We made it over to Claremore this week to say hello to Oklahoma’s favorite son, Will Rogers, at the Will Rogers Museum.
To get everyone’s head around what a guy he was, we watched The Story of Will Rogers, narrated by Bob Hope. The movie has great footage of him with several presidents which was cool for the kids to see because we have been all about the presidents lately!
” I never met a man I didn’t like” – Will Rogers
Inside the museum there are several rooms each with a different themed display. We enjoyed the large room devoted to family information and mementos. There were lots of photos and some Cherokee writings and bows and arrows which the kids thought were amazing.
Viggo and Penny checking out the display of miniatures depicting scenes from Will’s life.
The lower level of the museum is set up as a play area for kids. There are building stations and a mini stage and backstage area, much like the one Will had made for his own children at his California ranch. River and Willa took advantage of the ropes and things they had out for kids on the lawn.
I really enjoyed our day here. I love when the people working in the museum are genuinely excited about what they are sharing with their guests and that is definitely the case here. One man gave a talk on Will’s life using Will’s style of roping while casually tossing out his signature wit. He also stopped kids all though the museum to ask questions and give them the inside scoop!
I found this scavenger hunt on the museum site and printed them out to use as review once we came home. Scavenger hunt activities can be fun for kids if that is what you are focusing on, but I find they can also take you out of the moment a bit, so a lot of the time I will use them as a before or after supplement to our visit. It was interesting for me to see what they remembered!
Great guy to look up to, that Will Rogers.