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 in 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.
(900 W Main St) 405-982-6900; Open during lobby hours, guided tours Tuesdays at 6 p.m.
Feb. 26, 2022-Feb. 28, 2023
Featuring over 80 works of art by 40 artists from all over the world, this multi-media exhibition explores the reality and representation of nature as both organic and artificial, increasingly influenced by technology and commerce, and reflecting fears and fantasies about the future.
(9 E Sheridan Ave) 405-604-2793; 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
Women of Banjo
June 2020 – May 2022
Women of the Banjo chronicles the contributions of women to the colorful past, vibrant present and unlimited future of the banjo. From prominent contemporary performers such as Alison Brown and Rhiannon Giddens to pop icons Taylor Swift, Dolly Parton and many others, historic insights, instruments, stage attire, and a glimpse of ever-changing fashion trends all help in the telling of this important aspect of banjo history.
(27 E Edwards St, Edmond) 405-340-4481; Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
May 1-31, 2022
Zonly describes his style as Pop Expressionism and is known for his work in acrylic on canvas, public murals, and sculptures.
Features the work of a different local artist each month. The Edmond Fine Arts Gallery is open daily for public viewing Monday-Friday or by appointment.
- June – Rory Morgan
- July – Dana Lombardo
- August – Brett & Clancy Gray
- September – David Padgett
- October – Mark & Jennifer Hustis
- November – Behnaz Sohrabian
- December – Herb Graves
(431 S Boulevard, Edmond) 340-0078; Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 1-4 p.m.
Admission is free.
Young at Art: A Selection of Caldecott Illustrations
May 15 – June 20, 2022
Kyle Dillingham & Horseshoe Road: America’s Musical Ambassadors
May 2-Dec. 31, 2022
This exhibit explores the musical expression of these three performers through their lives, travels and vast repertoire of music. Highlights of artifacts on loan include concert and tour memorabilia from Horseshoe Road, the first musical instrument of each of the band members, handwritten scores and recordings, Dillingham’s purple performance suit designed by Manuel Cuevas, and the Dolly Parton skateboard Dillingham rode onto the stage of the Grand Ole Opry.
50 Years of LibertyFest
June 30 – July 30, 2022
Edmond’s African American History: Land Run to Integration
New online exhibit
The topic of African Americans in Edmond is often questioned, mostly because of its absence. From the 1920s until the 1970s, no African Americans lived in Edmond. The influence of the Jim Crow laws, the Ku Klux Klan, and even Oklahoma City Public Schools integration affected Edmond, which was promoted as “100% white” for many years. This digital exhibit explores the history of African American families in Edmond, segregation and more. This exhibit was originally developed as a companion piece to the traveling exhibit The Power of Children, which EHS&M hosted in the fall of 2017. It has been expanded and adapted slightly in order to function better as a digital exhibit. Topics addressed include: Edmond’s Early African American Community, Separate Schools, Jim Crow Laws, Was Edmond a Sundown Town?, Promotion of Edmond as 100% White, The Ku Klux Klan in Edmond, School Integration, White Flight Fuels the Growth of Edmond, Integrating Edmond, and the End of An All-White Edmond.
(1 E Sheridan, Ste 100) Open daily, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
As We Gather: Plants and Foods of our Land
March 1-June 30, 2022
The exhibition explores the unique heritage of five First American artists at Oklahoma City’s Exhibit C Gallery. Exhibiting work influenced by the artists’ personal histories, the exhibition will feature Brent Greenwood, Johnnie Lee Diacon, Norma Howard, Risi Thelander and Rose Drake.
(25 NW 9th St) Wednesday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Thursday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Mixed-Tape is a 20th-century take on the classic audio autobiography. The exhibition is a 6,000-square-feet, hand-crafted, immersive art experience.
(555 Elm, Norman) 325-4938; Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 – 5 p.m.
Admission is free.
