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National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

1700 NE 63rd St,
Oklahoma City, OK 73111



The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum offers many educational, age-appropriate field trip programs that offer students the chance to explore various images and artifacts unique to the American West.  Enjoy a variety of Special Programs focused on Oklahoma weather, Cherokee Culture and more! Docent-facilitated tours engage students through lively, inquiry-based conversations that challenge students to examine, explore and share throughout the Museum. Teacher-directed groups are always welcome.

During traditional school break weeks, they offer drop-in activities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Stop by for a make-and-take art/craft project. No reservations are required but activities are only available while supplies last so don’t miss out! On the first Saturday of the month, they also offer Kids Take Over the Cowboy from 10 a.m. to noon. Families have the chance to explore the museum and participate in activities related to Western culture. It may be a celebration of women in the West, trying your hand at traditional Native games or learning more about a special exhibition through craft activities and story time.

Oklahoma schoolchildren including public, private, charter, or home school groups receive free admission. One chaperone per seven students is allowed complimentary. Ask about the $125 stipend for each bus you bring.
I just wanted to say thank you so much from the bottom of my heart for letting my students come visit your beautiful museum. We had a fantastic time and we felt so welcome by your staff. We really felt like you went the extra mile to make our students feel comfortable and included. I hope that more facilities will follow your lead and make their services more inclusive for students on the autism spectrum. We really appreciate your time and effort so much. Thank you again! - Timber Hatfield, special education teacher

Liichokoshkomo’ at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

Liichokoshkomo’ (pronounced Lee-cho-kosh-ko-MO) is the museum’s backyard playscape, where STEAM activities and kinesthetic play meet cultural diversity. Families can explore Native dwellings such as a Pawnee earth lodge or Chickasaw Council House, learn to rope a steer in the rodeo arena, tap out a message with the telegraph or determine how often the geyser rockets out of the waterfall pool. Parents can take a break while they watch the kiddos play at the Friess Family Playground. The completely enclosed play space allows kids to run and climb, all within a parent’s line of sight.


Sun: Noon - 5 p.m.
Mon: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tue: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Wed: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thu: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Fri: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sat: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
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