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Guide to Current Museum Exhibits & Exhibitions

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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

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.


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.

Lezley Lynch

Oct. 2021
With no formal training as an artist, Lynch navigated her artistic career through a variety of creative jobs including architecture and interior design, learning through trial and error and experimentation. Today she is a successful freelance artist residing in Edmond, OK.

The Gallery

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.

  • November – Behnaz Sohrabian
  • December – Kyndall Rainey
  • January – Natalie Miller
  • February – Brad McNeill
  • March – Stacy Haggard
  • April – James Coplin
  • May – Zonly Looman
  • June – Rory Morgan
  • July – Dana Lombardo
  • August – Brett & Clancy Gray

Edmond Historical Society & Museum

(431 S Boulevard, Edmond) 340-0078; Tuesday – Friday, 10 a.m. – noon & 1:30 – 4 p.m.
Admission is free.

I Remember That: Edmond in the 1980s

April 2021 – March 2022

The 1980s were at time of big hair, spandex, and major political upheaval. The decade saw the Reagan-era presidency, the beginning of MTV, and a royal wedding. Shoulder pads aside, the 1980s is also remembered for its corruption, consumption, and volatility. Edmond residents, not immune to such trials, experienced the oil bust, increased crime, an F3 tornado and the 1986 Post Office Massacre. It wasn’t all bad news though–Edmond’s population and business development increased. The long-awaited Lake Arcadia project was completed, Edmond hosted the 1988 PGA golf tournament and the decade was rounded off with a huge 100th birthday party.

Artifacts and photographs showcase an era rich in pop culture and large-scale celebrations, but also evidence of how the city responded in the face of tragedy. New artifacts will be added in September.

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 CommunitySeparate SchoolsJim Crow LawsWas Edmond a Sundown Town?Promotion of Edmond as 100% WhiteThe Ku Klux Klan in EdmondSchool IntegrationWhite Flight Fuels the Growth of EdmondIntegrating Edmond, and the End of An All-White Edmond.


Factory Obscura

(25 NW 9th St) Wednesday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Thursday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Doorways

Aug. 26 – Nov. 21, 2021

Doorways is a new immersive experience by Amber Rae Black & Teddi Fokas, in collaboration with Factory Obscura. Cross the threshold to discover infinity in the finite, magic through darkness, and a light at the end of the tunnel.


Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art 

(555 Elm, Norman) 325-4938; Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 – 5 p.m.
Admission is free.

A Life in Looking: The Creighton Gilbert Collection

June 24 – Dec. 31, 2021

A Life in Looking explores the thematic elements that make up this exceptional collection. The show is organized into five themes: religion, architecture, allegory, portraiture and humor. Gilbert took particular delight in discovering works by major artists, such as Rembrandt van Rijn, Giovanni Battista Piranesi and Albrecht Dürer, to name a few, hidden away in print shops. In 2005, then museum director Eric Lee, a former student of Gilbert’s, encouraged his mentor to leave his private collection to the museum. The bequest, totaling 272 objects, spans the 14th to 20th centuries with an emphasis on Old Master prints and drawings from the Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo periods. An academic prodigy, Gilbert entered college at age 14, became a professor at 21 and eventually completed a doctorate from New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts in 1955.

Patrick Nagatani: Nuclear Enchantment

Aug. 5, 2021 – Jan. 30, 2022

Over a 40-year career, Patrick Nagatani (1945-2017) created a diverse body of work that pushed the contours of photography. Constant themes of his work include truth in photography, the looping of time back on itself, magic realism, visual joy, apocalyptic moments, atomic bombs, photographic puns, color for healing, and Japanese internment. In Nuclear Enchantment, Nagatani continued to fabricate reality as he explored the true after-effects of uranium mining, radioactive mine tailings, missiles and nuclear waste.

synesthesia

Coming April 2022

A new immersive experience by Factory Obscura at Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, inspired by the museum’s permanent collection.


Judicial Learning Center and Museum at the Federal Court House

(215 Dean A. McGee Ave) 405-420-6176; Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

United States v. George “Machine Gun” Kelly (1933)

This summer, a new exhibit will open 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.


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. – Museum is currently offering free admission during July and August. Reservations are recommended.

Art of the Aloha Shirt: Keoni of Hawaii, 1938-51

Sept. 11 – Oct. 17, 2021

Explore the history, artistry, and production of Hawaii’s enduring fashion statement, the Aloha Shirt. This exhibition of sixty objects, including original textile artwork, production sketches and swatches, advertisements, and vintage shirts that tells the story of an early innovator, John “Keoni” Meigs, in an industry that has left an indelible mark on fashion in the United States and the world.


Myriad Gardens Visitor Center

(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. 

