Oklahoma City is home to many world-class museums and historical venues. Throughout the year, you can learn about a wide variety of topics through special exhibitions and displays.
This guide will help you find all the exhibits currently on display is museums across the OKC metro. This list is updated frequently, so check back often for new exhibits and other learning opportunities! You can also check out our guide to FREE museums in the metro.
(9 E Sheridan Ave) 604-2793; Tuesday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday, noon – 5 p.m.
Adults, $8; kids (5-17), $6; kids (under 5), free; families (2 adults, 2 kids), $15
Jim Henson – Life and Legacy
Sept. 2018 – Aug. 2019
The special exhibit remembers the optimistic visionary who created the Muppets and positively influenced generations. In addition to Kermit the Frog, original artwork, rare photographs, pop culture and more, Jim Henson – Life and Legacy will feature a very special banjo, the Muppets Banjo, originally owned and played by British musician Martin Kershaw.
(27 E Edwards St, Edmond) 340-4481; Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Features the work of a different local artist each month.
- July – Lana Lopez
- August – Behnaz Sohrabian
- September – FAI Adult Student Show
- October – David Padgett
- November – Sheryl McClain
- December – Art in Schools
(431 S Boulevard, Edmond) 340-0078; Tuesday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturdays, 1 – 4 p.m.
Admission is free.
Darci Lynne’s Got Talent
Aug. 9, 2020 – Jan. 30, 2021
Darci Lynne was just twelve when she won the NBC’s America’s Got Talent championship for her singing ventriloquist act. The Deer Creek student had gotten her start in 2014 by winning first place at the Edmond’s Got Talent competition. Now’s she’s a performing sensation, appearing on television shows and traveling around the county to sell-out crowds after having her own show in Las Vegas. Edmond Historical Society & Museum is proud to present America’s first-ever museum exhibit dedicated to Darci Lynne, a hometown hero. Artifacts featured include clothing from her television performances, her first practice puppets, tour posters, and scripts.
Apron Strings: Ties to the Past
Open June 16, 2020
Apron Strings: Ties to the Past features fifty-one vintage and contemporary examples that review the apron’s role as an emotionally charged vehicle for expression with a rich and varied craft history that is still viable today. Using aprons dating from the late 1930s through the present, the exhibition chronicles changing attitudes toward women and domestic work. It also surveys the wide range of design and craft techniques apron-makers have used to express themselves, while still working within creative venues traditionally available to women.
Back to the 1950s
March 2020 – January 2021
Back to the 1950s is a year-long exhibit that will change seasonally, with all artifacts being switched out for summer, fall, and winter and highlights prosperity and unrest in America. Each season will address new themes.
Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art – Museum is tentatively reopening Aug. 4
(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.
O. Gail Poole’s Sideshow
Sideshow surveys the satirical and often irreverent imagery of Poole and explores the oddities of the artist’s late work. Orville Gail Poole (1935-2013), often known simply as Poole, was born in Marlow, Oklahoma.
(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.
May 8 – June 20, 2021
Roberto Ugalde is an adept oil painter who expresses the essence of his subjects in a way that draws the viewer into the painting. He masters the use of oils in an impressionistic manner which breaths life to his landscapes and figures.
(301 W Reno Ave) 445-7080; Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Admission is free.
Jason Wilson and Sara Atlee
July 9 – Aug. 2020
Wilson produces Perceptual art using his own special acrylic paint formula to hand paint his canvas. Atlee focuses on quilting and is known for her colorful and geometric compositions, rich with energy and free-form texture.
Fireflies by Nathan Pratt
Open July 17, 2020
(508 N Peters Ave, Norman) 321-0156; Tuesday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – noon & 1 – 4 p.m.
Admission is free.
Pioneer Photography: The Life and Art of Emma Coleman
Open Feb. 14, 2020
Quilts and Handicrafts Show
Aug. 14 – Oct. 17, 2020
Explore pieces of the museum’s collection and more.
(1700 NE 63rd) 478-2250; Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m – 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon – 5 p.m.
Adults, $12.50; kids, (6-12), $5.57; kids (5 & under), free – Free admission for children & their caregivers during Saturdays for Kids (first Saturday of the month) & Wednesdays, August – November.
Girls of the Golden West
May 18 – Aug. 30, 2020
This exhibition takes its name from “The Girl of the Golden West,” written, produced, and directed for the theater by David Belasco and draws on the Museum’s vast photographic and art collection to describe life for women in the American West.
