National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum

A few weeks ago I loaded up the crew and drove over to OKC to learn a little more about the legend of the wild west no kid can resist, the cowboy!  At The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum there are exhibits that focus on the real history of cowboys and their role in shaping the west, but there is also plenty here devoted to the legend of the cowboy played out in the old movies we all love. Both are fascinating elements of American history and we enjoyed it all.

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In addition to the permanent exhibits, there were a few temporary ones we had fun with like Riding The Whirlwind: Weather In The West. They have several hands on displays explaining the elements of weather and the favorite was the makeshift television studio green screen they could jump in front of and appear of the screen. It was hard to get them to move past this one! There was also a unique exhibit focused solely on the history and styles of bolo-ties! Does anyone know where I can get a cute one around here?

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We then exited the main building and went inside the Children’s Cowboy Corral. There everyone played for a long time pretending to be cooking up the pot of chili for the cowboys. Are you familiar with Shelley Duvall’s Tall Tales and Legends Pecos Bill? It’s one of our all-time favorites and they were acting out most of the movie!

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 The Rodeo Exhibit

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working on their weather exhibit handout

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cute girls cheezin’

  1. When we drove to Oklahoma City last weekend and saw The Cowboy Museum we agreed it had been too long since we had been there. Thanks for a peek inside and the inspiration to go again soon and take the ‘grands’.

  2. Looks like a lot of fun… our kids would love this! The weather green screen reminds me of my college days in TV production… ha! Trying to get grown people to move away from doing that is a challenge! 😛

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