Guide to Current Museum Exhibits
Photo Courtesy of Science Museum Oklahoma
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.
(14400 S Bryant Rd, Edmond) 285-1010
Seals of Isaiah and King Hezekiah Discovered
June 10 - Jan. 27, 2019
“Seals of Isaiah and King Hezekiah Discovered” is an archaeological exhibition that will enable visitors to discover the history of ancient Judah’s most famous king-prophet pairing—a story which illuminates how Jerusalem escaped annihilation at the hands of King Sennacherib’s Assyrian army at the end of the 8th century B.C. Items on display will include nearly three dozen artifacts from the time of King Hezekiah, including the recently discovered royal seal impressions of King Hezekiah and Isaiah from the Ophel excavations, royal Judean clay vessels, and weapons used during the siege of Lachish. The exhibit will also feature key Assyrian history and will include such artifacts as the famous Annals of Sennacherib Prism (aka Taylor/Jerusalem/Oriental Prism), various other Assyrian inscriptions, and replicas of the famous Assyrian wall reliefs.
(1522 S. Robinson Ave, Oklahoma City)
Sept. 22 - Dec. 21
Visitors to Beyond will journey through the known, into the unknown on a mysterious journey into what lies beyond.
(27 E Edwards St, Edmond) 340-4481
Diane Goldschmidt & Diana Robinson
Sept. 6 - 30
The exhibition features the work of two local artists.
(431 S Boulevard, Edmond) 340-0078
WWII Edmond: Housewives on the Homefront
July 10 - Sept. 22, 2018
Being a woman during the 1940s came with unusual hardships. Because of World War II, money was scarce and the fear for lives and country was a daily reality. The government encouraged housewives to be heroes on the homefront by helping fight the war from home. Although they might not have become a Red Cross Nurse or Rosie the Riveter, housewives made great contributions to the war effort. Most women gladly made sacrifices, such as spending wisely, growing victory gardens and knitting wool socks, to help their friends and family serving overseas. To compliment the exhibit, an interactive learning center has been set up to help children understand the concepts of life during WWII.
(555 Elm, Norman) 325-4938
Still Looking: The Photography Collection of Carol Beesley Hennagin
June 12 - Dec. 30, 2018
Carol Beesley Hennagin’s love for photography began during her education at the University of California, Los Angeles. For more than 35 years, she has collected works by many of the best known photographers of the 20th century. Still Looking offers a survey of Beesley’s collecting practices and includes photographs by established artists such as Edward Weston and Frederick Sommer, as well as lesser-known figures.
Seeds of Being
June 12 - Dec. 30, 2018
Seeds of Being examines various ways artistic seeds benefit Indigenous groups in North America through the artists’ abilities to nurture, adapt, and envision their communities’ ongoing well-being.
Visualizing Art History
June 12 - Dec. 30, 2018
Visualizing Art History presents the results of an experimental assignment completed by University of Oklahoma students. What you see in Visualizing Art History are not artworks but works of art history. Replete with topics, theses, arguments, counterarguments, evidence and conclusions, these projects are equivalent to the research papers that accumulate on a professor’s desk at the end of a semester.
Ticket to Ride
Oct. 5 - Dec. 30, 2018
Prior to the widespread availability of the automobile, artists experienced and explored the American West by train. Celebrated image makers of the American West, including Thomas Moran and Maynard Dixon, and less well-known designers and painters alike, courted Western railways for transportation, for sales, and for the international promotion of their work and interests. This exhibition features paintings, studies, posters, and graphics that emerged from the parallel relationships between artists and commercial designers with Western rail companies between the late 1880s and early 1930s, which were key decades in passenger travel.
Daren Kendall: Threshold With Me
Oct. 16 - Dec. 30, 2018
Threshold with Me invites viewers to mark their passage through seven sculptural thresholds based on the seven terraces of Dante’s purgatory. Representing moments of both suffering and spiritual growth, Daren Kendall’s work explores universal themes of love and loss with an ultimate aim toward the attainment of Paradise as reconnection and reconciliation.
