Oklahoma and Area Family-Friendly Museums Are Exciting Destinations
Local museums provide families with hours of entertainment, education and creative time.
Local museums provide families with hours of entertainment, education and creative time. Here are a few area attractions to enjoy with your family:
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
600 Museum Way, Bentonville, AR
If you make the two-hour (approximately) drive to the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, you won’t regret it. There is a wealth of programs designed especially for children and families, so be sure to check their daily calendar to see what works best for your family. Or, they offer free family gallery guides and “Art Tote” kits for families to use while exploring the galleries all day.
Bonus: There is no charge to view the museum’s permanent collection.
Chickasaw Cultural Center
867 Cooper Memorial Rd., Sulphur, OK
The Chickasaw Cultural Center offers a world of opportunity to learn and connect with Native American history. Watch the story of the Chickasaw people unfold before your eyes through powerful performances, reenactments, demonstrations, collections and exhibits at one of the largest and most extensive tribal cultural centers in the United States.
The Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum
1400 Classen Drive, Oklahoma City
405.235.4458/ 888.501.2059 (toll free)
The Museum’s high-tech, interactive exhibits provide visitors the opportunity to experience Oklahoma’s history through its people. Visitors meet both famous and everyday Oklahomans whose lives have impacted our state, country and world. The candid nature of the exhibitory allows visitors a unique look into the lives of Oklahomans like Reba McEntire, Wiley Post and Mat Hoffman.
1400 Gilcrease Museum Rd., Tulsa
Gilcrease Museum houses the world’s largest, most comprehensive collection of art and artifacts of the American West. The museum also offers an unparalleled collection of Native American art and artifacts, as well as historical manuscripts, documents and maps. Classes, activities, special days and hands-on activities for children of all ages make Gilcrease a must on your list of things to do with the family.
Bonus: Children 18 and younger are always free.
Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum
1714 W Wrangler Blvd., Seminole, OK
Does your child want to be a doctor? Or maybe a scientist? Kids can get a glimpse into real-life situations in the virtual worlds created by this museum.
Leonardo’s Children’s Museum and Adventure Quest
200 E. Maple Ave., Enid, OK
Imagine, play, discover and learn with this museum’s many hands-on exhibits and play areas. The three-story science park is full of extraordinary activities.
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd St., Oklahoma City
The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum preserves and interprets the evolving history and cultures of the American West for the education and enrichment of its diverse audiences of adults and children.
300 Aquarium Drive, Jenks
With more than 100 exhibits and thousands of animals, you are sure to discover amazing aquatic creatures of all kinds. Whether you’re petting stingrays, feeding turtles or walking under the shark tunnel, you will come away with memories of a lifetime.
Bonus: Be sure to check their schedule for the popular shark feeding events!
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Drive, Oklahoma City
The Oklahoma City Museum of Art—OKCMOA—is the namesake visual arts organization of Oklahoma City. The Museum’s 110,000 square foot facility, constructed in 2002, is located in the heart of downtown and is an anchor for a growing cultural district of the greater metropolitan area.
The Oklahoma City National Memorial
620 N. Harvey, Oklahoma City
Few events in the past quarter-century have rocked Americans’ perception of themselves and their institutions and brought together the people of our nation with greater intensity than the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City. The Memorial is a place you can go to educate your children and honor the lives of those lost.
Perot Museum of Nature and Science
2201 N. Field Street, Dallas, TX
Five floors house 11 permanent exhibit halls containing state-of-the-art video and 3D computer animation with thrilling, life-like simulations where visitors can exercise their brains through hands-on activities, interactive kiosks and educational games. Note: Advanced ticket purchases are strongly recommended as tickets often sell out.
Philbrook Museum of Art
2727 South Rockford Road, Tulsa
In 1938 Waite Phillips surprised Tulsans with the announcement of his gift of the 72-room mansion and surrounding 23 acres of grounds as an art center for the city of Tulsa. Now you and your family can enjoy this beautiful spot in the heart of Tulsa.
Bonus: Enjoy free museum admission and family friendly, hands-on art-making projects on the second Saturday of each month.
The Price Tower Arts Center
510 S. Dewey Ave., Bartlesville, OK
Price Tower Arts Center in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, is located inside the only fully realized skyscraper designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, a 19-story landmark completed in 1956. The ongoing mission of Price Tower Arts Center is to provide local, regional and global audiences with the experience of great art, architecture and design.
Sam Noble Museum of Natural History
2401 Chautauqua Ave., Norman, OK
The kids will love the Discovery Room at the SNMONH! This hands-on exhibit space is designed for visitors to explore museum objects in a stimulating and fun environment. Discover objects housed in the collection drawers, complete a series of tabletop activities, excavate dinosaur bones or simply examine the many wonders displayed in the room.
Bonus: Free admission every first Monday of the month.
Science Museum Oklahoma
2100 NE 52nd, Oklahoma City
The Science Museum of Oklahoma has an exhibit to fit every child’s interest, as well as a safe play place for the littlest ones. You don’t want to miss one of the Planetarium show times on your visit – check their website for the schedule.
Titanic Museum Attraction
3235 76 Country Blvd & Hwy 165, Branson, MO
800.381.7670 • 417.334.9500
Discover the stories of the passengers and crew who sailed Titanic, as the crew and interactive galleries in the ship-shaped Titanic Museum bring them to life. Described as a “permanent, interactive attraction for all ages,” the Titanic Museum in Branson will thrill children and adults alike.
Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium
3624 N 74th, Tulsa
The TASM is the place to go for hands-on, science-based experiences with your children. TASM tells the story of Oklahoma’s aerospace history with 35,000 square feet of interactive exhibits. The planetarium uses state-of-the-art technology for a true intergalactic experience.
Tulsa Children’s Museum’s Discovery Lab
560 Maybelle Ave., Tulsa
Tulsa’s hands-on children’s museum where kids can discover, collaborate, create and play. Monthly themed workshops promote the use of recycled materials and real tools to inspire kids to make new creations.
Tulsa Zoo and Living Museum
6421 E 36th St N., Tulsa
Besides animals, the Tulsa Zoo offers daily animal chats and demonstrations, a petting zoo, a train, a carousel, camel tours, a Gem Dig and Nature Exchange.
Will Rogers Memorial Museum
1720 West Will Rogers Boulevard, Claremore
918.341.0719 or 800.324.9455
The Will Rogers Museum in Claremore pays tribute to the life, wisdom and humor of one of Oklahoma’s most famous native sons. Filled with art, memorabilia, archives and a library, the museum houses important collections. You can also hear Rogers’ voice on radio replays, watch one of his 71 motion pictures or stroll through the garden.
Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch
9501 East 380 Rd., Oologah
The Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch in Oologah is a two-story house on a 400-acre ranch where Rogers was born. There are goats and burros, picnic tables under shade trees, longhorn cattle.
WONDERtorium Children’s Museum
308 West Franklin Lane, Stillwater
Stillwater’s award-winning children’s museum is all about learning through play.
102 East M.B. Brady St., Tulsa
The Woody Guthrie Center is dedicated to celebrating Woody's life and legacy and educating a new generation about his important role in American history.
Woolaroc Ranch, Museum and Wildlife Preserve in Bartlesville
1925 Woolaroc Ranch, Bartlesville
Take the family to visit former Frank Phillips lodge. There’s also a museum, hiking trails, and wildlife, including bison that will stand in front of your car.