The American West in all its glory and grandeur is captured in this 220,000 square feet (20,439 square meter) museum. There are hundreds of sculptures and thousands of paintings, photographs and artifacts from the Old West. The newest addition is the Joe Grandee wing, which features more than 5,000 artifacts. There is a life-size reproduction of a frontier town, a rodeo gallery, a cowboy gallery and a frontier soldier gallery. You will also see the largest collection of works by contemporary western artists, as well as the famous paintings of Frederick Remington.
The Oklahoma City Museum of Art has more than 3000 works from 19th and 20th-century American artists. The highlight is a gallery that focuses on modern American art from the 1950s and 1960s, which includes work by Ellsworth Kelly, Richard Diebenkorn and Robert Indiana. Additionally, this art museum attracts wonderful traveling exhibits that are a must for connoisseurs. Guided tours are available for groups with ten or more people as long as the reservation is made two weeks prior to visit.
The Harn Homestead and 1889ers Museum is where city benefactor William Fremont Harn developed this quintessential frontier homestead. The estate contains a one-room schoolhouse, a grandiose Victorian mansion and a petting-zoo/farm on the grounds. The land was claimed during the Oklahoma Land Run of 1889 and today the complex offers hands-on education about the work ethic during the late 19th Century as well as providing field trips and day camps. The 9.4 acre facility is also available for corporate events, weddings, birthday parties, etc.
You will see more than six million specimens of Oklahoma's natural treasures at this museum. It is the largest university-based museum in the country. There is a 95-foot-long and 26-foot-tall Apatosaurus, which is the world's largest. There is also a 10-foot-tall skull of a Pentaceratops. This is something that would impress your 10-year-old. There is even a hands-on room.
Adding to its artful and colorful repertoire, the 21c Museum Hotel chain can boast about yet another boutique wonder located in Oklahoma City. Featuring an art museum which showcases an extensive collection of works ranging from artworks to interactive installations, the hotel has been garnering widespread attention for its marvelous displays and exhibits. The fancy rooms are draped in every imaginable finery, and are equipped with some of the best and most convenient amenities. Sample some delectable snacks at the on-site restaurant which offers an ingenious twist to the traditional New American cuisine, or relax at the exquisite spa and rejuvenate yourself! The hotel provides a number of rooms which can be used for private events such as weddings and business conferences. If staying indoors is not your thing, you can explore the wonderful sites surrounding the hotel.
This gallery on the University of Oklahoma campus has become well known in art circles for its fine collections. The space is open and very minimalist; nice lighting and unobtrusive beige walls allow viewers to focus on the pieces and not on the environment. Four main collections are housed here: contemporary, the Oscar Jacobson American Indian Art Collection, the Oklahoma State Department collection, and the Santa Fe Indian School. There are also special exhibits held throughout the year to display traveling collections. Closed on Mondays.