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.
(9 E Sheridan Ave) 604-2793; Tuesday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday, noon – 5 p.m.
Adults, $8; kids (5-17), $6; kids (under 5), free; families (2 adults, 2 kids), $15
Jim Henson – Life and Legacy
Sept. 2018 – Aug. 2019
The special exhibit remembers the optimistic visionary who created the Muppets and positively influenced generations. In addition to Kermit the Frog, original artwork, rare photographs, pop culture and more, Jim Henson – Life and Legacy will feature a very special banjo, the Muppets Banjo, originally owned and played by British musician Martin Kershaw.
(27 E Edwards St, Edmond) 340-4481; Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Through July 31
Features the work of a different local artist each month. Upcoming artists are: Austin Navrkal, David Padgett, Sandy Springer and Behnaz Sohrabian.
(431 S Boulevard, Edmond) 340-0078; Tuesday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturdays, 1 – 4 p.m.
Admission is free.
1920s Edmond: Ain’t We Got Fun?
Through Jan. 2020
See what Edmond was like during the Roarin‘ Twenties.
Snapshots in Time: 100 Years of Photographs & Camera in Edmond
June 11, 2019 – March 10, 2020
The exhibit features photographs and cameras from Edmond’s first century, including over 20 vintage cameras dating from the 1920s to 1990s.
(555 Elm, Norman) 325-4938; Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Thursday, until 9 p.m.; Sunday, 1 – 5 p.m.
Admission is free.
Between the Isms: The Oklahoma Society of Impressionists and Selected Oklahoma Expressionists
June 7 – Sept. 8, 2019
In 1987, the Oklahoma Society of Impressionists originated in a workshop in Taos, New Mexico, when a group of like-minded artists with ties to Oklahoma decided to form an organization dedicated to the lasting influence of Impressionism. This exhibition features recent paintings from the group as well as a selection of paintings by Oklahoma artists working in expressionist styles.
Leviathan I: The Aesthetics of Capital
April 25 – Dec. 31, 2019
In Leviathan I: The Aesthetics of Capital, artist Pete Froslie transforms the gallery into an experimental extension of his art studio. Froslie integrates understandings of climate change, moral and political philosophy, philosophical aesthetics and demonology through the media of experimental electro-mechanics and game engine-based digital projection.
(5911 W. Memorial Rd) Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Celebration of Life Art Show
July 24 – Sept. 6
The exhibit showcases all forms of art including fiber, graphics, oil, watercolor, mixed media, photography, pottery, sculpture, writing and poetry. Artists of all ages express how their lives have been affected by cancer. The pieces may be by individuals or collaborative, done by professionals as well as first-time artists.
(1900 W MacArthur, Shawnee); Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Adults, $5; kids (6-17), $3; Kids (5 & under), free.
Occidente: West Mexican Pottery from the Museum of the Red River
March 31 – June 23, 2019
(301 W Reno Ave) 445-7080; Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Admission is free.
Works by David Holland: The Skies Have It
July 18 – Aug. 20, 2019
OKC Zoo Art Gone Wild
Aug. 22 – Sept. 16
(508 N Peters Ave, Norman) 321-0156; Tuesday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – noon & 1 – 4 p.m.
Admission is free.
Early Norman Schools
Aug. 1 – 30
Explore pieces of the museum’s collection and more.
(1700 NE 63rd) 478-2250; Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m – 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon – 5 p.m.
Adults, $12.50; kids, (6-12), $5.57; kids (5 & under), free – Free admission for children & their caregivers during Saturdays for Kids (first Saturday of the month) & Wednesdays, August – November.
Prix de West
June 7 – August 11, 2019
The exhibition features more than 300 paintings and sculpture by the finest contemporary Western artists in the nation as well as art seminars, cocktail receptions and awards. The exhibiting artists bring a diversity of styles to this significant art exhibition and sale. Works range from historical pieces that reflect the early days of the West, to more contemporary and impressionistic works of art.
Layered Stories – America’s Canyonlands
June 15 – Oct. 20, 2019
The centennial of Grand Canyon National Park is an opportunity to exhibit more of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s permanent collection that focuses on landforms unique in the American West. The grandeur of the American West, in particular those landforms created through wind and water erosion, is celebrated in these depictions of the canyonlands.
