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 19 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Meets at Canyon Princess (cougar sculpture in West Hallway) 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 Native Americans and mountain men, and learn about frontier military life….

Docent-Guided Signature Tour

January 20 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Meets at Canyon Princess (cougar sculpture in West Hallway) 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 Native Americans and mountain men, and learn about frontier military life….

Hearts for Art

February 1 @ 10:00 am - February 14 @ 5:00 pm
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…

Hearts for Art

February 3 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sunday noon – 5:00 p.m. 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…

Ancient. Massive. Wild. - The Bison Exhibit

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

Ancient. Massive. Wild. - The Bison Exhibit Opening Weekend Celebration

February 9 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
10:00 a.m.  – Noon Museum Galleries Let’s get this stampede started! There is a herd on 63rd and you’re invited! Join the Thunder’s Rumble the Bison at the community opening of Ancient. Massive. Wild – The Bison Exhibit. Hear Rumble’s unique story, make an illustration of events in your life, discover what is made from…

Read the West Book Club: American Buffalo: In Search of a Lost Icon

February 10 @ 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
1:00 – 2:15 p.m. S.B. “Burk” Burnett Board Room In 2005, Steven Rinella won a lottery permit to hunt for a wild buffalo, or American bison, in the Alaskan wilderness. Despite the odds — there is only a 2% chance of drawing the permit, and fewer than 20% of those hunters are successful — Rinella managed…

Home on the Range Dinner and Film Screening

February 15 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. S.B. “Burk” Burnett Board Room Put on your cowboy boots for this not-to-be-missed program with a cash bar and three-course dinner prepared by The Petroleum Club of Oklahoma City. Film director Ken Spurgeon introduces his 2018 Western Heritage Award winning docudrama, Home on the Range, the story of the iconic…

Special Exhibition Tours

February 16 @ 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.

Wild Wits Trivia Night

February 16 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Prosperity Junction and Galleries A casual night of trivia, fun, and prizes! Start your own team or join a table of soon-to-be-friends and show off what you know. View the Museum’s new exhibitions and enjoy some competition and lively conversation. Trivia Night is sure to be a great time for all! Pizza and popcorn provided….

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…

The Bison as American Icon

February 21 @ 9:30 am - March 28 @ 11:30 am
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…

Oklahoma Heritage Concert

February 21 @ 10:30 am
Special Events Center 10:30 a.m. Students can celebrate the Oklahoma’s 111th birthday and 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Spring Garden Tour

April 6 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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…

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…

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…

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

May 6 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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…

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…

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…

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…