Guide to Current Museum Exhibits




Photo Courtesy of the Sam Noble Museum.

Oklahoma City is home to many world-class museums and historical venues. Throughout the year, you can learn about a wide variety of topics through special exhibitions and displays.

This guide will help you find all the exhibits currently on display is museums across the OKC metro. This list is updated frequently, so check back often for new exhibits and other learning opportunities! You can also check out our guide to FREE museums in the metro.


American Banjo Museum

(9 E Sheridan Ave) 604-2793; Tuesday - Saturday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sunday, noon - 5 p.m.
Adults, $8; kids (5-17), $6; kids (under 5), free; families (2 adults, 2 kids), $15

 

Jim Henson - Life and Legacy

Sept. 2018 - Aug. 2019

The special exhibit remembers the optimistic visionary who created the Muppets and positively influenced generations. In addition to Kermit the Frog, original artwork, rare photographs, pop culture and more, Jim Henson – Life and Legacy will feature a very special banjo, the Muppets Banjo, originally owned and played by British musician Martin Kershaw.


Chisholm Trail Heritage Center & Garis Gallery of the American West

(1000 Chisholm Trail Parkway, Dunan) 580-252-6692; Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m. 
Adults, $6; kids (5-17), $4; kids (under 5), free; families (2 adults, 4 kids), $17

 

Sandy Magrath: Dogs of the Southwest 

May 1 - June 30, 2019

Sandy Magrath, a native of Norman, is inspired by the designs and colors of the Southwest and by her dogs. Her work will be available for purchase through the Heritage Center.  


Edmond Fine Arts Institute

(27 E Edwards St, Edmond) 340-4481; Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

 

James Coplin

Through April 30

Features the work of a different local artist each month. James Coplin renditions of breathtaking landscapes, still life & Western art emphasize color & texture to create visual imagery with light & shadow for dramatic effect. May's artist will be Brad McNeil. 


Edmond Historical Society & Museum

(431 S Boulevard, Edmond) 340-0078; Tuesday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Saturdays, 1 - 4 p.m.
Admission is free.

 

1920s Edmond: Ain't We Got Fun? 

Through Jan. 2020

See what Edmond was like during the Roarin' Twenties. 


Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art

(555 Elm, Norman) 325-4938; Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Thursday, until 9 p.m.; Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m.
Admission is free.

 

Between the Isms: The Oklahoma Society of Impressionists and Selected Oklahoma Expressionists

June 7 - Sept. 8, 2019

In 1987, the Oklahoma Society of Impressionists originated in a workshop in Taos, New Mexico, when a group of like-minded artists with ties to Oklahoma decided to form an organization dedicated to the lasting influence of Impressionism. This exhibition features recent paintings from the group as well as a selection of paintings by Oklahoma artists working in expressionist styles.

Leviathan I: The Aesthetics of Capital 

April 25 - Dec. 31, 2019

In Leviathan I: The Aesthetics of Capital, artist Pete Froslie transforms the gallery into an experimental extension of his art studio. Froslie integrates understandings of climate change, moral and political philosophy, philosophical aesthetics and demonology through the media of experimental electro-mechanics and game engine-based digital projection.


Mabee-Gerrer Museum Art

(1900 W MacArthur, Shawnee); Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Adults, $5; kids (6-17), $3; Kids (5 & under), free.

 

Occidente: West Mexican Pottery from the Museum of the Red River

March 31 - June 23, 2019

Myriad Gardens Visitor Center

(301 W Reno Ave) 445-7080; Monday - Saturday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Admission is free.

 

Love of Color: Featuring Paintings by Nancy Junkin

March 14 - May 28, 2019

Nancy Junkin was born and raised in Ponca City, Oklahoma. As a child, she loved art instruction and would spend hours painting with oils and creating abstract designs. Today, Judkin works with oil and acrylic paints, occasionally incorporating mixed media.


Moore-Lindsay Historic House Museum

(508 N Peters Ave, Norman) 321-0156; Tuesday - Saturday, 11 a.m. - noon & 1 - 4 p.m.
Admission is free.

 

Victorian Fashion & Accessories

May 7 - July 20

Explore pieces of the museum's collection and more. 


National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

(1700 NE 63rd) 478-2250; Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m - 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon - 5 p.m.
Adults, $12.50; kids, (6-12), $5.57; kids (5 & under), free - Free admission for children & their caregivers during Saturdays for Kids (first Saturday of the month) & Wednesdays, August - November.

