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National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

1700 NE 63rd St,
Oklahoma City, OK 73111
Description

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. Students can find their place in the West. While the museum isn't currently offering guided tours, there are plenty of opportunities for self-directed free-choice exploration. Ask about the family guides and scavenger hunts when you arrive. These encourage kids and parents to look a little closer at objects and artwork.

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.

Bedtime Buckaroos is a virtual bedtime story released on Monday evenings on the museum's social media platforms. Story time plays a vital role in introducing children to the magic of books. Each week, they feature a new engaging Western story read by local authors, community leaders, traditional storytellers and museum staff.
One of their newest initiatives is our Mystery History Box. This interactive, educational box for kids is designed by our staff and is full of crafts, games and a special surprise to help make learning about the West more fun! Each box includes a coloring book, three crafts, a bandanna to color, a lariat and a canvas to create your own Western masterpiece! The coloring book features prominent women from Western history and puzzles and games that relate to each woman. Boxes may be purchased for $25 at The Museum Store or online at store.nationalcowboymuseum.org.
They also added make-at-home craft and art projects that can be found at nationalcowboymuseum.org/projects-at-home. Most of these use items you already have around the house.
There is a lot of space to spread out at the museum and on the grounds. Activities are socially distanced so family groupings can stay together to complete a project. Surfaces and supplies are cleaned before the next family uses them. Hand sanitizer is found throughout and the museum requires face masks.

NOW OPEN - Liichokoshkomo’ at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

Liichokoshkomo’ (pronounced Lee-cho-kosh-ko-MO) is the museum’s brand new 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.


Hours:

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.