Positive and Negative Space – Works of Art by Tony Tiger

Aug. 5 – Nov. 5, 2021

Tony A. Tiger is an artist, Indigenous art curator and educator. Tiger is a member of the Sac and Fox Tribe with Seminole and Muscogee Creek ancestry. He earned a Master of Fine Art degree from the University of Oklahoma and a Bachelor of Fine Art degree from Oklahoma State University. His art has been exhibited nationally and internationally, with numerous awards to his credit. His latest curation project “Speak: Speak While You Can,” is a multi-tribal art exhibition on the revitalization of Indigenous languages in Oklahoma. It opens at the Seminole Nation Museum in Wewoka on September 1.


Moore-Lindsay Historic House Museum

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

Quilt and Textile Arts Show

Sept. 3 – Nov. 6, 2021

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 

¡Viva México!

July 9 – Oct. 17, 2021

Mexico’s independence from Spain had continental repercussions for the Americas. Using material culture and art objects from the museum’s collection this exhibition will focus on how Mexican independence influenced the American West, especially the evolution of the American cowboy.

Framework: Exploring the Artistic Process

July 21, 2021 – Feb. 27, 2022

Behind every piece of art is a creative process. People rarely see this framework: the hours of deliberation and preparation; the pages of practice; the energy expended; the materials purchased; the techniques utilized; and the overall approach guiding it all — until now. Explore the artistic process, not the finished piece, in this new Brodkin Contemporary Western Artists exhibition.

Find Your North

Aug. 20 – Oct. 17, 2021

Its name might indicate the eastern origins of those who labeled it, but the American West is far larger than a single perspective. It crosses gender, cultures, eras, age, geography and even directions. For many, it was the West. For many others, however, it was the North. Explore how Hispanic peoples shaped the region and its history, from vaqueros to modern vocabulary, through photographs, maps and illustrations from the Museum’s Dickinson Research Center.

Tattoos: Religion, Reality and ‘Regert’

Aug. 27 – May 9, 2022

Tattooing is a custom dating back thousands of years in North America. Traditionally, women and men used them to visually express tribal affiliation and war honors, as well as connections to divine beings, maturity rites, and social and religious affiliation. These expressions of identity continued on with the person after death—ensuring their place in the afterlife. Explore these traditions and artistic expressions through paintings from the permanent collection and photographs from the Dickinson Research Center.

New Beginnings: An American Story of Romantics and Modernists in the West

Sept. 10, 2021 – Jan. 2, 2022

This major traveling exhibition featuring a selection of works from the Tia Collection of Santa Fe, New Mexico offers a fresh view of the evolution of art in New Mexico, from the late Romantics era to the advent of early Modernism. The exhibition will include more than 100 early 20th century artworks by 70 artists, featuring signature works by well-known artists such as Oscar Berninghaus, Andrew Dasburg, Leon Gaspard, Victor Higgins and Will Shuster as well as works by under-recognized artists.

Santa Fe Trail

Nov. 10, 2021 – May 8, 2022

Using material culture and art objects from the museum’s collection this exhibition will recognize the bicentennial of this most important National Heritage Trail and explore its role in connecting Mexico with the United States, its place in the Texas Revolution and the Mexican War and how these events shaped the history of the American West from Central America to western Canada. After opening trade between Missouri and Santa Fe, Nuevo Mexico, the Santa Fe Trail became a superhighway carrying goods both ways and directly affecting cultures in both countries, especially with Native peoples in the territories west of Missouri.

Mother Roads

Dec. 10, 2021 – May 8, 2022

Through photographs, rare book illustrations, maps and related ephemera, visitors will explore some of the country’s most famous thoroughfares including the Oregon Trail, the Chisholm Trail, the Transcontinental Railroad, the Lincoln Highway, Route 66 and more.

Western Wares

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.


Oklahoma City Museum of Art

(415 Couch Dr) 236-3100; Wednesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon – 5 p.m. Summer hours begin June 22 – Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Friday, until 8 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.

Fritz Scholder: Beyond Stereotypes

May 15, 2021 – Jan. 2, 2022

The exhibition features 10 prints and one painting from Scholder’s revolutionary “Indian” series, illustrating Scholder’s radical imagery of modern-day Indigenous life. “Through his paintings and prints, Scholder challenged the popular stereotypical depictions of Native Americans within the world of fine art,” said exhibition curator Catherine Shotick. “The stereotypical depictions, which often cast Indigenous subjects as uncivilized, tragic or a mere curiosity, helped justify the genocide, forced relocations and continued disenfranchisement of Indigenous peoples. With his ‘Indian’ series, Scholder sought to replace the tourist-approved narratives perpetuated by white artists with the realities he witnessed every day.”

From Heroes to Immortals: Classical Mythological Prints

May 15 – Nov. 28, 2021

For millennia, Classical mythology has been a shared language through which artists can tell tales of heroism, love, vengeance, and more. This exhibition features works on paper from the sixteenth through the twentieth century. Some recount famous myths, others more obscure stories.

