Editor's Picks: Museums Worth the Drive
We love visiting museums year-round, but January often calls for museum visits out of necessity. A visit to a museum is a terrific way to keep kids entertained indoors during the winter months. After you visit all Oklahoma City’s exciting museum offerings, here are a few that are worth a road trip.
3000 E. Logan Rd., Weatherford
Why We Love It: Some of the greatest artifacts of the aviation world are housed at this museum, located an hour west of Oklahoma City. Kids love the larger-than-life displays and parents love all the opportunities for their kids to get inspired by science and space. The staff has carefully curated a collection of rockets, engines and airplanes on display in the massive museum and encourages kids to get a close look at artifacts that explain the history of air and space travel.
308 W. Franklin Ln., Stillwater
Why We Love It: Just an hour northeast of Oklahoma City sits an educational gem for kids of all ages. Plan to spend all day at this children’s museum, where you’ll find hands-on exhibits that put learning first. Visitors learn while they play with kid-sized building blocks, milk a pretend cow, splash on a water table and more. Every exhibit is kid-focused and gives parents clear-cut prompts to help kids learn while they play.
1720 W. Will Rogers Blvd., Claremore
Why We Love It: This is one of our favorite places to learn about the history of our state. The museum, located two hours northeast of Oklahoma City, is housed on land that was once the personal estate of famous Oklahoman Will Rogers. Today, the 20-acre museum grounds include indoor and outdoor displays of art and history. Kids stay entertained with video kiosks revealing the incredible cowboy trick roping talents of Rogers and others, a famous saddle collection and detailed displays of early life in Oklahoma. The museum’s lower level houses interactive exhibits especially for young visitors.
867 Cooper Memorial Dr., Sulphur
Why We Love It: Travel just an hour and a half south of Oklahoma City to find one of the greatest displays of Native American history and heritage in the country. This center boasts massive indoor and outdoor exhibits that keep visitors of all ages entertained. The facility educates visitors on a wide variety of American Indian history from the somber Removal Corridor exhibits to the celebratory displays of Native dancing and singing. Much more than a museum, this facility puts all elements of Native American life on display in an outdoor village with language lessons, storytelling, living history performances, cooking demonstrations and more.
2229 W. Gary Blvd., Clinton
Why We Love It: Kids are drawn into this museum by the shiny classic car on display in the front window. Once they get inside, they’re entertained with an interactive trail that takes visitors through the history of iconic Route 66 and the impact it made on Oklahoma and the rest of the country. The museum is located about an hour and a half west of Oklahoma City. A favorite element for all ages is a 1950s replica diner next door to the museum where visitors can see what a road trip stop was like for the early travelers on Route 66.