As you may already know, we’re heading to Oklahoma City for
this year’s TLPA Spring Conference & Expo! It’s a charming place with lots
of cool things to do, and that includes a museum dedicated to…(wait for it!)…all
Yes, Oklahoma City is home to the National Cowboy &
Western Heritage Museum, which is exactly
as cool as it sounds. From antique firearms to a replica Wild West town, the
museum is a journey into the cowboy culture of America.
“It’s a place for everyone to ‘Find their West.’ The museum
is a can’t-miss destination when passing through OKC,” said Tara Carr, the
museum’s communications coordinator. We talked with her to get the lowdown on
the museum for TLPA members who want to explore its unique offerings:
What makes the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, well, awesome?
Tara: The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is
unique because it tells the full story of the American West. More than 10
million visitors from around the world have sought out this unique museum to
gain a better understanding of the West: a region and a history that permeates
our national culture. The museum houses everything from fine art and sculptures
to galleries that focus on the American cowboy, rodeos, Native American
culture, Victorian firearms, frontier military, Western performers and more.
Don’t forget to see the sprawling Garden Gallery while you’re here!
What’s the most popular exhibit?
Tara: The most popular exhibit at the museum is by far “Prosperity
Junction.” This exhibit features a replica of a turn-of-the-century cattle town
built in an area of the museum where a 40-foot-high ceiling allows two story
structures. At its northern edge lies the town’s industrial section, including
a railroad depot, blacksmith shop, and livery stable. At the south end are the
social elements, including the school, the church and residences. Between those
two extremes lay the bulk of the town’s business structures. This real-life
town leaves a memory you will never forget!
Are there going to be any cool events or special exhibits going on the
week of April 10?
Tara: The museum’s Western Heritage Awards is April 13 -14! It
is an awards show, similar to the Grammys, that was established in 1961 as the
pinnacle commemoration of the American West. The show honors the legacy of men
and women for their works in literature, music, film, and television.
Reservations are required and can be found at www.nationalcowboymuseum.org.
Besides that, we have three new spring exhibitions that will be on display
during this week!
What’s the best time to visit the museum?
Tara: There’s never a wrong time to visit! If you want a more
quiet and private visit, I’d suggest visiting on a weekday before lunch. The
weekends are always bustling with programs and activities the whole family can
enjoy! Be sure to check the website for upcoming tours that are free to
So, there you have it—an insider’s view of Oklahoma City’s most
unique museum! It’s just one more reason to saddle up and be sure to join us at
the TLPA Spring Conference & Expo in OKC! Click here to learn
more and register today!