A Room with a View: Scenes of the Italian Countryside

May 15 – Nov. 28, 2021

This exhibition explores the influence of the Italian Campagna on artists over the course of three centuries.

The Painters of Pompeii: Roman Frescoes from the National Archaeological Museum, Naples

June 26, 2021 – Oct. 17, 2021

The exhibition features over 80 artifacts and artworks that were buried and preserved during the 79 AD eruption of Mount Vesuvius. During the exhibition, the museum plans to host a series of lectures in the Noble Theater with several of the most renowned scholars in the field of Ancient Roman Art and History.

Classes that will take attendees on virtual visits to Naples and Southern Italy exploring the history, culture, food and wine will begin in January. Additionally, kids can look forward to virtually exploring archeology, Roman deities and mythology through family-oriented virtual classes in the spring.

*A pop-up restaurant, Café Pompeii by Patrono, will open on June 22 in the Museum Cafe, just in time for the opening of “The Painters of Pompeii” on June 26. Patrono Italian, located in downtown OKC just one block from the Civic Center and OKCMOA, specializes in true Italian flavors. Café Pompeii will be fast-casual and specialize in lunch, light bites, coffees, wine, beer and cocktails. The pop-up restaurant will be counter service with open seating, including the dining room and patio. The pop-up restaurant will offer counter service with open seating, in the dining room and patio, and will share museum hours through Oct. 17.

From the Golden Age to the Moving Image 

March 1 – Dec. 31, 2021

Headlining this reinstallation is the Museum’s recent acquisition, Kehinde Wiley’s monumental new portrait Jacob de Graeff (2018) from the artist’s Kehinde Wiley: Saint Louis exhibition. Wiley’s extraordinary painting anchors a new portrait gallery that also features a newly acquired painting by John Singleton Copley and works by Anthony van Dyck, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Alice Neel, and George Bellows, as well as the Museum’s extraordinary George Washington painting. Other galleries focus on a variety of topics such as the still life, animal paintings, landscapes, seascapes, and genre and history painting.

Folded Circle Split (Carolyn Hill Park)

On display now

“Folded Circle Split” by Fletcher Benton, an already-iconic nine-foot-tall bronze sculpture, which Benton created in 1984, is the inaugural sculpture in Carolyn Hill Park on the southeast side of the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. The sculpture was given by Jon and Molly Ott in honor of the Museum’s 75th anniversary. Carolyn Hill Park is generously sponsored by the Tom and Judy Love Family in memory of Carolyn Hill. This is the second-largest bronze Benton sculpture in the world and provides dramatically different profiles from different angles.

For America: Paintings from the National Academy of Design

Nov. 6, 2021 – Jan. 30, 2022

For America provides a unique history of American art as told by many of the best-known American artists including masters such as Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent and Andrew Wyeth. By presenting artists’ portraits together with their representative works, “For America” offers an opportunity to see how the artists viewed both themselves and their country.

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.

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 City National Memorial Museum 

(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.


Oklahoma City Zoo

(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

More info coming soon. 


Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center 

(11 NW 11th St) 405-951-0000; Wednesday – Monday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Thursday, until 9 p.m. 
Admission is free.

We Believed in the Sun

May 6 – Sept. 20, 2021

Honoring the significant legacies of the Civil Rights Movement in Oklahoma City, We Believed in the Sun pairs Ron Tarver, a nationally recognized artist born in Oklahoma, with Ebony Iman Dallas, an emerging Oklahoma artist. The exhibition is organized in consultation with Advisory Council members from the Clara Luper Center for Civil Rights and the Oklahoma Historical Society. We Believed in the Sun illuminates first-person accounts of the Civil Rights Movement in Oklahoma from the 1950s and 1960s that may be overlooked aspects of the larger history of Civil Rights and that resonate with present-day African-American communities in Oklahoma.

We Believed in the Sun explores both public and private perspectives on Black Oklahomans’ past and present struggle for Civil Rights and equal protection under the law. The exhibition title comes from a quote by Civil Rights icon Clara Luper: “I came from a family of believers. We believed in the sun when it didn’t shine. We believed in the rain when it wasn’t raining. My parents taught me to believe in a God I couldn’t see.”

Crystal Z Campbell: Flight

May 27 – Oct. 28, 2021

Using light, sound and digital film projection, Flight explores the physical, architectural and cultural residue of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre into the present. Timed with the 100-year commemoration of the massacre, Flight transforms the Artist-in-Residence Studio and Gallery, adding depth to the themes and histories explored in Ed Ruscha: OKLA and Chakaia Booker: Shaved Portions. Crystal Z Campbell is a multidisciplinary artist of African-American, Filipino and Chinese descent who uses film, live performance, sound, painting, installation and writing to amplify underacknowledged histories and public secrets.