(1900 W MacArthur, Shawnee)
Sacred Landscapes: The Photography of Lorran Meares
Sept. 22 - Oct. 28, 2018
Lorran Meares incorporates special light-painting techniques and a variety of mediums to allow nighttime to magnify the differences between material culture and the subtle, deeper, hidden world of spirit.
(1700 NE 63rd) 478-2250
In the Principles Office: Tom Ryan the Art Student
April 7 – November 11, 2018
In the Principles Office: Tom Ryan the Art Student takes visitors into the classroom with Ryan as he takes “general illustration” with famed teacher Frank Reilly. Learn the principles of art as he did; the meaning of snow on the shoulders; the difference between hues and values; the importance of anatomy; and the draftsmanship precision of perspective.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters
Sept. 1, 2018 - May 12, 2019
This exhibition highlights this depth and the 20th century American masters who shaped it. Explore early artists such as the Kiowa Six, Tonita Peña, Harrison Begay and the institutions that influenced them — particularly the University of Oklahoma and the Santa Fe Indian School. In addition to the exhibition, the Museum has recently transformed a portion of its permanent galleries to showcase additional contemporary Western art.
Oct. 4, 2018 - Jan. 6, 2019
The Traditional Cowboy Arts Association (TCAA) showcases the best of saddlemaking, bit and spur making, silversmithing, and rawhide braiding; while the Cowboy Artists of America (CAA) features fine art from members who celebrate the West through painting, drawing and sculpture.
Coloring the West
Nov. 17, 2018 - July 14, 2019
Featuring personal items from the archival collections of Bettina Steinke (1913-1999), Wilson Hurley (1924-2008), and Tom Ryan (1922-2011), Coloring the West puts you in front of the artists’ easel. You will learn how these artists worked, and try your hand at “coloring the west” using their techniques for interpreting the colorful landscapes and people that make up the American West.
(415 Couch Dr) 236-3100
Victorian Radicals: From the Pre-Raphaelites to the Arts & Crafts Movement
Oct. 13, 2018 – Jan. 6, 2019
In the second half of the 19th century, three generations of young, rebellious artists and designers revolutionized the visual arts in Britain by engaging with and challenging the new industrial world around them. Featuring works by pioneering artists including Ford Madox Brown, Edward Burne-Jones, William Holman Hunt, John Everett Millais, William Morris, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Elizabeth Sidall, “Victorian Radicals” will represent the spectrum of avant-garde practices of the Victorian era, emphasizing the response of Britain’s first modern art movement to the unfettered industrialization of the period. These artists’ attention to detail, use of vibrant colors and engagement with both literary themes and contemporary life will be illustrated through a selection of paintings, drawings and watercolors presented alongside outstanding examples of decorative arts.
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.
Illuminations: Rediscovering the Art of Dale Chihuly
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.
Patricia and Byron J. Gambulos ZooZeum at the Oklahoma City Zoo
(2101 NE 50th St) 424-3344
National Geographic Photo Ark
Sept. 12 - Dec. 16
National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore has spent much of his career racing the clock, attempting to document every species living in the world’s zoos and wildlife sanctuaries before it’s too late. Since 2006, Sartore has photographed 8,485 species, with another 4,000 remaining to complete his Photo Ark. There will be a total of 52 pieces on display at the ZooZeum. Guests will be able to purchase copies of Sartore’s book “The Photo Ark: One Man’s Quest to Document the World’s Animals” at the Safari Gift Shop. The exhibition will also engage audiences of all ages through free educational materials and activities.
(3000 General Pershing) 951-0000
Celebrating creativity and culture: Oklahoma Latino Cultural Center Festival
Oct. 10 - Nov. 2, 2018
The festival will celebrate all aspects of creativity in Latino culture in Oklahoma -- dance, music, visual arts and more, including local artists in a "Dia de Los Muertos" themed, juried art show.