Ascendant: Expressions of Self-Determination
March 24- Aug. 14, 2022
Includes works by artists enrolled at the University of Oklahoma from 1946 to 1954. Following in the footsteps of the “Kiowa Six,” Chief Terry Saul (Chickasaw, Choctaw), Walter “Dick” West (Cheyenne) and Oscar Howe (Yanktonai Dakota), the exhibition explores the context in which this remarkable group of students came to OU, presents their development as artists, and demonstrates their legacy.
Resistance, Memory, and Play: The Work of Joseph DeLappe
April 29-July 3, 2022
The exhibition includes online gaming performances and sculptures. DeLappe’s work examines relationships between art, technology, and social issues. Through multimedia, including video games, paintings, and sculpture, he confronts audiences with his perspective on relevant current issues.
Opening June 23, 2022
A new immersive experience by Factory Obscura at the Fred Jones Jr Museum of Art in Norman. Drawing inspiration from the museum’s permanent collection, and in particular the work of Olinka Hrdy, Factory Obscura invites museum visitors to experience the collection like never before.
(215 Dean A. McGee Ave) 405-420-6176; Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
United States v. George “Machine Gun” Kelly (1933)
Last summer, a new exhibit opened in the learning center to highlight the Machine Gun Kelly case from 1933. The exhibit is not to be confused with the singer, songwriter, rapper and actor Colson Baker, who claimed “Machine Gun Kelly” as his professional stage name. As one of the most famous cases in Oklahoma’s history, the exhibit will feature some of the critical details of the crime and trial, exposing visitors to unique pieces of the story.
A brief description of the case, which currently exists in the learning center, reads, “Late in the evening of July 22, 1933, George Kelly, carrying his trademark machine gun, kidnapped Charles Urschel, a wealthy oilman, during a game of cards on the screen porch of his Oklahoma City mansion.” He collected a $200,000 ransom from the kidnapping. The Machine Gun Kelly trial was both the first criminal trial in the United States to be captured on film and the first kidnapping trial to take place following the Lindbergh Law, which made kidnapping a federal crime.
(1900 W MacArthur, Shawnee) Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Adults, $5; kids (6-17), $3; Kids (5 & under), free.
Tkenagen Mnowabmenagwet: The Beauty of Indigenous Cradleboards
April 23-June 19, 2022
One of the most striking symbols of native North American childhood is the cradle, a tool widely used by groups across the continent, and even in today’s Native American communities. Providing a means for restraining, protecting, and transporting infants, cradles were a necessity, especially for nomadic peoples. On loan from the Museum of the Red River and private collections, this exhibit features several cradles that show the basic template used by a multitude of Natives, but also highlights the regional and tribal variations in materials, construction styles and embellishment.
(122 E Main St, Norman) 405-360-1162; Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Artist Liz Roth – Understanding Place: Perspectives
May 13-July 9, 2022
Understanding Place: Perspectives presents artist Liz Roth’s longtime exploration of landscape in many media, including sketches, watercolor, oil painting and prints. The exhibition is organized as a journey around the world beginning with America 101, an exploration of every state in America, and ending with Roth’s ongoing project to render the rich and varied landscapes of the 40th parallel north.
(301 W Reno Ave) 445-7080; Monday & Tuesday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Wednesday-Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Senior hour: Monday & Tuesday, 9-10 a.m.; ages 65 & up & caregivers.
Admission is free to see art.
Bloom! by Sharon Sudduth
April 12-May 25, 2022
Spring is here with Sharon Sudduth’s colorful, large-scale botanicals. Sharon loves to create joyful colorful art filled with layers, reflections and light. Her specialty is painting big floral art.
The Nature of Art
May 26- July 6, 2022
Before photography, scientists relied on botanical illustrations to depict plants and the natural world, to assess their scientific traits. These illustrations are no longer needed for scientific purposes but can be enjoyed for their detailed artistry. This exhibit is made up of five artists with varying styles of naturalist illustrations that balance the science and art of this style.