Abstract Remix

Sept. 30, 2021 – Jan. 24, 2022

Oklahoma Contemporary is bringing murals indoors with Abstract Remix, an exhibition of the work of homegrown abstract expressionists who use the large-scale format of muralism as a medium for their giant concepts. The exhibition will be installed in the Mary LeFlore Clements Oklahoma Gallery, a space dedicated to showcasing Oklahoma artists, and the artists will be painting their murals directly on the walls.

Howardena Pindell: Rope/Fire/Water

Sept. 15 | Sept. 24 | Sept. 26 | Oct. 3 | Oct. 17 | Oct. 22 | Nov. 4

Howardena Pindell’s short video, Rope/Fire/Water, is a haunting distillation of historical data and statistics related to lynching and racist attacks. It opens with a personal memory from her childhood but proceeds without further personal comment as she reads — without inflecting her tone with sentiment — short excerpts from historical text. The bibliographical citations simply read out before each excerpt places an emphasis on historical fact. In reciting this history, the video is a closure for the artist and a reckoning for the public whom she hopes would be moved by it. Screenings begin at 4 p.m., expect on Nov. 4. VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED. This program contains images of racial violence, lynching and slavery.

Open World: Video Games & Contemporary Art

Oct. 21, 2021 – Feb. 21, 2022

Open World draws attention to this video games influence on contemporary art through painting, sculpture, textiles, prints, drawings, animation, video games, video game modifications and game-based performances and interventions by makers who self-identify as artists.

The artworks in Open World reference a broad cross-section of games, ranging from early text adventure and arcade games to modern massively multiplayer online roleplaying games and first-person shooters. Participating artists are influenced by some of the most beloved video game franchises, including Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda, The Sims and Final Fantasy.

Campbell Art Park (11th & Broadway)

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 – Summer 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.


Oklahoma Hall of Fame

(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.

Commons Threads

Sept. 2-Nov. 20, 2021

The works of three Oklahoma artists explore themes of nature & history, innovation & tradition, and interconnectedness. Julie Marks Blackstone paints with thread, using a French knot method to create small treasures with thought-provoking art history connections. Pamela Husky conveys light, patterns, space, and a sense of place in nature using silk, mohair, wool, ramie, and raffia. Stephanie Grubbs creates small, cotton-thread vessels that elevate the ordinary into a place of importance with intricate stitches and knotting.

Stanley Draper: The Civic Legend Behind The Scenes

Born and raised on a farm in Northampton County, North Carolina, as a child Stanley Carlisle Draper (1889-1976) dreamt of living in a big city. Little did he know he would grow up to build one. Draper became Oklahoma City’s most renowned urban planner of the twentieth century. The exhibit presents a timeline of Stanley Draper’s civic projects and tells Oklahoma City’s incredible story through the lens of a man who spent forty-nine years building it.

Changemakers: The Remarkable Women of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame

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.


Oklahoma History Center

(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 6 people), $25

Sun and Silver: Photography Before Statehood

More info coming soon

Born Dry: Prohibition in Oklahoma

Nov. 2020 – April 2022

When Oklahoma became a state in 1907, prohibition was accepted as part of the state’s constitution. The exhibit features 25 black-and-white photographs taken during the decades-long fight over prohibition in Oklahoma, this exhibit explores the debate over the legality of alcohol sales through historical imagery.

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.”

Ongoing

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; 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.

Guatemalan Textiles: Heart of the Maya World

Sept. 14 – Dec. 6, 2021

Guatemalan Textiles: Heart of the Maya World presents a spectacular selection of traditional clothing (traje, atz’yeqb’al) from the varied regions of Guatemala. This exhibition was produced in partnership with the Office of the Guatemalan Consulate General in Oklahoma City.

Beautiful Beasts: The Unseen Life of Oklahoma Spiders and Insects 
Sept. 25, 2021 – Jan. 30, 2022

Using homemade equipment and inexpensive lenses, Oklahoma photographer Thomas Shahan captures a remarkable world of unspeakable beauty and hidden presence. His fantastical large-scale images of mid-western spiders and insects promise to forever change how visitors think and feel about these creatures.


Science Museum Oklahoma

(2020 Remington Pl) 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

Sherlock Holmes – The Exhibition

Peek into the mind of the Author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and explore Victorian England from eyes of the master storyteller. Immerse yourself in a recreation of Sherlock’s own home before digging into a crime scene for you to investigate! A guide will be on hand to assist if you need help analyzing clues using the latest cutting-edge (for Victorian times) techniques. The exhibition is open Saturday and Sunday with guided tours.


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 – 5 p.m. 
Adults, $11; kids (3-12), $9
Ongoing

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.

The museum just opened a NEW penguins exhibit.


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