When people think of cities with a rich cultural scene, New York City, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, and New Orleans typically come to mind. For whatever reason, Oklahoma City is often overshadowed, but once you visit or move to the area, you quickly discover that there are layers of history, arts, and culture waiting to be peeled back here. In fact, most people are quite surprised at how many phenomenal museums there are to explore; many of which are free!
- Oklahoma City Museum of Art – The world’s most extensive collection of Chihuly glass is found here, which includes the Eleanor Blake Kirkpatrick Memorial Tower that stands 55-feet tall in the museum’s atrium. The Noble Theater is the perfect place to enjoy a film, and when weather is nice, people flock to the rooftop for cocktails when the Skyline is open. There is also a great restaurant here and a gift shop with unique merchandise.
- Science Museum Oklahoma – Children absolutely love this museum because nearly everything is interactive. If you live in the area, you will want to get a year pass; you will definitely use it. Everything is so fun and interesting, you might not even realize how educational it is. The “Science Live” show is a special treat and even as an adult you may feel like a little kid in a candy store when you see the three-story tree house.
- Museum of Osteology – This may very well be the coolest museum you ever go to. Although rather small, it has a thoughtful layout. Here you find more skeletons and skulls than you will probably ever see in one place. Exhibits include Flightless Birds, Aves, Carnivora, Marsupials, Reptiles and Amphibians, Primates, Forensic Pathology, and many more.
- National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum – Here you will find saddles, swords, muskets, Native American designs, rodeo exhibits, and many more surprises. This place is huge so be prepared to spend several hours here if you want to take it all in. There is even a mock western town with a saloon, hotel, general store, doctor’s office, and church.
- American Banjo Museum – Seriously, where else are you going to find a museum dedicated to banjos? You definitely don’t need to be a fan of old country music to love this place either. The collection is amazing.
- Crystal Bridge – Although categorized as a museum, this venue is better described as one massive, living piece of art. It is basically a huge greenhouse made up of upper and lower tiers where you will see an amazing collection of plants. Some literally wind through both levels. There is also a beautiful waterfall inside as well as a bridge, festive kites, parrots, ducks, and a whole lot more.
- American Indian Cultural Center and Museum – Since there is a cowboy museum here, it only makes sense that the city would house a Native American museum as well. Inside you will appreciate artistic exhibits while the outside cultural portion allows you to explore the elements of earth, fire, wind, and water. This is an educational but extremely interesting place. Did you know that there are more than 500 dialects and languages spoken in North America alone? This is just one of the interesting facts you will learn as you browse through.