Here is a start at listing all of the Historical field trips we can think of. You’ll need to do your own research for details about each one because things change all the time.
Have a favorite that we missed? Have other information that we should add? Let us know by emailing email@example.com and including “Field Trip” in the subject line.
Art Deco Museum-Tulsa, 511 S Boston Ave, (918) 417-6544.
www.tulsaartdecomuseum.com. Admission to the Museum is free to the public. Exhibits are located in the beautiful Art Deco Lobby of the Philcade Building. Mon-Fri 8 am-6 pm, Saturday 11-6 pm, closed Sunday. It’s closed on major holidays. Self-guided tours by the map are available. Docent-led tours should be scheduled by email to firstname.lastname@example.org with a suggested donation of $5 per person. They do walking tours of the downtown building architecture, as well.
Ataloa Lodge Museum – 2299 Old Bacone Road, Muskogee, OK, 74403. P: (918) 683-4581. Historic Ataloa Lodge Museum is located on the scenic campus of Bacone College in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Ataloa Lodge Museum has one of the finest collections of American Indian artifacts in the USA.
- Honey Springs Battlefield Checotah. The Engagement at Honey Springs (called The Affair at Elk Creek by the Confederates) was the largest of more than 107 documented hostile encounters in the Indian Territory. The 1,100-acre site has six walking trails with a total of 55 interpretive signs. COST: 12 & Older – $5.00. AGES: All. CONTACT: www.honeysprings.org. 1863 Honey Springs Battlefield Rd., Checotah, OK. The Confederate installation at Honey Springs consisted of a frame commissary, etc .
- Battle of Round Mountain Re-enactment
- Dripping Springs Rendezvous
- Wachita (Or Washita) Battlefield National Historic – WHAT: The site protects and interprets the setting along the Washita River where Lt. Col. George A. Custer led the 7th U.S. Cavalry on a surprise dawn attack against the Southern Cheyenne village of Peace Chief Black Kettle on November 27, 1868. The attack was an important event in the tragic clash of cultures of the Indian Wars era. Special programs are available. WHEN: Every day, daylight to dusk. WHERE: 2 miles west of Cheyenne on SH-47A, Cheyenne, OK. COST: None. AGES: All. CONTACT: 580-497-2742 (ext. 4 for school programs)
Cherokee jail, courthouse, etc in downtown Tahlequah
Cherokee National Museum – Park Hill – The building that houses the Cherokee National Museum was designed by Cherokee architect and Cherokee National Historical society board member Charles Chief Boyd. The design symbolizes a traditional Cherokee dwelling, built low to the ground and illuminated at both ends by natural lighting. The museum serves five main functions: it houses the permanent Trail of Tears exhibit, temporary Exhibits, two major art shows each year, and the genealogy center. Ancient Village and Adams Corner sites with the heritage center property
Cherokee Heritage Center Ancient Village – Park Hill – The Ancient Village has been and remains the oldest enduring attraction at the Cherokee Heritage Center. This site was selected because it was the original location of the Cherokee Female Seminary.
Adams Corner Rural Village is a collection of seven buildings representing Cherokee life in the 1890s before Oklahoma statehood. A self-guided tour of the rural village is part of the offerings of general admission to the Cherokee Heritage Center
Cherokee Strip Museum — 2617 West Fir Street, Perry, OK. The museum’s mission is to collect, preserve, and interpret the history of the Cherokee strip.
Chickasaw White House — 520 E. Arlington, Ada, OK. Once considered a mansion on the frontier, it was home to Chickasaw Governor
Chisholm Trail Heritage Center — 1000 North Chisholm Trail Parkway, Duncan, OK. Home of the largest monument in America, dedicated to the Chisholm Trail.
Chisholm Trail Museum — 605 Zellers Avenue, Kingfisher, OK. Once the greatest cow trail in the world. Once the greatest cow trail in the world, the Chisholm Trail served to get Texas cattle north to the Kansas railheads from which they were shipped to the other parts of the country. The main stem of the Chisholm Trail ran along what is now US 81. Cattle were first moved over the trail in 1867. In the ten years from 1867 to 1877, more than three million head of cattle passed through Oklahoma to Kansas
Cimarron Heritage Center — 1300 North Cimarron, Boise City, OK. Wonderful exhibits and artifacts related to local and state history
Edmond Historical Society Museum — 431 S. Boulevard, Edmond, OK. Edmond Historical Society Museum is a small museum featuring several exhibits
Elk City Old Town Museum Complex — west on US 66, Elk City, OK. The museum complex recreates an early western town.