 

Horseplay

Nov. 17, 2018 - July 14, 2019

The new exhibition featuring Tom Lovell’s sketches and studies of this Western icon. The rarely seen prep work reveals how Lovell developed ideas and practiced movement, anatomy, proportion, and personality. Watch horses take shape across mediums and styles.

Prix de West 

June 7 - August 11, 2019

The exhibition features more than 300 paintings and sculpture by the finest contemporary Western artists in the nation as well as art seminars, cocktail receptions and awards. The exhibiting artists bring a diversity of styles to this significant art exhibition and sale. Works range from historical pieces that reflect the early days of the West, to more contemporary and impressionistic works of art.

Layered Stories - America's Canyonlands

June 15 - Oct. 20, 2019

More information coming soon. 

Spiro and the Native American Art of the Mississippian World

Passport

July 19 - March 2020

Art is not one-dimensional and neither are those who create it. Though often defined by their most well-known work or style—Impressionist, Cubist, Modern, Realist, Western—they experiment and evolve throughout their careers, often working across mediums and subjects. Exhibited for the first time, these unexpected pieces take us around the world, through the decades, and into diverse artistic careers. You don’t need a DeLorean to visit the past or frequent flyer miles to experience different countries and cultures.

Feb. 12, 2021 - April 28, 2021

The Spiro people, and their Mississippian peers, are nearly forgotten in the pages of North American history, yet they created one of the most exceptional and highly developed societies in all of the Americas. This exhibition explores the archaeological and historical data connecting the Spiro site and its people to other communities throughout North and Central America.


Oklahoma City Museum of Art

(415 Couch Dr) 236-3100; Wednesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon - 5 p.m.; Third Thursdays, until 9 p.m.
Adults, $12; kids (6-18), $10; kids (5 & under), free - Complimentary admission offered twice a year during the Museum's SONIC Free Family Days.

 

Art in Bloom

May 16 - 19, 2019

Art in Bloom will feature floral sculpture interpretations of works from our permanent collection, all crafted by designers from the Oklahoma City community. Special tours and activities, coinciding with May's Third Thursday, will help kick off this can’t-miss festival of flowers.

Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West

Feb. 1 - May. 26, 2019

Features works by Adams and other photographers, such as Edward Weston, Brett Weston, Eliot Porter, Laura Gilpin, Philip Hyde, and William Garnett.

From the Golden Age to the Moving Image: The Changing Face of the Permanent Collection

March 1 - December 31, 2020

This spring, OKCMOA will be reopening its second-floor galleries with an exciting new presentation of its permanent collection. Headlining this reinstallation is the Museum’s latest acquisition, Kehinde Wiley’s monumental new portrait Jacob de Graeff (2018) from the artist’s Kehinde Wiley: Saint Louis exhibition. The museum has also recently acquired “An Italian Autumn” by renowned American artist Thomas Cole.

Van Gogh, Monet, Degas: The Mellon Collection of French Art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

June 22 - Sept. 22, 2019

Featuring more than 70 works by French and European masters such as Degas, Manet, Monet, Rousseau and Van Gogh, this exhibition celebrates Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon’s extraordinary gift of 19th and early 20th century French art to the VMFA. The exhibition will reproduce the invigorating experience of the Mellons’ collection, in which each work resonates with and gains greater strength from its lovingly created context. “Van Gogh, Monet, Degas” is presented in a series of sections including Cyphers of Modernity, Horses, Flowers, Views of Paris, People, Water, Interiors and Tables, The French Countryside, The Transformation of the Ordinary and VMFA: Toward Impressionism.

Apichatpong Weerasethakul's ​Fireworks (Archives), 2014

June 22 - Dec. 30, 2019

This exhibition is the first of a series of works by internationally renowned filmmaker and visual artist Apichatpong In a single-channel video installation that the artist’s website describes as a “hallucinatory memory machine,” the flickering light of fireworks and the sudden flash of a digital camera illuminate unconventional animal sculptures at a temple in Northeast Thailand. ​Weerasethakul. 

Illuminations: Rediscovering the Art of Dale Chihuly

Ongoing

This museum houses one of the most comprehensive collections of Chihuly glass in the country. See these delicate pieces of glass art alongside drawings and other works by Dale Chihuly.


Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center

(3000 General Pershing) 951-0000; Monday - Saturday, 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Admission is free.