July 19 – March 2020
Art is not one-dimensional and neither are those who create it. Though often defined by their most well-known work or style—Impressionist, Cubist, Modern, Realist, Western—they experiment and evolve throughout their careers, often working across mediums and subjects. Exhibited for the first time, these unexpected pieces take us around the world, through the decades, and into diverse artistic careers. You don’t need a DeLorean to visit the past or frequent flyer miles to experience different countries and cultures.
Colors of Clay
Aug. 30 2019 – May 10, 2020
The exhibition explores the cultural and regional diversity of indigenous ceramic vessel traditions in North America. Vibrantly colored and sculpted with absolute precision, clay pots, bowls, pitchers, and jars were a dominate fixture of Native American daily life and are today viewed as one of the most notable Native American art forms.
Caballeros y Vaqueros
Sept. 14, 2019 – Jan. 5, 2020
Caballeros y Vaqueros (CyV) traces the decorative traditions of new world husbandry as they developed in Colonial Mexico from a fusion of Native American, European, African and Islamic traditions. By focusing on working objects as sculptural art, CyV helps guests to see the global traditions that manifested into a unique Western visual tradition.
Traditional Cowboy Arts Exhibition & Sale
Oct. 5, 2019 – Jan. 5, 2020
The Traditional Cowboy Arts Association (TCAA) will showcase the best of saddlemaking, bit and spur making, silversmithing and rawhide braiding.
Spiro and the Art of the Mississian World
Feb. 12, 2021 – April 28, 2021
The Spiro people, and their Mississippian peers, are nearly forgotten in the pages of North American history, yet they created one of the most exceptional and highly developed societies in all of the Americas. This exhibition explores the archaeological and historical data connecting the Spiro site and its people to other communities throughout North and Central America.
(415 Couch Dr) 236-3100; Wednesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon – 5 p.m.; Third Thursdays, until 9 p.m.
Adults, $12; kids (6-18), $10; kids (5 & under), free – Complimentary admission offered twice a year during the Museum’s SONIC Free Family Days.
Postwar Abstraction: Variations
April 19, 2019 – Dec. 31, 2020
From the half-century or so following the end of World War II was one of the most fertile periods in the history of abstract painting. The works featured in Postwar Abstraction: Variations highlight a period of remarkable creativity, when ideas of abstraction and the nature and limits of artistic mediums were being hotly contested by artists.
From the Golden Age to the Moving Image: The Changing Face of the Permanent Collection
March 1 – December 31, 2020
This spring, OKCMOA will be reopening its second-floor galleries with an exciting new presentation of its permanent collection. Headlining this reinstallation is the Museum’s latest acquisition, Kehinde Wiley’s monumental new portrait Jacob de Graeff (2018) from the artist’s Kehinde Wiley: Saint Louis exhibition. The museum has also recently acquired “An Italian Autumn” by renowned American artist Thomas Cole.
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.
Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Fireworks (Archives), 2014
June 22 – Dec. 30, 2019
This exhibition is the first of a series of works by internationally renowned filmmaker and visual artist Apichatpong In a single-channel video installation that the artist’s website describes as a “hallucinatory memory machine,” the flickering light of fireworks and the sudden flash of a digital camera illuminate unconventional animal sculptures at a temple in Northeast Thailand. Weerasethakul.
Photographing the Street
June 22 – Dec. 1, 2019
The exhibition the work of four American and Canadian artists who have chosen the street as their primary subject. Photographing the Street demonstrates the richness of expression, abundance of visual possibilities, and stimulating moments afforded by the most public of spaces, the street.
Renewing the American Spirit: The Art of the Great Depression
Nov. 2, 2019 – April 26, 2020
The exhibition explores the physical and social landscape of the United States during the Great Depression through paintings, prints, photographs, and other media. The original exhibition includes a selection of works from the Museum’s excellent collection of WPA art, a recently acquired monumental mural by Gardner Hale, which has not been exhibited publicly since the First President’s bicentennial exhibition in 1932, and several loans from regional institutions.