Five Civilized Tribes Museum. Agency Hill and Honor Heights Drive. Muskogee, OK, 74401. P: (918) 683-1701. The United States Government built the Union Indian Agency in 1875. It was built of native stone and was to serve as the Five Civilized Tribes Superintendency. – From 1878 until 1891, when the property was purchased by the Creek Nation, the building served as a school and orphanage for children of Creek Freedmen. – The City of Muskogee acquired ownership in 1907 for park purposes. WHAT: History of the Five Civilized Tribes – WHEN: Monday-Saturday: 10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M., Sunday: 1:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M. WHERE: Agency Hill, Honor Heights Drive, Muskogee, OK. AGES: All. COST: Admission charged. CONTACT: (918) 683-1701
Fort Gibson– Established in 1824, Fort Gibson served as a starting point for several military expeditions that explored the west and sought peace between the tribes in the region. It was occupied through most of the Indian Removal period then abandoned in 1857. The post was reactivated during the Civil War. The army stayed through the Reconstruction and Indian Wars periods, combating the problem of outlaws and squatters. In 1890, the army abandoned Fort Gibson for the last time. there are bread baking days and an encampment for school days.
Garrett Historic Home — P.O. Box 2502, Fort Gibson, OK. Built-in 1867 and was part of the Fort Gibson Fort established in Indian Territory.
Fort Smith National Historic Site – Fort Smith: Bastion of Law and Order – At Fort Smith National Historic Site you can walk where soldiers drilled, pause along the Trail of Tears, and stand where justice was served. The park includes the remains of two frontier forts and the Federal Court for the Western District of Arkansas. Judge Isaac C. Parker, known as the “hanging judge,” presided over the court for 21 years.
Fort Supply — P.O.Box 247, Fort Supply, OK. The Oklahoma Historical Society’s mission at the Fort Supply Historic Site.
Fort Towson — HC 63, Box 1580, Fort Towson, OK. Fort Towson was established in 1824 in response to a need to quell conflicts.
Fort Washita — 3348 State Rd. 199, Durant, OK. Fort Washita was established in 1842 as the southwestern-most post in the United States
Frank Phillips Home — 1107 Cherokee Avenue, Bartlesville, OK. The restored Greek Revival mansion was built in 1909 and was the home of Phillips Petroleum/Phillips 66 founder. He was an ambitious barber-turned-bond salesman from Iowa who visited Bartlesville in 1903 to assess business possibilities in the surrounding oil fields. He returned permanently two years later with his wife, Jane, and young son, John. After a series of failures that nearly caused him to abandon the business, a string of eighty-one straight successful oil wells insured success. The Home depicts the lives, tastes, fashions, and values of the Phillips and their world. As an example of the personal home of an Oklahoma oil millionaire, it is a window through which you can step back to those times and experience the home life of one of America’s most fascinating oil men.
Fred Drummond House — 305 N. Price, Hominy, OK. Victorian home of Frederick Drummond, turn-of-the-century business leader.
George Washington Carver site in Missouri
Governor’s Mansion – WHAT: This stately mansion has been the official residence of Oklahoma’s Chief Executive since 1928. Designed by the same architectural firm that was chosen to design the State Capitol Building, the Governor’s mansion reflects the same Dutch Colonial style. WHERE: 820 NE 23rd. COST: Free. WHEN: Tours conducted on Wed. from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm except for holidays, March through November. CONTACT: (405)521-9211
Greater Southwest Historical Museum — 35 Sunset Drive, Ardmore, OK. The Greater Southwest Historical Museum features exhibits and programming.
Har-ber Village. WHEN: Daily 9 AM TO 6 PM, Sunday 11 AM to 6 pm, March 1 – Nov. 15. WHERE: 4404 W 20th GROVE, OK. AGES: All. COST: None. CONTACT: 918-786-6446
Harn Homestead – -WHEN: Daily Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. for children’s programming and large group tours. Open for tours from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m., with a guided tour of the Harn House beginning at 3:00 p.m. Please call for an appointment. WHERE: 313 N.E. 16th Street, Oklahoma City, OK. AGES: All. COST: Fee charged. CONTACT: (405) 235-4058
Historic Mattie Beal Home — SW 5th and Summit Avenue, Lawton, OK. After undergoing extensive rehabilitation in 2003-2005, the Home is open again.