Blue: Nature’s Rarest Color
July 7-August 17
Did you know the only naturally occurring blue pigment in nature is found on the wings of the obrina olivewing butterfly? Every other instance of the color blue you see in nature is due to the chemistry and physics of how colors are produced, and how we see them. This exhibit explores the instances of blue in nature and why.
(508 N Peters Ave, Norman) 321-0156; Wednesday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Admission is free.
More info coming soon.
(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
Feb. 11 – May 1, 2022
Western design is perhaps the most common expression of Cowboy culture that is accessed regularly across the full spectrum of our visitors. From rhinestones and pearl snaps to cattle horns on the grill of a car, people recognize and associate specific design elements with the West. Upon entering the exhibition space, Museum visitors will first experience the early influences of western design that stemmed from Indigenous, Hispanic and European cultures. The exhibition then explores varied
March 4-July 24, 2022
The written communications artists send and receive show their expression in ways their art cannot. Letters, holiday cards, and postcards show personal bonds forged through a mutual understanding of the challenges of being an artist. Made possible through the A. Keith Brodkin Contemporary Western Artists Project, Express Mail explores how artists express themselves through the mail.
Colter’s Hell: Yellowstone National Park at 150
June 25-Oct. 23, 2022
The sesquicentennial of Yellowstone National Park is an opportunity to exhibit more of the National Cowboy Museum’s permanent art collection that focuses on the unique landforms and spaces in Yellowstone National Park and to inculcate in the visitor the importance of preserving these lands for public appreciation and enjoyment.
Looking Through the Windows to the West
July 29, 2022-Feb. 19, 2023
From 1991 to 1996, Wilson Hurley devoted his life and artistic skills to creating five enormous triptychs that depict the grandeur of the American western landscape. Known collectively as the Windows to the West, the fifteen canvases grace the walls of the National Cowboy Museum’s Sam Noble Special Events Center. This exhibition presents never before exhibited preparatory materials such as Hurley’s test canvases, sketches, mathematical diagrams and formulas, and color studies and is presented through the A. Keith Brodkin Contemporary Western Artists Project.
Art of the Northwest Coast
Aug. 27, 2022-May 1, 2023
This exhibition explores the northwest coast’s rich artistic history through prints, glass, wooden and stones sculptures, and basketry. From painted totem poles to bentwood boxes, northwest coast artwork is known across the world. Its unique style and beautiful colors communicate stories, teach family histories, offer protection, describe divine creatures, and showcase the wealth of community leaders
Aliento a Tequila ( The Spirit of Tequila)
Sept. 1-Oct. 23, 2022
The exhibition explores and celebrates the landscape, culture, and traditions that gave birth to tequila, Mexico’s mestizo national drink. This series of photographs by Joel Salcido includes the original distilleries that literally founded the industry, as well as several artisanal tequileras committed to the ancestral ways of tequila-making, from harvest to bottle.
Sombreros Texanas and Bosses of the Plains: Cowboy Hats from the Permanent Collection
Sept. 16, 2022-Jan. 8, 2023
This exhibition will examine the development of what is known today as a “cowboy hat.” Beginning with wide-brimmed leather hats (vaqueteadas), the exhibition will explore the evolution of the cowboy hat from woven sombreros, to “John B.’s” or ‘Stetson’s” (whether they were Stetson-made or not), to today’s working cowboy giant “taco shells,” and flamboyantly-creased (and decorated) hats of rodeo riders and entertainers, and in popular culture today. Hats by famous actors such as John Wayne, Steve McQueen, and Tom Selleck, rodeo performers such as Shirley Jauregui and Toots Mansfield, Western musicians such as Johnny Lee Wills and Gene Autry, and others will comprise the exhibition.
Nov. 19, 2022-May 7, 2023
This exhibition will examine the often-thin line separating the outlaw from the lawman, i.e. the lawless from the law-enforcing in the American West. In fact, many outlaws became lawmen and vice versa. Firearms, badges, bank and railroad ephemera, incarceration tools, photographs, and archives will be used, including Martin E. Trejo’s Texas Ranger badges, Bill Tilghman’s Sharps rifle, a clutch purse allegedly belonging to Bonnie Parker, and transcripts from the Osage murder trials used by author David Graham for his book, Killers of the Flower Moon, and by Martin Scorcese for his forthcoming film by the same title.
