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Greater Southwest Historical Museum

Become acquainted with the culture of south central Oklahoma at this comprehensive museum, which covers agriculture, military history and 19th-century life.

Make the Greater Southwest Historical Museum your first stop during your visit to Ardmore. This charming museum is the best place to build up a picture of the history, culture and traditions of Ardmore and the wider south central Oklahoma region. Its varied and carefully thought-out exhibits provide an educational and engaging experience for adults and children. 

The museum is built across three wings, each focusing on a different area of south central Oklahoma life. Bring kids straight to the central Sam Noble Hall, as this fun and colorful area of the museum is sure to hold their attention. The hall is laid out with replicas of the types of buildings that would have been found in local towns in the late 19th century. Visit a general store, a drug store, a schoolhouse, a post office and a lawyer’s office. See how pioneer families lived at the Eaves/Brady Cabin, an original home built in Pooleville, Oklahoma, in 1892 and transported to the museum. 

Visit the north wing, which houses the Transportation and Industry Gallery. Learn how improvements in technology changed the way the people of Oklahoma live and travel. See old-fashioned carriages, saddles and industrial equipment, as well as exhibits detailing the history of the railroad. 

Meanwhile, the south wing of the museum offers insight into typical items found in frontier homes in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Try to imagine who would have owned each item as you view the interesting objects on display. Admire the early fire engine, one of the most impressive and interesting exhibits. 

Finally, tour the museum’s west wing, which is occupied by the Military Memorial Museum. Learn about south central Oklahoma’s long tradition of military service and see exhibits dating back to the American Revolution, as well as a good collection of modern military uniforms and artifacts from World War II. 

Find the Greater Southwest Historical Museum in western Ardmore. Visit any day except Sunday or Monday, when the museum is closed. Enjoy the exhibits for free.


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$36
Quality Hotel

Quality Hotel

2705 West Broadway, Ardmore
3.7
of 5, from 178 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Ardmore, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Greater Southwest Historical Museum, Memorial Park, and Hardy Murphy Coliseum. Eliza Cruce Hall Doll Museum is 1.9 mi (3 km) away.

$68
Best Western Plus Ardmore Inn & Suites

Best Western Plus Ardmore Inn & Suites

2600 W Broadway St, Ardmore
4.7
of 5, from 167 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Ardmore, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Greater Southwest Historical Museum, Memorial Park, and Eliza Cruce Hall Doll Museum. Hardy Murphy Coliseum is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) away.

$74
Baymont Inn & Suites Ardmore

Baymont Inn & Suites Ardmore

2606 12th Ave. NW, Ardmore
4.4
of 5, from 136 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Ardmore, this hotel is 1 mi (1.5 km) from Ardmore Convention Center and within 3 mi (5 km) of Greater Southwest Historical Museum and Memorial Park. Eliza Cruce Hall Doll Museum is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) away.

$67
Hampton Inn & Suites Ardmore

Hampton Inn & Suites Ardmore

526 Railway Express Street, Ardmore
4.6
of 5, from 90 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in a rural location, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Greater Southwest Historical Museum, Memorial Park, and Eliza Cruce Hall Doll Museum. Ardmore Chamber of Commerce and Goddard Art Center are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$59
Comfort Inn & Suites Ardmore

Comfort Inn & Suites Ardmore

410 Railway Express St, Ardmore
4.2
of 5, from 273 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Ardmore, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Greater Southwest Historical Museum, Memorial Park, and Hardy Murphy Coliseum. Eliza Cruce Hall Doll Museum is 2 mi (3.2 km) away.

$43
Motel 6 Ardmore

Motel 6 Ardmore

120 Holiday Drive, Ardmore
3.4
of 5, from 154 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Ardmore, this eco-friendly motel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Greater Southwest Historical Museum, Memorial Park, and Eliza Cruce Hall Doll Museum. Ardmore Chamber of Commerce and Goddard Art Center are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$76
Lexington Inn - Ardmore

Lexington Inn - Ardmore

136 Holiday Drive, Ardmore
4.4
of 5, from 182 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Ardmore, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Greater Southwest Historical Museum, Memorial Park, and Eliza Cruce Hall Doll Museum. Ardmore Chamber of Commerce and Ardmore Convention Center are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$33
Econo Lodge

Econo Lodge

2700 W Broadway Street, Ardmore
2.9
of 5, from 114 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Ardmore, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Greater Southwest Historical Museum, Memorial Park, and Hardy Murphy Coliseum. Eliza Cruce Hall Doll Museum is 1.9 mi (3 km) away.