Your guide to the current museum exhibitions in OKC

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.


American Banjo Museum

(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

More information coming soon.


Chickasaw Cultural Center – Chikasha Poya Exhibit Center

(867 Cooper Memorial Dr, Sulphur) 580-622-7130; Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon – 5 p.m.
Adults, $7; students, seniors & military, $6; kids (12 & under), free

Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation’s Armed Forces

May 3 – Nov. 18, 2019

The exhibition tells the remarkable history of the brave American Indian and Alaska Native men and women who have served in the United States military. Native peoples have participated in every major U.S. military encounter from the Revolutionary War to today’s conflicts in the Middle East, serving at a higher rate in proportion to their population than any other ethnic group.


Edmond Fine Arts Institute

(27 E Edwards St, Edmond) 340-4481; Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

David Padgett

Through Sept. 30

Features the work of a different local artist each month. Upcoming artists are: Sandy Springer, Behnaz Sohrabian and Art in Schools.


Edmond Historical Society & Museum

(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.


Factory Obscura 

(25 NW 9th St) Wednesday & Thursday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Adults, $15; kids (4 – 12), $12; kids (3 & under), free

Mix-Tape

Opening Sept. 22

The brand-new, permanent exhibit is described as a 20th-century take on the classic audio autobiography, experienced through immersive auditory and tactile art. Visitors will also have the opportunity to collaborate with Meow-Wolf’s House of Eternal Return in Santa Fe, New Mexico.


Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art

(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.

Leviathan I: The Aesthetics of Capital 

April 25 – Dec. 31, 2019 (closing for reinstallation, Sept. 8 – Oct. 4)

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.

Harold Stevenson’s The Great Society

Oct. 4 – Dec. 29, 2019

Mabee-Gerrer Museum Art

(1900 W MacArthur, Shawnee); Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Adults, $5; kids (6-17), $3; Kids (5 & under), free.

More information coming soon. 


Myriad Gardens Visitor Center

(301 W Reno Ave) 445-7080; Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Admission is typically free to see the art.

Crystal Reverie by Rachel Hayes

Aug. 17 – Oct. 21, 2019

Hayes creates art installations with textiles outside in nature that respondto and highlight attributes from canyons, deserts, forests, lakes and even her own backyard. The textiles are on display inside the Crystal Bridge and admission does apply. $8 for adults; $7 for kids.


Moore-Lindsay Historic House Museum

(508 N Peters Ave, Norman) 321-0156; Tuesday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – noon & 1 – 4 p.m.
Admission is free.

Quilt and Handicrafts Show

Sept. 10 – Nov. 2

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

(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.

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.

Passport

July 19 – March 15, 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. The show will feature 12 of the West’s leading cowboy artists and will showcase approximately 50 one-of-a-kind, handcrafted original art pieces demonstrating the finest makers’ work available.

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.


Oklahoma City Museum of Art

(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

Ongoing

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.


Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center

(3000 General Pershing) 951-0000; Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Admission is free.

Museum closed for construction of new location. More information coming soon.

Campbell Art Park (11th & Broadway)

Making Space: Summer Mural Series

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.


Oklahoma Hall of Fame

(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.

The Art of the Portrait

Sept. 12 – Nov. 21

This regional juried exhibition showcases figurative works from artists in Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas.

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.


Oklahoma History Center

(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.

Wanted: Dead or Alive

Through Feb. 29, 2020

This photography exhibit features images of some of Oklahoma’s most infamous criminals. The 38 black-and-white images on display consist of mugshots, crime scene locations and group shots with criminals and law enforcement officers. They span more than 70 years, starting before statehood in 1907 and reaching into the late 1950s.

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 – Sept. 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

Through 2020

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.

Ongoing

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.

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.


Sam Noble Museum

(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.

A Giving Heritage: Wedding Clothes and the Osage Community

Sept. 14 – Dec. 8, 2019

“A Giving Heritage” explores the history of bridal attire among the Osage. The exhibition features beautiful jackets, based on early 19th century military uniforms, that have a special place among the Osage. Once used as gifts from U.S. military personnel to Osage leaders, these coats can be seen as a symbol of the interplay between two cultures, and have also come to symbolize the joining of families through marriage.

A New Moon Rises

Dec. 21. 2019 – March 15, 2020

More info coming soon.


Science Museum Oklahoma

(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

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.


SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology

(10301 S. Sunnylane Rd) 814-0006; Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m; Saturday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Adults, $10; kids (3-12), $8; kids (2 & under), free

Ongoing

From comparative anatomy to classification to adaptation and locomotion, the Museum of Osteology has been designed with learning in mind. Currently displaying over 300 skeletons from all corners of the world, visitors have a unique opportunity to compare and contrast many rare species normally not seen in museum exhibits. In addition, the museum features a variety of North American specimens ranging from tiny mice and shrew skeletons to a 40-foot humpback whale.