You Have Died of Dysentery
Dec. 10, 2022-May 7, 2023
“You have died of Dysentery” is a line from the famous game over screen from The Oregon Trail series of computer games. The quote also calls out the connection between Western-themed play and the often-dark realities of history. The exhibition focuses on playing Western through games, books and videos after 1970. Video games like Oregon Trail and Red Dead Redemption will be explored alongside Western-themed board games, role-playing games, young adult novels, comic books and cartoons.
(415 Couch Dr) 236-3100; Wednesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon – 5 p.m. (Winter hours: Wednesday-Thursday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m; Friday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon – 5 p.m.)
Adults, $12; kids (17 & under), free – Complimentary admission offered twice a year during the Museum’s SONIC Free Family Days.
Pop Art and Text
Jan. 19-July 24, 2022
The new Pop Art gallery will be on view as part of OKCMOA’s permanent collection installation. The gallery will include over a dozen works including two newly acquired lithographs by Ed Ruscha and eight screenprints by Andy Warhol.
The Perfect Shot: Walter Iooss Jr. and the Art of Sports Photography
March 5 – Sept. 4, 2022
This new, original exhibition of photographs by iconic sports photographer Walter Iooss Jr. includes over 80 photographs spanning 50 years of Iooss’ career – ranging from a girl striking out at a high school softball game to NFL players winning the Super Bowl. Highlighting the universal emotions that athletes the world over know well, the exhibition will be divided into five sections: Anticipation, Perseverance, Triumph, Disappointment and Reflection. Featured sports include basketball, baseball, football, gymnastics, boxing, golf, tennis and swimming.
Folded Circle Split (Carolyn Hill Park)
On display now
“Folded Circle Split” by Fletcher Benton, an already-iconic nine-foot-
Chihuly Then and Now: The Collection at Twenty
Opens June 18
The exhibition features new works on loan from Chihuly Studio in Seattle, as well as visitor favorites from OKCMOA’s permanent collection, telling a comprehensive story of Chihuly’s groundbreaking career.
Highlights from the Rose Family Glass Collection
Opening Sept. 3
The Rose Family Glass Collection provides visitors with a deeper contextual understanding of OKCMOA’s collection of Chihuly glass by showcasing the broader story of the Studio Glass movement that originated in America in the 1950s and continues to the present day.
Abbas Kiarostami: Beyond the Frame
Oct. 15, 2022-Jan. 15, 2023
Beyond the Frame is a multimedia, retrospective survey of artworks by acclaimed Iranian filmmaker, photographer and visual artist, Abbas Kiarostami. The exhibition reveals a singular artistic vision and a wide-ranging body of work nearly a half-century in the making, from his early children’s films and graphic design work to his immersive large-scale photographs and installations of his twenty-first-century video art.
Art and Activism at Tougaloo College
Feb. 18, 2023-May 14, 2023
This exhibition features works of art from the collection of Tougaloo College, a historically Black college in Mississippi. Founded in 1869, Tougaloo College played a central role in the Civil Rights Movement and the fight for racial equality.
Edith Head: The Golden Age of Hollywood Costume Design
June 24, 2023-Sept. 24, 2023
This exciting retrospective of award-winning costume designer Edith Head will feature over 70 costumes that span the six decades of Head’s career and were worn by stars such as Ginger Rogers, Bette Davis, Barbara Stanwyck, Shirley MacLaine, Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn and Kim Novak.
(620 N Harvey Ave) 405-235-3313; Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday, noon – 6 p.m.
Adults, $15; kids (6-17), $12; kids (5 & under), free.
Remembering Through Art
The new exhibit is a project commissioned by a Broken Arrow High School art teacher to connect students to the loss experienced on April 19, 1995. Each art student chose one person from the 168 who were killed, researched that person and created a work of art in their honor. These works of art illustrate empathy, compassion and celebrate 168 uniquely different lives.
