’s leading wildlife artists. This workshop will address bird anatomy, the…

Bank of America Museums on Us

July 7 @ 10:00 am - July 8 @ 5:00 pm
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

Bank of America Museums on Us

August 4 @ 10:00 am - August 5 @ 5:00 pm
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

Saddlemaking

October 2 @ 9:00 am - October 5 @ 4:00 pm
Saddlemaking October 2 – 5, 2018 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Classrooms A and B In conjunction with the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association’s 20th annual Exhibition & Sale, the TCAA provides a rare opportunity for four days of saddlemaking instruction by founding members Cary Schwarz and Chuck Stormes. Schwarz will cut and fit the parts…

Cowboy Crossings

October 5 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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…