Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Fantastic Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in OKC

On Saturday we went over to the Cowboy Museum.  I think we have been to Oklahoma City or through it at least half a dozen times and have never taken the time to see this museum.  Turn out -- it is one of our all time favorites!

I love the history and intrigue of the 1870's and 1880's.  I think part of it is due to growing up and seeing the Western TV shows.  We loved them all.  And we saw reference to them in our tour at the museum.
It was a GREAT way to spend $10 and a couple of hours!
Kirk is in front of the large statue, "The End of the Plains".  This area was the beginning of some art galleries with sculptures and paintings.  I really liked how they have it all set up for display and contemplation.
 Some of the galleries was a 'No Photographs' area but there were plenty of places that weren't.
This by far is the best 'western/cowboy' museum we have seen anywhere.  I loved every minute of it.  I found it captivating from start.

Then my favorite area of the whole museum:
Displays of Barbara Stanwick, James Arness, Dale Robertson
Richard Drury, Doc, Festus, an early Roy Rogers
Gunsmoke, and a young Burt Reynolds
Dales Evans, Gene Autry, Sam Elliott
Tom Selleck, Walter Brennan
And a few film clips of actual footage

There were lots of other galleries
We could have wandered around for hours and hours
 But it was a bit overwhelming. Pam's museum meter was pegged for the day and we were getting hungry for lunch.
So we concluded our tour for the day and vowed to come back again and see more.

Thanks for joining us to day on the Roadrunner Chronicles!  And thanks for all the comments!  We really appreciate it.

Until next time...


  1. Isn't that place just incredible. It's definitely one museum I want to go back to and I don't often say that.

    1. It is a very well done museum and one we will visit again.

  2. What a great place! I could get totally lost in absorbing everything in there.

    1. Interesting you say that. It does wind around a bit and it was a challenge to find the Men's Room halfway through our visit...

  3. My dad used to read a lot of westerns, but the only one I remember from TV was Ponderosa, and even that is just a twinkling of a memory. I probably just missed the fad. Thanks for the details on the museum, it's one I might have passed up, though lately I've taken up the attitude that I'll see 'em all as long as they're not overcharging!

    1. Yes - I didn't realize it until I read it there, that Bonanza was the first Western in color. I remember it came on Sunday nights and we got to stay up and watch it if our homework was done!

  4. It is a fantastic museum. First went there in 1974 and it has only gotten better over the years:) Thanks for the flash back.

  5. It is a really good one. There are a lot of areas like art galleries that are well done where I couldn't take pictures. Thanks for the comment.

  6. I remember visiting this museum and being very impressed when I was in OKC for a conference. They had a social event set up for us in one of the galleries and we were free to wander throughout as we pleased.

    1. They are still hosting events at the museum. We were in town 4 nights and I think the parking lot was full with things going on 3 out of 4 nights.