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.

Ancient. Massive. Wild. - The Bison Exhibit

February 8 @ 10:00 am - May 12 @ 5:00 pm
Ancient. Massive. Wild. – The Bison Exhibit Museum Galleries 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…

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…

The Museum Store's Annual Sidewalk Sale

March 18 @ 10:00 am - March 24 @ 5:00 pm
The Museum Store’s Annual Sidewalk Sale March 18 – 24, 2019 Monday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sunday, Noon – 5:00 p.m. Enjoy discounts on décor, apparel, books, and much more! Shop The Museum Store anytime at store.nationalcowboymuseum.org

Special Exhibition Tours

March 23 @ 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.

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…

Brown Bag Lunch Series: The Last Big Animals of the Great Plains

March 28 @ 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? Historian Dan Flores claims that in 1870 there were at least 10 million bison in the southern herd on the North American plains. Flores draws a vivid portrait of these animals in their…

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…

Navajo Rug Sale & Auction

April 12 @ 10:00 am - April 13 @ 6:00 pm
Art Sale Preview & Rug Auction Begin Enjoy the opportunity to purchase high-quality weavings at a wide range of prices and add to your collection of Native art. At any time during the silent auction individuals may purchase a rug at 20% over the minimum if it does not have an earlier bid. Proceeds from…

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…

Prairie-to-Table Dining at the Cowboy

April 18 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Western States Plaza and Gardens (Rain back-up location: S.B. “Burk” Burnett Board Room) Join Museum President & CEO Natalie Shirley and experience flavors of the American West through great food and drink. The special prairie-themed menu is prepared and presented by the Petroleum Club of Oklahoma City. Cash bar. $65, $55…

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

May 7 @ 10:30 am
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…

Advancing the Pencil Portrait, Part I

August 1 @ 6:00 pm - August 22 @ 8:30 pm
Classrooms A & B Whether you are new artist or have drawn for a while, this class helps you explore the essential steps in rendering an eye-catching portrait. The class covers how materials can create different textures and values as well as weekly demonstrations. Instructor: Scottie Scott Skill level: beginner to advanced. Limited enrollment. $120,…