More Than Two Decades of Building. Together.
The new exhibit reveals how Oklahoma City came together to rebuild and remember. Starting with a mission statement and sacred ground to memorialize, family members, survivors, first responders, designers and the community created a Memorial and Museum to tell the story of the senselessness of violence and share lessons learned.
(2000 Remington Place); 405-424-3344; 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; last entry no later than 4 p.m.
Adults, $12; seniors & kids (3-11), $9; kids (2 & under), free
BRICKLIVE Animal Paradise
May 7-Oct. 30, 2022
Debuting for the first time in Oklahoma at the OKC Zoo, BRICKLIVE Animal Paradise features endangered animal statues made with more than one million toy bricks! This one-of-a-kind exhibit will be located within the Zoo’s butterfly garden area and is designed to connect wildlife fans to many of the planet’s endangered species while “building” an appreciation for conservation and biodiversity. General admission for BRICKLIVE is $5/person plus, Zoo admission. Combo tickets and seasonal ZOOfriends membership pass options will also be available at www.okczoo.org. Children 2 and under are free and do not require tickets for entry into BRICKLIVE.
(11 NW 11th St) 405-951-0000; Wednesday – Monday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Thursday, until 9 p.m.
Admission is free.
Off the Wall
Feb. 17 – June 13, 2022
Off the Wall features three Oklahoma-based artists — Sarah Ahmad, Romy Owens and Marium Rana — who create large-scale works that come in stunning and unexpected forms. These artists work in fiber, textiles and mixed media, using techniques that range from sewing and quilting to the intricate application of paint and the exploration of cutting-edge technology.
John Newsom: Nature’s Course
March 24 – Aug. 15, 2022
Focusing on the artist’s body of work from the turn of the century to the present, the exhibition will present large-scale paintings from multiple series alongside several more intimate works. The exhibition will include the brand-new, 9 x 18 foot Nature’s Course and Homecoming, another new painting referencing Oklahoma.
July 14-Oct. 24, 2022
Featuring nearly a dozen contemporary artworks, Destination Oklahoma illuminates the distinct cultural backgrounds that coexist at this crossroads of the country. The exhibition, which includes photographs, drawings, paintings and graphic works by a handful of artists living across Oklahoma, engages questions of cultural hybridity that converge in the state.
La casa que nos inventamos: Contemporary Art From Guadalajara
Sept. 22, 2022-Jan. 9, 2023
The exhibition La casa que nos inventamos, which translates to “The house we invented,” reflects on and responds to place — to the rich and complicated history, present and future of a creative community. It features nearly 40 conceptual artworks — paintings, sculptures, installations, performances — created within the last decade by nearly two dozen visual artists from or living in Guadalajara.
Chakaia Booker: Shaved Portions
Sept. 9, 2021 – Summer 2022
Shaved Portions is a new work by renowned sculpture artist Chakaia Booker. Since the early 1990s, Booker has famously made energetic abstractions out of interwoven beams upholstered with discarded tires. Her expressionistic assemblages turn snarls of rubber fragments into large, elaborate and ornamental sculptures exploring ecological and social ideas of recombination and transformation. Shaved Portions reassembles tires into a towering, cathedral-like space that viewers may enter, created from multiple spiny-edged loops, stacked and linked together in a configuration specially designed for the park.
Maren Hassinger: Nature, Sweet Nature
Sept. 9, 2021 – Aug. 29, 2022
Traveling from Aspen Art Museum, the exhibition Nature, Sweet Nature, by renowned artist Maren Hassinger, has been reconfigured to respond to the grounds of Oklahoma Contemporary.
Nature, Sweet Nature is comprised of two installations constructed with galvanized wire rope. Garden and Paradise Regained will each stand in rows at relative human scale; one near the entrance to the art center and the other within the Sculpture Garden. Garden‘s uncoiled ends fan out like tall ornamental grass while Paradise Regained is comprised of lengths of industrial rope leaning in a single direction. The movement evoked by the slightly curving lines creates a kinetic effect.
