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.

Western Movie Matinee on Wide Open Wednesdays

August 1 @ 1:00 pm - November 14 @ 2:30 pm
Join us for these curated selections made possible with support from an anonymous donor and Oklahoma City University’s Center for Interpersonal Studies through Film & Literature. Popcorn provided. Museum admission free to all on Wide Open Wednesdays courtesy of the Oklahoma Ford Dealers. Click here to see full schedule.

Fall Signature Tour

September 4 @ 1:00 pm - December 30 @ 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…

Yoga at the Cowboy

October 13 @ 10:00 am - October 27 @ 11:00 am
Leave your spurs at home and join your friends at the Cowboy for a relaxing morning of yoga in the Museum’s beautifully landscaped gardens! Guests should arrive at least 20 minutes early to purchase tickets and make their way to the Gardens. $10, $5 for Museum members. Yoga will take place on the Museum Gardens…

Western Movie Matinee on Wide Open Wednesdays

October 24 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Dub and Mozelle Richardson Theater Join us for these curated selections made possible with support from an anonymous donor and Oklahoma City University’s Center for Interpersonal Studies through Film & Literature. Popcorn provided. Museum admission free to all on Wide Open Wednesdays courtesy of the Oklahoma Ford Dealers.  The Civil War and the Western Homefront…

The Chisholm Trail

October 25 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Chisholm Trail inspires images of Texas Longhorn cattle, cowboys following in the dust, and the chuck wagon rattling on to the next camp. According to author J. Frank Dobie, “It initiated the greatest, the most extraordinary … migration of animals controlled by man that the world has ever known …” Discover the many misconceptions…

Western Movie Matinee on Wide Open Wednesdays

October 31 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Dub and Mozelle Richardson Theater Join us for these curated selections made possible with support from an anonymous donor and Oklahoma City University’s Center for Interpersonal Studies through Film & Literature. Popcorn provided. Museum admission free to all on Wide Open Wednesdays courtesy of the Oklahoma Ford Dealers. The Civil War and the Western Homefront…

Bank of America Museums on Us

November 3 @ 10:00 am - November 4 @ 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  

Western Movie Matinee on Wide Open Wednesday

November 7 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Join us for these curated selections made possible with support from an anonymous donor and Oklahoma City University’s Center for Interpersonal Studies through Film & Literature. Popcorn provided. Museum admission free to all on Wide Open Wednesdays courtesy of the Oklahoma Ford Dealers. The Civil War and the Western Homefront Often described in simplistic North-versus-South…

Rodeo Hall of Fame Weekend

November 9 @ 4:00 pm - November 10 @ 6:30 pm
The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum and the Rodeo Historical Society host the annual Rodeo Hall of Fame Weekend celebrating rodeo legends induction into the Rodeo Hall of Fame as well as Ben Johnson Memorial Award and Tad Lucas Memorial Award recipients. Weekend events include the Rope ‘N’ Ride Cocktail Reception, Inductee Panel Discussion,…

Western Movie Matinee on Wide Open Wednesday

November 14 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Dub and Mozelle Richardson Theater Join us for these curated selections made possible with support from an anonymous donor and Oklahoma City University’s Center for Interpersonal Studies through Film & Literature. Popcorn provided. Museum admission free to all on Wide Open Wednesdays courtesy of the Oklahoma Ford Dealers.   The Civil War and the Western…

Ante Up!

November 29 @ 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
An excitement-filled evening of casino games, live music, spirits, and food, Ante Up! will not only entertain the public, but also support the Museum’s public education programs. The event begins at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 29, 2018. Set in an Old West saloon atmosphere, Ante Up! will offer attendees a casual evening of true…

Volunteer Recognition Luncheon

December 10 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
The Museum’s success depends, in part, on the dedication and service of volunteers. Their roles are as diverse as their knowledge and expertise. Guests experience the West through relevant, meaningful stories shared by volunteers. To recognize and celebrate their efforts, Dr. Lois Ellen Frank, a New Mexico based chef, author, Native foods historian, and photographer,…

Lois Ellen Frank Book Signing

December 10 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Dr. Lois Ellen Frank joins the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s Museum Store to celebrate her cookbook Foods of the Southwest Indian Nations featuring traditional and contemporary recipes. Dr. Frank, a Santa Fe, New Mexico-based chef, author, photographer, and Native foods historian is from the Kiowa Nation on her mother’s side and Sephardic on…

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…

Educators After Hours: Indian Boarding Schools

December 11 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Socialize after hours during a free K – 12 professional development session at the National Cowboy Museum. Watch the PBS documentary Unspoken: America’s Native American Boarding Schools, and join in discussion about the film with Dr. Patricia Loughlin, Professor of History at the University of Central Oklahoma. Click here to learn more and to register….

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…

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…

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…

Home on the Range Dinner and Film Screening

February 15, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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 quickly made its way along cattle trails to cow towns, gaining national popularity with the advent of radio. The film stars Buck Taylor and features…

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…