School Programs & Tours

Scheduling a Visit

The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City offers many educational field trip opportunities. Programs are based on grade level and offer students the chance to explore various images and artifacts unique to the American West. Hands-on activities have been incorporated into educational programs for elementary school children, while junior and high school students enjoy a guided tour of the Museum.

Reservations are required for all group visits and can be made by the Program Educator, Monday-Friday at (405) 478-2250, Ext. 264, at least two weeks in advance of the desired date. All visits are scheduled on a first come, first serve basis. Spring is the busiest time for field trips to the Museum and it is recommended that teachers schedule as early as possible to ensure a desired date and time. Every effort will be made to accommodate requests.

Educational programs for elementary students are offered Monday through Friday. Guided tours for all ages are available, Monday through Saturday, from 10:00 A.M. until 5:00 P.M. Self-guided tours are available 7 days a week with a confirmed reservation.

Group Size and Chaperone Requirements
A minimum of 15 students is required for all group visits. The group leader is responsible for the entire amount due at the time of check-in and group members may not pay individually. Large parties paying individually do not qualify for discounted group pricing. Payment may be made with cash, check, credit card or purchase order. Coupons or discounts cannot be used with the group rate. One chaperone for every seven students is admitted free of charge. Additional adults over and above this ratio will be charged admission.

Admission Rates

Grades tax exempt taxable
Pre-K to 6th $3.50 $3.75
7th to 12th $4.50 $4.75
Additional Adults $10.00 $10.75

Lunch Facilities
The Lunch Pavilion is available for those groups bringing a sack lunch. A reservation for this space is required when scheduling your visit. Unfortunately, groups without a reservation are not guaranteed a space to eat. Lunches must be unloaded at the time of arrival and placed on the provided lunch carts. Due to the number of students visiting the Museum, it is recommended that lunch periods be limited to 30 minutes per group. There are no vending machines in the Lunch Pavilion and any food or drink must be provided by the group.

Museum Etiquette Rules/Chaperone Responsibilities
We strive to provide a valuable, educational and fun experience at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. In order to do so, we ask teachers to share the following rules with students and chaperones prior to their visit. Upon arrival, a staff member or volunteer will greet the group to review the rules. Teachers and chaperones in the group are responsible for following and upholding these guidelines.

Students gain more from their visit when adequately supervised. To ensure the safety of the group, as well as other Museum visitors, we require that teachers and chaperones be with students at all times. Students left unsupervised will be brought to the front entrance by a Security Officer and asked to wait until their adult leader returns. Please be aware that unruly groups will be asked to leave the Museum and no refunds will be given.

  • Backpacks, purses and other parcels larger than 15″ x 10″ x 9″ will not be allowed in the galleries. These items will need to be left on the bus or at the Admissions Desk.
  • We thank you in advance for not touching the art or artifacts in the Museum. Repeated touching leaves a build-up of oil and dirt damaging these items.
  • We thank you in advance for not running in the Museum or in the gardens.
  • Climbing on statues is not permitted in any of the galleries or on Museum grounds.
  • Eating and drinking is allowed only in the Lunch Pavilion. Leave lunch items on the provided cart until the designated lunchtime. Gum is not allowed in the Museum.
  • Sketching materials, such as pens, pencils or tablets must be approved prior to visit. Scavenger hunts are not permitted in the galleries at any time, unless sponsored by the Museum for special events.
  • Turn off, silence or refrain from using cell phones during tours.

Canceling your Visit
If you must cancel a tour, please leave a voice-mail message with the Assistant Educator at (405) 478-2250, Ext. 264 within 48 hours of your scheduled visit. A cancellation fee of $30 will be billed to the business office of those groups failing to make a cancellation. (This does not apply to weather related cancellations.)

Please review and print the Field Trip Info Pack to prepare for your visit.