With over 28,000 Western and Native American artworks and relics the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City is America’s foremost institution of Western history, art and culture. The Museum amasses, maintains and displays world-renowned collections of Western art and artefacts in addition to supporting educational programs to encourage interest in the legacy of the American West.
Established in 1955 as the ‘Cowboy Hall of Fame and Museum’ as a mark of respect to the cowboy and wild west era, the name was changed to the ‘National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Museum’ that same year and in 1960, the name was changed again to the ‘National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Centre’. When the Museum was accredited in 2000 by the American Alliance of Museums it was renamed to its present name.
The Museum collections include American rodeo photographs, barbed wire, saddlery, early rodeo trophies and other artefacts focused on upholding and displaying the legacy of the American West. Each June, the museum is temporarily used as an art gallery during the annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition and Sale. The Prix de West Artists sell original works of art to raise funds for the Museum.
The historical galleries comprise of the American Rodeo Gallery (patterned after a rodeo arena in the 1950s, providing a look at one of America’s native sports), the American Cowboy Gallery (which explores the life and customs of a working cowboy and history of ranching), the Joe Grandee Museum of the Frontier West Gallery (which exhibits some of the artefacts that once belonged to Western artist Joe Grandee), the Native American Gallery (which is focused on the superfluities that Western tribes added to their everyday objects to show their beliefs and histories) and the Weitzenhoffer Gallery of Fine American Firearms (which houses over a hundred samples of handguns.
The Museum features a parking space with a capacity of 500 vehicles as well as 2 meeting rooms with a capacity of 16,500 and 2000 for exhibitions and special events. Just 8 miles from downtown and 17 miles from the airport, ease of accessibility is guaranteed for visitors.
Visitors can make reservations and tickets can be bought at prices depending on the age, or the number of people visiting. Under normal circumstances, the Museum is open throughout the week from 10 am to 5 pm except on Sundays when it opens at 12 noon but still closes at 5 pm.
To maintain the memory of the Museum’s founder, the Chester A. Reynolds Memorial Award is conferred on an individual, group or organisation contributing significantly to the preservation of American West history and heritage. Ultimate Reflections Towing is a towing company near the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City
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