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National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum

Saddle up and explore this museum dedicated to the American West, where artworks and displays celebrate American Indian and cowboy culture.

The people, cultures and history of the American West are upheld for future generations at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. Originally formed as a Western art museum and cowboy hall of fame, the museum now displays a wide array of artifacts, archives and interactive exhibits. Discover frontier-era treasures and cultural traditions that paint a picture of the American West.

Explore the museum’s historical galleries, which interpret the heritage of the American West for visitors of all ages. The American Cowboy Gallery puts a spotlight on ranching and working cowboy history, while the American Rodeo Gallery showcases the region’s exhilarating local sport. An extensive collection of antique firearms is on display in the Weitzenhoffer Gallery of Fine American Firearms.

Check out the Joe Grandee Museum of the Frontier West Gallery to see some of the Western artist’s extraordinary collection of artifacts. Note the distinctive decorations and embellishments added to everyday objects on display at the Native American Gallery. Learn about the Western tribes and their musical and artistic traditions.

See a reconstructed Western prairie town at Prosperity Junction, which is frozen in time at the turn of the century. Let little kids play with the props at the Children’s Cowboy Corral.

On Wednesdays, see a matinee screening of a classic Western film. Check the museum’s program to find out about workshops and events for children and adults. Have a quick lunch at the Museum Grill or take a few minutes to check out the Museum Store.

The museum overlooks a Western panorama from Persimmon Hill to the north of the city. It is a 15-minute drive from downtown Oklahoma City and has free on-site parking. Alternatively reach the museum via Oklahoma City’s local bus network. Tours are available for groups; however, a reservation is required. Admission fees are discounted for children, seniors and students. The museum is open daily, except Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.


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Park Hill Inn and Suites $49
Park Hill Inn and Suites

Park Hill Inn and Suites

1400 North East 63rd Street, Oklahoma City, OK
     
    2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Oklahoma City, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of International Gymnastics Hall of Fame and National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. Oklahoma City Zoo and ASA Hall of Fame Stadium are also within 2 mi (3 km).

    SureStay Plus Hotel by Best Western Oklahoma City North $49
    SureStay Plus Hotel by Best Western Oklahoma City North

    SureStay Plus Hotel by Best Western Oklahoma City North

    6101 N Santa Fe Ave, Oklahoma City, OK
       
      2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in the heart of Oklahoma City, this hotel is 3 mi (4.9 km) from Remington Park and within 9 mi (15 km) of Cox Convention Center and Chesapeake Energy Arena. Frontier City is 7 mi (11.2 km) away.

      Lincoln Inn Express Hotel and Suites $47
      Lincoln Inn Express Hotel and Suites

      Lincoln Inn Express Hotel and Suites

      5405 N Lincoln Blvd, Oklahoma City, OK
         
        2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Central Oklahoma City, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Black Liberated Arts Center and within 3 mi (5 km) of Oklahoma City Zoo and National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. ASA Hall of Fame Stadium and Penn Square Mall are also within 3 mi (5 km).

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        Justlikehome Okc-50th Street Luxury Stay for up to 14

        Oklahoma City, OK
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Central Oklahoma City, this vacation home is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Black Liberated Arts Center and within 3 mi (5 km) of Oklahoma City Zoo and National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. ASA Hall of Fame Stadium and Penn Square Mall are also within 3 mi (5 km).

          Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Oklahoma City North $75
          Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Oklahoma City North

          Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Oklahoma City North

          6200 North Robinson Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            This family-friendly Oklahoma City hotel is located in the entertainment district, within 3 mi (5 km) of National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, Penn Square Mall and Omniplex Science Museum. Oklahoma City Zoo and The Zoo Amphitheatre are also within 6 mi (10 km).

            Hyatt Place Oklahoma City - Northwest $76
            Hyatt Place Oklahoma City - Northwest

            Hyatt Place Oklahoma City - Northwest

            1511 Nw Expressway St, Oklahoma City, OK
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Central Oklahoma City, this hotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Penn Square Mall and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Oklahoma City University. Memorial Park and Western Avenue are also within 2 mi (3 km).

              Renaissance Waterford Oklahoma City Hotel $107
              Renaissance Waterford Oklahoma City Hotel

              Renaissance Waterford Oklahoma City Hotel

              6300 Waterford Blvd, Oklahoma City, OK
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Central Oklahoma City, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Penn Square Mall and within 6 mi (10 km) of Oklahoma City University and Oklahoma City Zoo. OU Medical Center and Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum are also within 9 mi (15 km).

                Hyatt Place Oklahoma City / Bricktown $89
                Hyatt Place Oklahoma City / Bricktown

                Hyatt Place Oklahoma City / Bricktown

                20 Russell M. Perry Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Bricktown, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, Chesapeake Energy Arena, and OU Medical Center. Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum and Myriad Botanical Gardens are also within 1 mi (2 km). Santa Fe Depot is 10 minutes by foot.