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Home to one of the nation's largest collections of firearms, the 45th Infantry Division Museum in Oklahoma City features a wide array of memorabilia related to the military history of the state of Oklahoma.
One of downtown Oklahoma City's most unique treasures, the American Banjo Museum is home to the world's largest collection of publicly displayed banjos, featuring over 400 individual instruments. The 21,000-square-foot facility honors the vibrant spirit and rich history of this beloved American symbol, from its humble African roots to its heyday during the Roaring ‘20s to its current standing in bluegrass, folk and jazz music.
Only on Adventure Road can you find the American Pigeon Museum & Library, a unique repository dedicated to preserving the heritage of the country's domestic pigeons. Explore documents, artifacts, educational resources and more.
Experience a slice of Native American history in Tishomingo, Oklahoma, at the first Chickasaw Council House built in Indian Territory. Today, the Council House Museum honors the rich culture of the Chickasaw people and features one of the largest collections of Chickasaw arts and cultural artifacts in the state.
Chosen CNN’s top travel destination for Oklahoma in 2014, the Chickasaw Cultural Center is one of the largest, most comprehensive tribal cultural centers in the United States. Come celebrate, embrace and share the heritage that binds the Chickasaw Nation together.
A trip to Chickasaw Country isn't complete without a stop at the 5,500-square-foot Chickasaw Nation Welcome Center, providing informational kiosks, expert travel information from the trained staff, a gift shop, an outdoor playground, dog park and travel stop.
The Chickasaw National Capitol Building provides the ultimate trip back in time through Chickasaw history. The Victorian, gothic-style building was dedicated in 1898 and served as the Nation's capitol until 1906. Today, it acts as a stately museum representing the Nation's past.
The Chickasaw Visitor Center was designed to provide information about and tell the story of the Chickasaw National Recreation Area, the only national park established at the request of a Native American tribe, the Chickasaws.
The Chickasaw White House was built in 1895 and served as the home of Chickasaw Governor Douglas H. Johnston. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Chickasaw White House now operates as a museum open to the public, complete with furnishings that give visitors a glimpse back in time.
If you're a cowboy or history buff, make it a point to tour the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center & Garis Gallery of the American West in Duncan, Oklahoma. This interactive museum immerses visitors in the rough-and-tumble world of the historic Chisholm Trail, which was used in the post-Civil War era to drive cattle from Texas ranches to Kansas railheads.
For a first-hand look at authentic, Native American art, visit the Chokma’si Gallery in Ada. Located within the Chickasaw Nation’s Division of Arts and Humanities building, the gallery features handcrafted pieces and also features a retail section with jewelry, pottery, prints and more.
Fort Washita Historic Site and Museum is a must-visit destination for military history buffs. Established in 1842 in the Choctaw Nation, Fort Washita served as the southwestern-most military post of the United States and protected the recently immigrated Choctaws and Chickasaws from intruders who posed a threat to the stability of the area. Today, Fort Washita is a National Historic Landmark and free museum.
The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, located on the University of Oklahoma campus, is known as one of the finest university art museums in the country. Established in 1936, the museum now boasts a nearly 17,000-object permanent collection featuring such visionaries as Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, Georgia O'Keeffe and Edward Hopper, as well as a large collection of Native American and American Southwest art.
The tiny southern Oklahoma town of Gene Autry is home to none other than the Gene Autry, Oklahoma Museum, a special space dedicated to preserving the history and legacy of cowboys and cowgirls in popular culture. The museum houses the world’s largest collection of vintage cowboys in entertainment memorabilia from the 1920s to the present day.
Artifacts of all varieties can be found at the Greater Southwest Historical Museum, ranging from an early electric car to a steam-pumper fire engine to the Wichita Falls Spudder Rig that was widely used in the Ardmore area oil fields from the 1920s to the 1940s. The centerpiece, however, is the Sam Noble Hall, featuring exhibits that recreate Western life at the turn of the century.
Harn Homestead, claimed during the Land Run of 1889, is a 10-acre historical homestead in Oklahoma City. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Harn now serves as a museum and popular field trip destination where kids can learn about life during the territorial days of Oklahoma.
Individual Artists of Oklahoma has been a hub for intellectual, aesthetically provocative and experimental subject matter and techniques since its formation in 1979. Today, the IAO Gallery hosts monthly exhibits, educational workshops and maintains important community partnerships. Visit the gallery to appreciate the work, or take part in making art of your own.
Witness the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s collection of more than 28,000 Western and American Indian art and artifacts that preserve the history and cultures of the American West. Be sure to check out the variety of works by renowned American artist Frederic Remington, as well as the massive “End of the Trail” sculpture that greets visitors upon arrival.
USA Softball presents a meaningful opportunity to delve further into the history of the sport with the National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum. This memorial pays tribute to the great players and contributors of the past who have played a part in the success of the game of softball. Fewer than 400 members have been inducted since the Hall of Fame and Museum was established in 1957 – a testament to the level of prestige an accolade of this magnitude holds.
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