Feeling like you’ve been there and done that? Here are seven outside-of-the-box places to explore in and around OKC!
Editor’s note: Due to COVID-19 precautions, some of the following events and venues may have adjusted their hours or programming. Please check with each venue directly to verify.
99s Museum of Women’s Pilots
4300 Amelia Earhart Rd, Oklahoma City; 685-9990
Hours: Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Located inside The Ninety-Nines, Inc. International Headquarters building near Will Rogers World Airport, the 5,000-plus-square-foot museum contains displays and artifacts focusing on preserving the history of women in aviation, including one of the largest collections of Amelia Earhart memorabilia. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for kids. Children under 5 are free.
Arcadia Round Barn
107 OK-66, Arcadia; 396-0824
Hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
A visit to this iconic Rt. 66 attraction is fun stop for families looking to experience something unexpected. Explore primitive farm equipment as you learn about the unique landmark. The barn’s beautiful ceiling is a sight to see in itself. Admission is free and the barn is open daily.
American Pigeon Museum (reopening July 31)
2300 NE 63rd St, Oklahoma City; 478-5175
Hours: Fridays & Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The museum houses the largest collection of racing and fancy pigeon memorabilia in North America. Learn about the many varieties of pigeons, pigeon equipment and the history of military service involving pigeons, while browse historically significant items from various pigeon fanciers including Thelma Snyder, “Doc” Hollander and more. The museum sits on a spacious 10-acre lot so be sure to head outside to see live pigeon displays, pigeon lofts and the gardens. Museum admission is free, however donations are accepted.
1721 N Lincoln Blvd, Oklahoma City; 235-4058
Hours: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (see website for seasonal changes)
Explore a territorial farm, one-room schoolhouse and Victorian home to learn about what early life was like in Oklahoma. Highlighting the waste-not want-not ethic of a territorial farm family, guided tours offer a hands-on, educational look the pioneering spirit of our state’s earliest residents. Tours happen at select times and are subject to availability, so be sure to call ahead. Admission is $5 for anyone over four years old.
OKC Rattlesnake Museum
15th & S Agnew, Oklahoma City; 850-5905
Hours: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Got a budding herpetologist in your family? Get an up-close look at a selection of rattlesnakes from around the U.S., other venomous snakes from Oklahoma, venomous lizards and more. Live feedings happen regularly, so look for updates on the museum’s Facebook page. Admission is free, however donations are accepted.
Oklahoma Hall of Fame
1400 Classen Dr, Oklahoma City; 235-4458
Hours: Tuesday – Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Experience Oklahoma’s story through its people while exploring the high-tech, interactive exhibits on display at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame. Step into life-size, gilded frames inspired by the contributioning members; explore the galleries and portraits; create in a makerspace inspired by the colorful and intricate Kris Kanaly Makerspace Mural and more. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6 – 17 and free for kids 5 and under, but be sure to check their website to learn about special events, many of which offer free admission.
405 NW 15th St, Oklahoma City; 525-5325
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Many people have contributed to the thriving city we know and love today. Henry Overholser, who was considered by many to be the father of Oklahoma City, built the city’s first mansion. Step back in time inside his home and learn about the remarkable Overholser family. Operated by Preservation Oklahoma, the three-story, French chateau-style house showcases original furnishings, stained glass and ornate canvas painted walls, highlighting social life at the time. Tours happen regularly throughout the day, beginning at the Carriage House and last 35 to 45 minutes. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for kids.
Worth the Drive:
Stafford Air & Space Museum
3000 Logan Rd, Weatherford; 580-772-5871
Hours: Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 – 5 p.m.
An official Affiliate organization of the Smithsonian Institution, the Stafford Air & Space Museum is located in Weatherford, Oklahoma, birthplace of legendary astronaut and aviation pioneer General Thomas P. Stafford. The museum houses over an acre of the finest collections of aviation and space flight exhibits in the central United States.
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