Storytellers and Seller: Artist Illustrators
March 21 – Nov. 15, 2020
Before pixels, programs, and software transformed graphic design, illustrators gave form to thought and generated the majority of public imagery. Using their creativity and talents to promote specific ideas, they helped tell stories and sell products through books, newspapers, magazines, advertisements, logos, labels, calendars, billboards, and even coloring books. These commercial storytellers influenced public opinion and consumerism, and included many western artists.
Tucker Smith: A Celebration of Nature
Oct. 2, 2020 – Jan. 3, 2021
This exhibit will be retrospective, with work ranging from Smith’s early years as a professional artist to his most recent paintings. It will also present the breadth of subject matter he has tackled, with an emphasis on western wildlife, but also including camp and cowboy scenes, straight landscapes, a few foreign locales, and at least one railroad painting.
West: The American Cowboy
Oct. 17 – Dec. 13, 2020
French photographer Anouk Masson Krantz revisits the enduring iconic symbol of America’s pioneering spirit with a fresh, inspiring and contemporary view from an outsider’s perspective. “WEST: The American Cowboy” is a traveling exhibition that will debut at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.
Blazing a Trail
Nov. 21, 2020 – May 16, 2021
2020 is the centennial for Women’s Suffrage in the United States. For most of the West, however, suffrage was realized years or even decades before the rest of the country. Blazing a Trail explores why Western Women as a whole were more successful than their Eastern counterparts in achieving polling parity with men.
Close Encounters: Western Wildlife
Nov. 25, 2020 – July 11, 2021
The animals of the American West are as iconic as the landscapes they inhabit. See raccoons, owls, deer, elk, bison, mountain lions, and more. Stand within inches of a grizzly. No binoculars or bear spray required.
Find Her West
Dec. 12, 2020 – May 16, 2021
The American West is difficult to define and far more complex than stereotypes suggest. It is a destination, an experience, an idea, and for some even home. It has few boundaries and crosses cultures, geography, socioeconomics, gender, age, and eras. Photographs and other archival items from the Museum’s Dickinson Research Center reveal this diversity.
Spiro and the Native American Art of the Mississippian World
Feb. 12, 2021 – April 28, 2021
The Spiro people, and their Mississippian peers, are nearly forgotten in the pages of North American history, yet they created one of the most exceptional and highly developed societies in all of the Americas. This exhibition explores the archaeological and historical data connecting the Spiro site and its people to other communities throughout North and Central America.
(415 Couch Dr) 236-3100; Wednesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon – 5 p.m.; Third Thursdays, until 9 p.m.
Adults, $12; kids (6-18), $10; kids (5 & under), free – Complimentary admission offered twice a year during the Museum’s SONIC Free Family Days.
Art in Bloom
May 16 – 19, 2019
Art in Bloom will feature floral sculpture interpretations of works from our permanent collection, all crafted by designers from the Oklahoma City community. Special tours and activities, coinciding with May’s Third Thursday, will help kick off this can’t-miss festival of flowers.
The Art of Light
July 7 – Aug. 16, 2020
In celebration of Oklahoma Contemporary’s inaugural exhibition, Bright Golden Haze, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art will present its own satellite exhibition, The Art of Light. Inspired by the exploration of light as a tool to create space, The Art of Light seeks to communicate the unique visual experiences provided by different forms of light when they are employed to achieve artistic ends.
Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Fireworks (Archives)
July 1 – Dec. 31, 2020
Fireworks (Archives), 2014, is the first of a series of works by internationally renowned filmmaker and visual artist Apichatpong Weerasethakul (b.: 1970) to treat the politics of Thailand through the use of pyrotechnics. In this 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
Art with a History
June 17 – Nov. 29, 2020
Art with a History delves into the provenance of a number of diverse works of art from the permanent collection. Featuring a range of artworks, including paintings, sculptures, and works on paper, from the Renaissance to the twentieth century, this exhibition explores the unique ownership histories of each object and the methods used to uncover their stories.
POP Power from Warhol to Koons: Masterworks from the Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his family foundation
June 17 – Sept. 13, 2020
This exhibition 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
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 – Museum is tentatively opening in August.
(11 NW 11th St) 951-0000; Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Admission is free.
Bright Golden Haze
Oklahoma Contemporary’s new downtown location will open with the inaugural exhibition Bright Golden Haze. This insightful group exhibition will explore the ways in which artists use light to create place, both geographic and conceptual, inspired by both the uniquely influential quality of light and space in the state and the new building itself.