Rendering the metal malleable, Hassinger references the movement of reeds, grass and the wind itself. In particular, the dance of shadows cast on the ground by the curved lines of Paradise Regained will track the movement of time through the course of the day and over the year that it will be installed at Oklahoma Contemporary. The accessibility of the Sculpture Garden to visitors entering the building provides a space for what Hassinger underscores as “our tenuous relationship to nature,” connecting each viewer to what might be fragile or responsive in the interdependent nature of our ecosystem.
Gonzálo Lebrija: Breve Historia del Tiempo
Aug. 4, 2022-March 27, 2023
For the first time in the region, Oklahoma Contemporary presents a monumental outdoor sculpture by Gonzálo Lebrija, one of the best-known contemporary artists living in Guadalajara, Mexico. Breve Historia del Tiempo (2020) is a 2,500-pound 1968 Chevrolet Malibu that appears to be suspended vertically over a pool of water. The sculpture, whose title translates to Brief History of Time, is on loan from Mexico City’s famed La Colección Jumex.
Jose Dávila (in the Sculpture Garden)
Sept. 22, 2022-May 23, 2023
Guadalajara-based artist Jose Dávila’s sculpture is part of the exhibition La casa que nos inventamos: Contemporary Art From Guadalajara, a collaboration between Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center and guest curator Viviana Kuri, director and chief curator of the Museo de Arte de Zapopan (MAZ) in Guadalajara, Mexico.
(1400 Classen Dr.) 235-4458; Tuesday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Second Saturday, 9 a.m. – 1 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.
Feb. 3 – May 19, 2022
Charles Rushton’s body of work combines aspects of portrait, landscape, and street photography, capturing moments that reminds the viewer of what it means to be human. Throughout his career, he has created numerous photographic series, with many of his works purchased for permanent museum collections throughout the United States. Stuart Asprey’s sculptures consists of three-dimensional porcelain vessels with two-dimensional imagery commenting on popular culture. His ceramic works have been featured in over 100 art exhibitions in the last ten years. The Retrospective exhibitions of these two artists both feature work with engaging narratives and evolving perspectives.
June 18 – Aug. 27, 2022
A showcase featuring the works of Latin-American Oklahoma artists
Changemakers: The Remarkable Women of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame
Through April 7
This gallery features seven women who have inspired meaningful change in Oklahoma and beyond: Rita Bly Aragon, Gloria Twine Chisum, Jerrie Cobb, Clara Luper, Wilma Mankiller, Shannon Miller, and Alfre Woodard. All are from vastly different backgrounds and have worked in a variety of fields, including aviation, education, civic leadership, civil rights, sports, health, philanthropy, science, and the performing arts.
The stories of these seven women define what a changemaker can be and the characteristics that the Oklahoma Hall of Fame celebrates: optimism, generosity, perseverance, individualism, and pioneer spirit. This exhibit seeks to inspire future Changemakers with the stories of these amazing women, an interactive activity, and a virtual exhibit for further enrichment.
(800 Nazih Zuhdi) 522-0765; Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Adults, $10; kids (6-17), $5; kids (5 & under), free; families (up to 8 people), $25
May 16, 2022 – May 2023
The exhibit will explore 70 years of firefighting in Oklahoma and is comprised of 25 black-and-white images, giving a unique look into the evolution of this profession. “Becoming Fearless” will trace firefighting from the early days of acrobatics, antics and volunteerism in the 1900s to the sophisticated fire safety systems in place today. Feats of agility along with a bit of humor color the early days of firefighters.
Sun and Silver: Photography Before Statehood
Oct. 1, 2021 – Oct. 2022
The exhibit features a selection of images by twelve photographers who recorded the land, people, events, and places of Oklahoma and Indian Territories. From well-known professional traveling and studio photographers to lesser-known amateur photographers, this exhibit is an exploration of photographic images before statehood. Sun and Silver also highlights early photographic equipment and processes, including images on mirror-like, silver-coated copper surfaces known as daguerreotypes; fragile glass negatives for wet-plate photography; and unique, blue-toned cyanotypes.