 

Tatyana Fazlalizadeh: Oklahoma is Black

Feb. 21 - May 19, 2019

This is the first major exhibition in the state for Oklahoma native and Brooklyn resident Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. Fazlalizadeh has achieved international recognition for her artwork of portraits and words that that give voices to people and communities that are often marginalized, including women, people of color and the LGBTQ community. Oklahoma is Black will be a depiction and celebration of Oklahoma City’s rich black history, highlighting the black lives that have made and continue to make this city. Oklahoma is Black will be the final exhibition at Oklahoma Contemporary’s fairgrounds location. The Learning Gallery will be open for the exhibition with hands-on activities for families.

Campbell Art Park (11th & Broadway)

More information coming soon. 


Oklahoma Hall of Fame

(1400 Classen Dr.) 235-4458; Tuesday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Adults, $7; kids (6-17), $5; kids (5 & under), free - Complimentary admission offered on the second Saturday of each month and Thursdays between Memorial & Labor Day.

 

Artster Oklahoma

Feb. 21 - May 19, 2019

Michelle LaVasque and Espanta Steppe set out to find and connect with other Oklahoma artists, artisans, and craftsmen. In this exhibit, the artists are the central focus. They are chronicled at work in their studios through photographs and narratives in the book Artster Oklahoma.

Patrick Riley: A Retrospective

May 30 - Aug. 29, 2019

See the work of G. Patrick Riley. Although mask making is where his true passion lies, Riley has practiced many mediums throughout his career. Celebrating an arts education career spanning more than 50 years, Riley has served as teacher, professor, and administrator.

Makerspace Mural by Kristopher Kanaly

New to the Museum

Kristopher Kanaly is known for his bold, abstract street murals throughout Oklahoma City’s Plaza District and its downtown. Much like his street art, Kanaly is an Oklahoma inspiration with a passion as rich as the state’s history. No matter the city or assignment, Kanaly’s work is distinguishable by the bright colors, abstract figures, and hidden elements.


Oklahoma History Center

(800 Nazih Zuhdi) 522-0765; Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Adults, $7; kids (6-17), $5; kids (5 & under), free; families (up to 6 people), $18 - Complimentary admission offered during the Museum's Septemberfest event.

 

Will Work For... A Mike Wimmer Project

Jan. 15 - June 2019

This exhibit is comprised of 17 portraits of models holding the iconic cardboard sign that completes the phrase “Will Work For …” His inspiration for this came to him when he noticed all of the people on street corners holding the signs that state that they “Will Work For Food.” He began to ask people of every social group what they would work for; what inspires them as individuals to sacrifice their lives, their labor and their love enough that they will work for it. Wimmer is an Oklahoma-born artist who began sketching and painting at age 6 and began selling his artwork at age 11.

Votes for Women

Nov. 5, 2018 - Sept. 30, 2019

The Oklahoma History Center will open a photographic exhibit celebrating the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote in Oklahoma. Votes for Women will feature twenty-eight black-and-white photographs from the Oklahoma Historical Society’s photograph archives and the Library of Congress highlighting some of the key moments and events, and the people who fearlessly led the way.

Unsolved History: Forensic Science, Cold Cases, and Art Therapy

March 30 - Oct. 30, 2019

This exhibit is comprised of 11 artistic creations by Oklahoma-based artists and art therapists who work with the families of victims in cold case crimes. Led by Shannon Hazen, Tina Adams and Kris Newlin, and connected to the Oklahoma Homicide Survivors Support Group, artists were paired with families to participate in the project. Each piece reflects the collaboration between the artist and the family, which helped family members express their grief and frustration at their loss and the myriad of unanswered questions left in the wake of the crime.

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!: The Birth of Modern Musical Theatre and a New Image for the State

Through 2020

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! began a new era in American musical theatre. It also began the most successful songwriting partnership that Broadway has ever seen. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! counteracted the The Grapes of Wrath image with its lively musical comedy that, despite a few fight scenes that include an accidental death, portrayed romance, laughter and a spirit of joy in direct contrast to the shadow of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.

Ongoing

Welcome Home: Oklahomans and the War in Vietnam

Welcome Home: Oklahomans and the War in Vietnam exhibit looks at more than the historic events that occurred during the war. It explores the impact of the war on Oklahoma families, as told through the stories of the young men and women who served their country in the armed services and the immigrant families who fled Vietnam and came to Oklahoma seeking freedom and opportunity.