Shadow on the Glare
Shadow on the Glare will feature photo and video works that critically respond to Bright Golden Haze’s themes of light and place — in this case, focusing particularly on the landscapes of Oklahoma.
Ed Ruscha: OKLA
This exhibition is a landmark survey of work by Oklahoma-raised, world-renowned artist Ed Ruscha, in his first-ever solo exhibition in his home state. Focusing on his groundbreaking drawings, prints, books, photos, films and graphic design, the exhibition will include works from all stages of his 60-year career.
More information coming soon.
(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.
Earth to Sky: The Art of Barbara S. Scott and David Holland
June 30 – Sept. 10, 2020
This exhibition celebrates two Oklahoma artist friends, Barbara S. Scott and David Holland, who have developed an artistic bond, supporting each other over 30 years of creating art. Barbara’s sculptures, created and carved of tangible organic materials, mainly wood, and speak to the power and beauty of human spirit. David’s colorful and majestic paintings of vast cloudscapes speak to the power and beauty of Oklahoma’s skies.
Makerspace Mural by Kristopher Kanaly
New to the Museum
Kristopher Kanaly is known for his bold, abstract street murals throughout Oklahoma City’s Plaza District and its downtown. Much like his street art, Kanaly is an Oklahoma inspiration with a passion as rich as the state’s history. No matter the city or assignment, Kanaly’s work is distinguishable by the bright colors, abstract figures, and hidden elements.
(800 Nazih Zuhdi) 522-0765; Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Adults, $7; kids (6-17), $5; kids (5 & under), free; families (up to 6 people), $18 – Complimentary admission offered during the Museum’s Septemberfest event.
In the Vernacular: Everyday Images of Oklahoma Life
June 22, 2020 – June 2021
In the Vernacular: Everyday Images of Oklahoma Life is a celebration of everyday image-making featuring thirty-two photographs from the Oklahoma Historical Society’s collections. Visitors will see fun, quirky, and sometimes odd images of Oklahomans. The photographs on display were captured for a variety of reasons, including souvenir postcards, government archives, magazines, newspapers, and family albums.
Bright Golden Haze: Reflections
June 15 – Aug. 15, 2020
Bright Golden Haze: Reflections takes on the theme of the role of light as a medium and an inspiration for contemporary artists, and the thirteen collaborating partners are interpreting this curatorial framework in a variety of ways. The Oklahoma History Center’s contribution to this effort will be a 600-foot maze of yellow fabric meandering across the grassy grounds of the OHC. The installation will include three interactives highlighting images from the musical Oklahoma!
Until We Organize: The Struggle for Equal Rights Amendment
Until We Organize: The Struggle for the Equal Rights Amendment, featuring 23 photographs both local and national, from activists for and against the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). The exhibit focuses on the most tumultuous years of Oklahoma’s battle over the amendment, from the late 1970s to the early 1980s.
This exhibit is located in the Chesapeake Event Center and Gallery, which is used for meetings and events. Patrons should call in advance to make sure the room is open to the public on the day of your visit.
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 – Museum is tentatively opening in August.
(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.
Permian Monsters: Life Before the Dinosaurs
June 26 – Nov. 8, 2020
Step back 290 million years to a time when bizarre creatures dominated life on land and sea. Learn about these extraordinary creatures and how 90% of all life vanished in the largest extinction event of all time. The Permian Period ended millions of years before dinosaurs evolved. This unique traveling exhibition brings the past back to life with vivid artwork and scientifically accurate 3-D sculptures that augment an amazing collection of fossils on view.
(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
Tom Shannon: Universe in the Mind
Through Oct. 25, 2020
For more than 50 years, artist and inventor Tom Shannon has been exploring the intersections of art, science and technology in unexpected, mind-bending ways. His science-inspired art is on display in Oklahoma for the first time. The exhibition features the U.S. debut of “Atom Compass Array,” an installation of hundreds of magnetic spheres suspended from the glass roof of the museum’s lobby, and within smART Space, a 6-foot edition of Shannon’s “Synchronous World Clock” created specifically for SMO.
Cosmic Culture: Intersections of Art and Outer Space
Through Sept. 2020
“Cosmic Culture: Intersections of Art and Outer Space” explores how space exploration and visual art have influenced each other. Circle the gallery and see 1940s and ‘50s prints from science fiction artist Chesley Bonestell — an inspiration to astronomer and astrophysicist Carl Sagan — alongside NASA images taken years later, historic star charts from around the world, planetary landscapes, the life cycle of stars, a mixed media installation from reclaimed materials, a feed of NASA images of the sun, and much more.
(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
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.