From Institution to Inclusion: The History of disAbilities in Oklahoma
March 8-Aug. 31, 2022
Through digital photographs, From Institution to Inclusion highlights Oklahoma’s disability pioneers. Guests will view images of the institutions, legislators, and citizens who fought to break down barriers; the organizations making a difference today; and self-advocates who continue to lead the charge for change. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore historical items from OHS collections, including ledgers from the Cherokee Insane Asylum dating to 1879, an iron lung used for treating polio, and examples of the evolution of prosthetics and assistive devices. The exhibit will offer a unique, hands-on experience. Visitors can move their fingertips across the lines of a braille textbook, use a weighted blanket, and become acquainted with modern daily living assistive devices.
Launch to Landing: Oklahomans and Space
This exhibit focuses on the many Oklahomans who played a part in the US air and space program, as well as early Oklahoma pioneers of aviation. The centerpiece of the exhibit is the Skylab 4 Apollo Command Module (CM-118). This spacecraft carried the final Skylab crew of astronauts—Gerald Carr (commander), Edward Gibson (science pilot), and William Pogue (pilot)—into space to live and work in the Skylab Orbiting Laboratory or Space Station. Launch to Landing will also feature a number of personal items utilized by astronauts and items that are generally associated with Oklahoma aviators and the U.S. air and space program, such as Oklahoma flags flown in space, a NASA Mission Control console, space shuttle heat shield tiles and lunar samples—also known as “moon rocks.”
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; Tuesday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 – 5 p.m.
Adults, $8; kids (4 – 17), $5; kids (3 & under) free – Promotion postponed: Free for children 17 and under on the first Monday of each month; complimentary admission offered at select events throughout the year.
Narwhal: Revealing an Arctic Legend
Feb. 12 – June 19, 2022
Take a deep dive into the narwhal’s Arctic world to explore what makes this mysterious animal and its changing ecosystem so important. Through first-hand accounts from scientists and Inuit community members, the exhibition will reveal how traditional knowledge and experience, coupled with the latest scientific research, heighten our understanding of these fascinating animals—and our changing global climate.
(2020 Remington Pl) 405-602-6664; Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. – Complimentary admission offered during the Museum’s Tinkerfest event.
Adults, $16.95; kids (3-12), $13.95
Prismatic: A Faceted Experience of Color
“Prismatic” explores how color can sway opinion, communicate without words, and even affect the body. Visitors will enter a space of striking color — a place to explore how this amazing force affects our world and how it has served as a muse for both historical and contemporary artists.
In this multimedia interactive art installation, you’ll use digital drawing tools to decorate and color one of 12 animals that will come to life in the 220-degree simulated digital forest — escape into creativity and relax with binaural frequencies, dynamic lighting, atmospheric effects, and the sounds of nature. The world resets every 15 minutes.
(10301 S Sunnylane Rd) 405-814-0006; Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 – 5 p.m.
Adults, $11; kids (3-12), $9
From comparative anatomy to classification to adaptation and locomotion, SKELETONS 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.
Their newest exhibit features Sloths, Anteaters, Rodents, and Armadillos!
(6421 E 36th St N, Tulsa) 918-669-6600; Open daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m., last entry 4 p.m.
Adults, $14; kids (3-11) $10; seniors, $12; kids (2 & under), free
May 9-Sept. 5
Zoorassic World, an immersive, temporary exhibit featuring more than 25 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs, incorporates both movement and sound to give guests a realistic experience. Guests view dinosaurs in natural vignettes. Walking tours and an archeological dig for dinosaur fossil casts will be available to enhance learning experiences.
Entry into Zoorassic World is the cost of zoo admission plus $6 for general admission, $5 for members. For more information, visit www.tulsazoo.org/roar.