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.
(3000 General Pershing) 951-0000; Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Admission is free.
More information coming soon.
Making Space: Summer Mural Series, Part 1 & Part 2
June 8 – Aug. 6, 2019 & Aug. 10 – Oct. 31
Oklahoma Contemporary will exhibit a series of murals along the construction fence of the new building site to showcase local talent, give new artists an opportunity to grow and develop their skills in mural creation and offer free public art to enrich downtown Oklahoma City.
(1400 Classen Dr.) 235-4458; Tuesday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Adults, $7; kids (6-17), $5; kids (5 & under), free – Complimentary admission offered on the second Saturday of each month and Thursdays between Memorial & Labor Day.
Patrick Riley: A Retrospective
May 30 – Aug. 29, 2019
See the work of G. Patrick Riley. Although mask making is where his true passion lies, Riley has practiced many mediums throughout his career. Celebrating an arts education career spanning more than 50 years, Riley has served as teacher, professor, and administrator.
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; Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Adults, $7; kids (6-17), $5; kids (5 & under), free; families (up to 6 people), $18 – Complimentary admission offered during the Museum’s Septemberfest event.
Votes for Women
Nov. 5, 2018 – Sept. 30, 2019
The Oklahoma History Center will open a photographic exhibit celebrating the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote in Oklahoma. Votes for Women will feature twenty-eight black-and-white photographs from the Oklahoma Historical Society’s photograph archives and the Library of Congress highlighting some of the key moments and events, and the people who fearlessly led the way.
Unsolved History: Forensic Science, Cold Cases, and Art Therapy
March 30 – Oct. 30, 2019
This exhibit is comprised of 11 artistic creations by Oklahoma-based artists and art therapists who work with the families of victims in cold case crimes. Led by Shannon Hazen, Tina Adams and Kris Newlin, and connected to the Oklahoma Homicide Survivors Support Group, artists were paired with families to participate in the project. Each piece reflects the collaboration between the artist and the family, which helped family members express their grief and frustration at their loss and the myriad of unanswered questions left in the wake of the crime.
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.
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; Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 – 5 p.m.
Adults, $8; kids (4 – 17), $5; kids (3 & under) free – Free for children 17 and under on the first Monday of each month; complimentary admission offered at select events throughout the year.
Under the Arctic: Digging into Permafrost
May 12 – Sept. 2, 2019
Step into the shoes of a climate science researcher and solve engineering challenges posed by the changing global climate in Under the Arctic: Digging into Permafrost. The immersive exhibit experience highlights the sights and smells of the Western Hemisphere’s only permafrost research tunnel.
A New Moon Rises
Dec. 21. 2019 – March 15, 2020
More info coming soon.
(2020 Remington Pl) 602-6664; Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. – Complimentary admission offered during the Museum’s Tinkerfest event.
Adults, $15.95; kids (3-12), $12.95
Apollo 11: For All Mankind
June 22 – July 31, 2019
When it comes to space exploration, the period from 1961-1972 appears more like 11 years that belong in the 21st century rather than the 20th. It was during this time that humanity took its first steps to another world. Join the astronomy educators in Science Museum Oklahoma’s Kirkpatrick Planetarium and trace the courageous beginnings of space exploration up to and through the accomplishments of NASA’s Apollo moon program and examine the legacy of Apollo which lives today with our eyes looking toward Mars and beyond.
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure
Through Sept. 2, 2019
The region’s largest Cretaceous carnivore and an herbivore that called southeastern Oklahoma’s Atoka County home are among the dinosaurs at the center of the exhibit featuring interactive, lifelike robotic dinosaurs and a variety of hands-on components that visitors can explore to better understand some of the giant creatures that called Oklahoma’s red dirt landscape home.
Life Imagined – The Art and Science of Automata
Through Sept. 29, 2019
From the Greek word automatos, meaning “moves on its own,” automata are the first complex machines produced by man. Long before robots were the reality they are today, automata were created as an attempt to simulate nature and domesticate natural forces. These attempts to imitate life by mechanical means and the use of these principles have resulted in the evolution of technology over centuries.