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.

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…

Have Your Cake and Eat it, too!

April 28 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Inspired by the thick, impasto-style works of Theodore Waddell, area pastry chefs release their inner abstract artist and create delectable and sometimes outrageous cakes. Stroll the gallery to view the culinary creations next to painting that inspired them. Guests can vote for their favorite cake. At 2:00 p.m., discover which creation “takes the cake” (the…

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 Art Moments

June 8 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Enjoy a variety of 10-minute spotlight talks throughout the galleries to introduce different works by contemporary artists associated with the current Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale, as well as works by Prix de West artists in the Museum’s permanent collection. Browse the galleries and hold casual conversations with Museum docents. Art Moments…

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 Art Moments

June 9 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Enjoy a variety of 10-minute spotlight talks throughout the galleries to introduce different works by contemporary artists associated with the current Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale, as well as works by Prix de West artists in the Museum’s permanent collection. Browse the galleries and hold casual conversations with Museum docents. Art Moments…

Art & Food Trucks

June 10 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Hungry for local cuisine and a look at the 2018 Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale? Enjoy a variety of food trucks, The Museum Store’s Trunk Show, and special Prix de West-themed Art Moments, 10-minute spotlight talks offered by Museum docents aimed at introducing different works, including the 2018 Prix de West winners….

Prix de West Art Moments

June 10 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Enjoy a variety of 10-minute spotlight talks throughout the galleries to introduce different works by contemporary artists associated with the current Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale, as well as works by Prix de West artists in the Museum’s permanent collection. Browse the galleries and hold casual conversations with Museum docents. Art Moments…

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…

Art Moments Dads will Love

June 17 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Happy Father’s Day! Browse the galleries for a variety of 10-minute talks spotlighting various works in the Museum’s temporary exhibitions or permanent collection that dads will enjoy. Tour the galleries and hold casual conversations with Museum docents. Free to dads and Museum members, or with Museum admission.

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

A Date with the Duke - Summer Edition

July 26 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  John Wayne’s granddaughter, Anita La Cava Swift, joins us for opening remarks at a special screening of The Comancheros (1961). After his partner is killed, aging Texas Ranger Jake Cutter (John Wayne) is assigned to capture gambler Paul Regret (Stuart Whitman), a condemned prisoner who managed to escape hanging, and return him to Louisiana…

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…