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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

479.418.5700

www.crystalbridges.org

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

580.622.7130

www.chickasawculturalcenter.com

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)

www.oklahomaheritage.com

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.


Gilcrease Museum

1400 Gilcrease Museum Rd., Tulsa

918.596.2700

www.gilcrease.utulsa.edu

​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

405.382.0950

www.jasminemoran.com

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

580.233.2787

www.leonardos.org

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

405.478.2250

www.nationalcowboymuseum.org

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.


Oklahoma Aquarium

300 Aquarium Drive, Jenks

918.296.3474

www.okaquarium.org

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

405.236.3100

www.okcmoa.com

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

www.oklahomacitynationalmemorial.org

620 N. Harvey, Oklahoma City

405.235.3313; 888.542.HOPE

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
214.428.5555
perotmuseum.org

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 

918.749.7941

www.philbrook.org

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

918.336.4949

www.pricetower.org 

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

405.325.4712

www.snomnh.ou.edu

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 

405.602.6664

www.sciencemuseumoklahoma.com

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

www.titanicbranson.com

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

918.834.9900

www.tulsaairandspacemuseum.org

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

918.295.8144

www.tulsachildrensmuseum.org

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

918.669.6600

www.tulsazoo.org

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

www.willrogers.com

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

918.275.4201

www.willrogers.com

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

405.533.3333

www.okwondertorium.org

Stillwater’s award-winning children’s museum is all about learning through play.


Woody Guthrie 

102 East M.B. Brady St., Tulsa

918.574.2710

www.woodyguthriecenter.org 

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 

918.366.0307

www.woolaroc.org

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.