The only skeleton museum in the United States, the Museum of Osteology is a great place for people of all ages to learn about phlanges, metatarsals and carpals. With over 400 skulls and 300 complete skeletons on display, the museum gives valuable insights into the skeletal makeup of humans as well as animals. Visitors can enjoy some hands-on learning at the Explorers Corner, where you can handle bones from various North American mammalian species. On your way out, the gift shop is a great place to get someone something unique.
Known as the City Arts Center when it was founded by philanthropists John and Eleanor Kirkpatrick in 1989, the renamed Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center features two art spaces, the Eleanor Kirkpatrick Gallery and Circle Gallery, respectively. The former eponymous gallery hosts rotating exhibits and the latter more mixed-media art such as interactive, digital and multi-sensory presentations. Additionally, the focus of the center is not only on art, here the artists offer classes and workshops on painting, two-dimensional studio arts, pottery in addition to many more interesting artistic pursuits. Since the center is a non-profit organization, admission is free, but there is a nominal fee for the classes. Check website for event calendar and schedule of courses.
If you're looking for a laugh, look no further than the Loony Bin! This popular comedy club with locations in Arkansas, Kansas as well as Oklahoma hosts both up-and-coming comedians and big time names. A full bar is offered, along with a pub-style food menu (think nachos and cheeseburgers). Check out the website to purchase tickets or to see the complete calendar.
For those that love trains, the OKC Railway Museum is the perfect place to visit. Here, train enthusiasts can see anachronistic dining or Pullman cars, freight cars, steam engines and everything that has to do with the great American railways. From April to September, visitors can take an actual train from Oakwood Depot to the nearby Zoo or towards downtown and rides usually take about 35 minutes. The museum can also be used as a venue for birthday parties and other themed events, especially during the holidays, Halloween, etc.
Country music has long played an important role in the culture of Oklahoma, almost as much as it has in Nashville, Tennessee. The Rodeo Opry hosts live concerts every week featuring professional and amateur musicians with backing from the famous house band. The Opry prides itself on being family friendly, with concerts that are accessible for music lovers of all ages. For an authentic and entertaining local experience, be sure to catch a show at the Rodeo Opry.
The Blue Door is a rustic music club in Oklahoma City. It is the brainchild of Greg Johnson, the founder of Blue Door. Guests are literally greeted with two big blue doors, which was the inspiration behind the name of this jaunt. The venue takes pride in encouraging new and upcoming songwriters as well as hosts prominent names from the music industry on their stage. The 100 seat venue follows the Bring Your Own Beer policy and is reckoned a must visit when in town.
One of its kind, the American Banjo Museum is home to a vast collection of music, media, documents and memorabilia. all connected to this instrument with origins in Africa. With over 300 banjos alone, the museum boasts the largest public exhibition them in the world. The banjo is said to have been introduced to this country by African slaves as it had derived from a similar instrument. Over the centuries, the banjo has come to win the hearts of musicians and music fans everywhere, and is today used in a range of musical genres like jazz, folk music, country music and bluegrass music. A visit to this museum will tell you more about this mystical five-stringed melody-maker.
Located in the inner city north side neighborhood, The Boom Boom Room is an over the top LGBT entertainment venue, nightclub and restaurant. This eclectic venue offers dinner theater shows, karaoke and theme nights throughout the week. Their most popular event is the weekly Sunday Gospel Brunch, where guests can enjoy a lively show as they dine on scrumptious breakfast cuisine.