Located on 18 acres right across from the Oklahoma Capitol, the History Center is a 215,000-square-foot learning center that houses five state-of-the-art galleries, featuring everything from American Indian and African American history to information on the military in Oklahoma, the state's oil and gas industry, aerospace and some of its most important citizens and points of heritage. Exhibits change regularly.
Just outside the museum, visitors can take the Red River Journey, which offers a walking tour of the Red River Valley's landforms, vegetation and important locations. The grounds also house a variety of sculptures and an outdoor oilfield exhibit, complete with drilling derricks and related machinery.
Until We Organize: The Struggle for the Equal Rights Amendment features 23 photographs, both local and national, from activists on both sides of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). ¬-From the late 1970s to the early 1980s, Oklahoma’s battle over the amendment to the U.S. Constitution was at peak intensity since its inception in the 1920s. Despite the ratification process moving to individual state level, the ERA ultimately missed the deadline for passage in 1982, just three states short of the required 38 needed for approval. See Until We Organize in the Chesapeake Event Center and Gallery through November 2020.
Wanted: Dead or Alive tells the fascinating stories of some of Oklahoma’s most infamous criminals, starting from before statehood in 1907 through the 1950s. The vast archive includes 38 black-and-white images of mugshots, crime scene locations and law enforcement officers with groups of outlaws, many of who were Oklahoma born and raised or moved here to begin lives of crime. Visitors will learn about whiskey towns, the Tulsa Central Park Gang, Spencer State Bank, an exciting unsolved mystery and much more. See all the twists and turns unfold through February 29, 2020.
Crossroads of Commerce: A History of Free Enterprise in Oklahoma tells the story of economic development in Oklahoma through five time periods from 1716 to the present day. In each section, the exhibit sets the stage of history with the challenges and opportunities that ended one era and began another. The intent is to connect the dots between history and economic development in a way that celebrates creativity and hard work and inspires young people to take a chance. For more information, click here.
This destination is open. Normal operating hours may be affected and some COVID-19 related restrictions may still apply. Be sure to call ahead for the most up-to-date information.
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