The Art of Promotion
Sept. 14 - Nov. 10, 2018
The Art of Promotion showcases works by Oklahoma artists and designers who’ve used a diverse range of media to promote concerts, businesses, brands, etc. Statements will accompany the works on display, providing visitors a glimpse into the creative process of each featured artist and designer.
Campbell Art Park (11th & Broadway)
Erwin Redl: Whiteout
Oct 11, 2018 - March 31, 2019
Whiteout is comprised of hundreds of transparent white spheres, each embedded with a discrete, white LED light and suspended from a square grid of steel poles and cabling. The orbs are not fixed and can move with the wind currents from their positions of one foot above the ground plane. The white LEDs are animated in large-scale patterns, superimposing a virtual movement on top of the kinetic movement of the spheres. The sequence of light is an incandescent treatment across the dark seasons of the late fall and winter.
(1400 Classen Dr.) 235-4458
Gayle Curry: Unknown Origins
Oct. 4, 2018 - Feb. 9, 2018
Cancer cells aren’t usually considered things of beauty, but in the artistic hands of Gayle L. Curry, that’s exactly what they’ve become. Gayle explores the microscopic images of cancer cells as a way to process this ugly disease. Whether a survivor, caregiver, or just someone that has been touched by cancer, we are all looking for meaning, and a way to process the pain and suffering so it can lead to empowerment and healing.
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.
(800 Nazih Zuhdi) 522-0765
Where They Went: A Photographic History of Oklahoma Animals
Opening September 21
The title is extracted from a Will Rogers quote: “If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went. The exhibit will be comprised of 26 black-and-white images taken by Oklahoma photographers.
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!: The Birth of Modern Musical Theatre and a New Image for the State
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.
A Sense of Time and Place: Work by Greg Burns
June 21 - Sept. 29, 2018
The exhibit will consist of ten drawings and paintings that have been chosen by the artist specifically for display at the History Center. Burns, although not native to Oklahoma, was moved there as an infant to be treated for arthrogryposis, a muscle and joint disorder that severely limits or prevents movement of the extremities. A graduate in fine arts from the University of Oklahoma, his intricate pen-and-ink drawings and watercolors have received international recognition. His method is anything but conventional. Burns draws with a permanent ink roller ball cradled in his right hand and then colors his drawings with watercolor washes. The watercolors are applied with a brush held in his teeth so that his hand and arm will not drag over the wet paint.
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!: Musical Theatre at 75
The exhibit features twenty-one images, mostly black-and-white with some full-color posters included. The photos range from the Broadway production of the play Green Grow the Lilacs by Lynn Riggs, which was the inspiration for Oklahoma!, through the original production of the musical in 1943 and images from the movie. This exhibit is on display in the Chesapeake Events Center on the first floor of the Oklahoma History Center. However, since the Chesapeake Events Center also is utilized for banquets, meetings, and performances, it is advised that patrons call ahead to assure that it is open to the public at the time of your visit.
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.
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.
(2401 Chautauqua, Norman) 325-4712
Megalodon: Largest Shark that Ever Lived
May 26, 2018 - Jan. 6, 2019
At 60 feet long, Megalodon was the largest shark that ever lived and a dominant marine predator. Though Megalodon vanished 2 million years ago, its fascinating story inspires lessons for science and shark conservation. The exhibition showcases both fossil and modern shark specimens as well as full-scale models from several collections. Visitors enter a full-size sculpture of Megalodon through massive jaws and discover this shark’s history and the world it inhabited, including its size, structure, diet, lifespan, relatives, neighbors, evolution and extinction.
(2020 Remington Pl) 602-6664
Into the Fold: The Art and Science of Origami
March 9, 2018 - Jan. 13, 2019
The exhibition features 29 origami artists from around the state, nation and world, exploring their diverse styles, backgrounds, techniques and their unique applications for the art form — from solving problems in the fields of robotics, medicine, and space exploration to fashion and architecture.