Steamboat Heroine

This newly-expanded exhibit offers a glimpse of one of the earliest examples of western steamboats ever discovered. On May 6, 1838, Heroine was navigating the Red River on its way to Fort Towson to deliver much-needed supplies to the soldiers stationed there. Just twenty minutes from its destination, Heroine hit a snag and quickly sank. Although the majority of the superstructure of the Heroine had long since disintegrated, the surviving components were used to create an representation of the original vessel, as well as a look into the lives of the people of that era. Among the artifacts found in the wreckage were a number of personal items belonging to the crew and passengers.

Crossroads of Commerce: A History of Free Enterprise in Oklahoma

This exhibit tells the story of economic development in Oklahoma through five time periods from 1716 to the present day, connecting the dots between history and economic development in a way that celebrates creativity and hard work and inspires young people to take a chance. The exhibit features a number of structural reproductions and interactive opportunities. Visitors will see an actual truss from the Wiley Post Hangar and enter the simulated cockpit of a Lockheed Vega airplane. Other features include scenes of a newspaper printing operation, grist mill, cotton gin, grain elevator, Cain's Ballroom, a TG&Y store in the 1950s, the studios of WKY-Radio and WKY-TV, the Shelter Church Studio and the Thunder scoreboard from Chesapeake Energy Arena.


Rodeo Cinema

(2221 Exchange Ave) 235-3456, See website for showroom hours

 

Let's Bark About Hearing Loss

Through May 31

The photography exhibit features artwork by Ana Covey, Chair of the Central Oklahoma Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), combining the photographer's love of nature and passion for hearing loss awareness. The black and white photos feature compelling views of Oklahoma trees focusing on the beauty of the bark itself.  Each piece includes surprising facts about hearing loss. All proceeds will help the HLAA of Central Oklahoma improve hearing loss accessibility through the metro. 


Sam Noble Museum

(2401 Chautauqua, Norman) 325-4712; Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 - 5 p.m.
Adults, $8; kids (4 - 17), $5; kids (3 & under) free - Free for children 17 and under on the first Monday of each month; complimentary admission offered at select events throughout the year.

 

Under the Arctic: Digging into Permafrost

May 12 - Sept. 2, 2019

Step into the shoes of a climate science researcher and solve engineering challenges posed by the changing global climate in Under the Arctic: Digging into Permafrost. The immersive exhibit experience highlights the sights and smells of the Western Hemisphere’s only permafrost research tunnel.

A New Moon Rises

Dec. 21. 2019 - March 15, 2020

More info coming soon. 


Science Museum Oklahoma

(2020 Remington Pl) 602-6664; Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. - Complimentary admission offered during the Museum's Tinkerfest event.
Adults, $15.95; kids (3-12), $12.95

 

She Persisted

Through May 28, 2019

The exhibition features award winning female artists with artwork that runs the spectrum of mediums from stained glass mosaics to leather sculptures, basketry to watercolor, and pottery to oil. Each artist has significant ties to Oklahoma.

Beautiful Minds: Dyslexia and the Creative Advantage

Through July 14, 2019

The exhibition explores the minds, art and successes of people past and present who have or had dyslexia — from well-known entrepreneurs, artists, authors and scientists like Steve Jobs, Leonardo Da Vinci, Albert Einstein and Agatha Christie to contemporary artists including John Gill of Alfred, New York, Mark Wittig of North Little Rock, Arkansas, and Holly Wilson of Mustang, Oklahoma. The exhibition also features the artwork of dozens of students with dyslexia from Oklahoma City’s Trinity School.

Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure

Through Sept. 2, 2019

The region’s largest Cretaceous carnivore and an herbivore that called southeastern Oklahoma’s Atoka County home are among the dinosaurs at the center of the exhibit featuring interactive, lifelike robotic dinosaurs and a variety of hands-on components that visitors can explore to better understand some of the giant creatures that called Oklahoma’s red dirt landscape home.

Life Imagined - The Art and Science of Automata

Through Sept. 29, 2019

From the Greek word automatos, meaning "moves on its own," automata are the first complex machines produced by man. Long before robots were the reality they are today, automata were created as an attempt to simulate nature and domesticate natural forces. These attempts to imitate life by mechanical means and the use of these principles have resulted in the evolution of technology over centuries.


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