Your guide to the current museum exhibitions in OKC

Oklahoma City is home to many world-class museums and historical venues. This guide will help you find all the exhibits currently on display is museums across the OKC metro so. 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.

Behnaz Sohrabian

Through Nov. 30

Features the work of a different local artist each month. Upcoming are exhibitons are: 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

Ongoing (Opened 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

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

In April of 1966, artist Harold Stevenson began The Great Society, an ambitious series of portraits depicting residents of his hometown of Idabel, Oklahoma and the surrounding McCurtain County. Composed of 98 large portraits, Stevenson considered The Great Society a single work of art.

Misunderstood! Indigenous Art and Poetry as Political Resistance

Oct. 4 – Dec. 29, 2019

Misunderstood! features poems and artworks ranging from 1894 to 2017. As these works demonstrate, Native artists and writers have grappled with the same misperceptions of their communities for more than 100 years. These texts and images draw attention to neglected and curated histories about Native peoples.


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.

Biblical Stories Re-imagined

December 14, 2019 – January 19, 2020

This exhibit will feature works on paper from the museum’s permanent collection from the 19th – 21st centuries that illustrate Biblical stories such as Adam and Eve, the resurrection of Christ and the Nativity.  Some of the artists include Marc Chagall, Jean Charlot, Rev. John Walch, and Stephen Gyermek.


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.

More information coming soon.


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.

Victorian Christmas Traditions

Nov. 30 – Jan. 4


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 activities for kids & their caregivers during their Kids Take Over the Cowboy event (first Saturday of the month) &  free admission on Wednesdays, August – November.

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.

Two Grits – A Peek Behind the Eyepatch

Nov. 15, 2019 – May 10, 2020

The exhibition will explore the similarities and the differences between the 1969 and 2009 version of True Grit. Visitors will see a comparison of character development, cinematography, screenplays, actors’ performances, costumes and more. Film artifacts, costume components and props from both films, as well as photographs from both films, will help exhibition goers understand the two True Grit films and the novel by the same name.

Some exhibition highlights include Kim Darby’s and Hailee Steinfeld’s Mattie Ross costumes, Jeff Bridges’s Rooster Cogburn hat and Matt Damon’s LaBoeuf costume. However, the piece de resistance is John Wayne’s actual True Grit costume – shirt, pants, jacket, neckerchief, belt, cowboy boots, hat and iconic eye patch.

Find Your Western

Dec. 14, 2019 – May 10, 2020

Features a collection of movie posters, film stills, comic books, pulp publications, novels, costumes and more, all exploring how different people have interpreted the West.  Some highlights include Giant the 1956 film starring screen legends Elizabeth Taylor and James Dean, Grapes of Wrath by Nobel Laureate John SteinbeckClint Eastwood’s 1980 comedy Broncho Billy and costumes from Gail Davis’s portal of Annie Oakley on the 1950s TV series Annie Oakley and Robin McLeavy’s Hell on Wheels character Eva Oates.

Warhol and the West

January 31 – May 10, 2020

Warhol and the West will explore Warhol’s love of the West represented in his art, movies, attire, travel and collecting. He wore cowboy boots, many paint splattered most days, and traveled often to New Mexico, Texas and Colorado, areas where he acquired a vast personal collection of Western art, pottery, photographs, artifacts, fashion and accessories. In 1986, Warhol completed his Cowboys and Indians portfolio, the last major project before his death. The portfolio includes 14 iconic images of Western subjects such as Custer, Geronimo, Annie Oakley, and John Wayne, which form the backbone of the exhibition. Beyond the portfolio, some of his other western subjects include Elvis as a movie gunslinger, Clint Eastwood, Dennis Hopper, guns, Indian art, Western artists R.C. Gorman, Georgia O’Keeffe and Fritz Scholder, plus two Western movies he produced.

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.

Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing 

Feb.14 – May 10, 2020

From documenting the plight of Dust Bowl migrants during the Great Depression to magnifying the experiences of incarcerated Japanese Americans during World War II, Lange’s photographs illustrate the power of photography and illuminate major social issues of the 20th century. Although Lange’s photographs were taken more than 50 years ago, many of the issues they address remain relevant today: poverty, environmental degradation, and treatment of immigrants, the erosion of rural communities, racial discrimination and women’s rights. The exhibition will include both well recognized and rarely seen photographs that reveal and re-establish the artist as a significant pioneer in photography as historical documentary and social activism.


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.

Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s​ Fireworks (Archives), 2014

June 22 – Dec. 31, 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.

POP Power from Warhol to Koons: Masterworks from the Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation 

June 2020

Features more than 100 works on paper and sculptures by the biggest names in Pop Art. From innovators such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Claes Oldenburg to popular and provocative artists like James Rosenquist, Robert Indiana, Keith Haring, Damien Hirst, Takashi Murakami, Julian Opie, and Jeff Koons, the exhibition details the incredible transformation of the visual arts in the last half-century.

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)

More information coming soon.


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.

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

MCosmic Culture: Intersections of Art and Outer Space

Through March 29, 2020

Revolving around Jacob Hashimoto’s “The Other Sun,” a Minecraft-inspired installation made from 2,000 bamboo-and-paper kites, this exhibition explores how space exploration and visual art have influenced each other. Featured contemporary artists include Carrie Dickason, Tulsa, Oklahoma; Cassandra Hanks, Los Angeles; Jacob Hashimoto, New York; Kysa Johnson, Los Angeles; and Darci Lenker, Norman, Oklahoma.


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.