J.M. Davis Arms and Historical Museum — 333 N. Lynn Riggs Blvd, Claremore, OK. The museum houses the largest personal collection of arms in the world.
Jim Thorpe House — 706 E. Boston, Yale, OK. The home of 1912 Olympian Jim Thorpe where exhibit artifacts from Thorpe.
John Ross Museum Tahlequah – not sure this is still open as a stand-alone thing or if it is part of the Cherokee Nation’s Museums
KATY Depot Museum – WHAT: KATY DEPOT, built-in 1890, is the M.K.&T.’s oldest surviving wooden station. The museum collection includes railroad, pioneer businesses, cowboys and Indians, military, and the Civil War Battle of Honey Springs memorabilia. Also included is the M.K.T. Caboose #205 and a 14 Flag historical display. WHEN: Mid-March to Mid-December, Thursday -Saturday & Monday, 1- 4 pm, Sunday, 2-4 pm, and by appointment. WHERE: Located off U.S. 69 at the Highway 266 exit, North of Interstate 40 on Paul Carr Drive, Checotah. AGES: All. COST: Free. CONTACT: 918-473-6377
Kerr Historical Farm — 29186 Kerr-Overstreet Rd., Keota, OK. The Overstreet-Kerr Historical Farm showcases rural life in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Laura Ingall’s house in Missouri – better if you’ve read the books
Marland Mansion and Estate –– 901 Monument Road, Ponca City, OK. WHAT: first home of Ernest Whitworth Marland, tenth governor of Oklahoma, and founder of Marland Oil Company. It houses 101 Ranch Artifacts, an Archeology display, Native American artifacts of the Plains tribes, Daughters of the American Revolution Museum, and Heritage rooms. WHEN: Tuesday thru Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. WHERE: 1000 E Grand Ave, Ponca City, OK 74601. COST: None. AGES: All. CONTACT: (580) 767-0427. The Marland story is fascinating, and his home is an architectural wonder.
Military History Center – 112 N Main St, Broken Arrow, Ok 74012. Lots of WWII history and
Moore-Lindsay House Historical Museum — 508 N. Peters Ave., Norman, OK. William Moore was a wealthy Norman businessman.
Murrell Home – Park Hill – George Michael Murrell was born to a prominent family in Lynchburg, Virginia, in 1808. He moved to the Athens, Tennessee, area as a young man to pursue mercantile interests with his brother, Glenmore O. Murrell, and future father-in-law, Lewis Ross. There, in 1834, George Murrell met and married Minerva Ross. Minerva was the oldest daughter of Lewis and Fannie (Holt) Ross, members of a wealthy and influential Cherokee family. Lewis was a merchant, planter, and National Treasurer of the Cherokee Nation. His brother, John, was Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation from 1828 until his death in 1866
Murray-Lindsay Mansion — 1.75 miles south on SR 79, then .25 miles west on a marked road., Lindsay, OK. The three-story home was built in 1897 and has undergone renovation.
Museum of the Red River — 812 E. Lincoln Road (South Hwy 70 Bypass), Idabel, OK. The Museum’s collections feature archaeological artifacts of the Caddo Indians, etc.
Museum of the Western Prairie — 1100 Memorial Drive, Altus, OK – Museum of the Western Prairie tells the story of Southwest Oklahoma.
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. WHERE: 1700 N.E. 63rd Street, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73111. CONTACT: Admissions Coordinator (405) 478-2250, ext. 277. HOURS: 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. Daily. COST: $8.50 Adults, $7.00 Senior Citizens, (62+), $4.00 Children 6-12, Children under 6, Free. Call for group rates. Self-guided tours are available 7 days a week with a confirmed reservation. Educational programs for elementary students are offered Monday through Friday, from 9:00 A.M. until 12:00 P.M., September through May. Guided tours are available year-round, Monday through Saturday, from 9:00 A.M. until 5:00 P.M. Group Size and Chaperone Requirements: A minimum of ten students is required for all group visits. The Lunch Pavilion is available for those groups bringing a sack lunch- reservation required. Reservations are required for all group visits. Make reservations at least two weeks in advance of the desired date.
1. SCHOOL PROGRAMS.
- ONE-ROOM SCHOOLHOUSE (Grades K-6) – Relive the turn-of-the-century in
Prosperity Junction’s one-room schoolhouse. Our teacher provides a curriculum in math, spelling, and readings from McGuffey’s Readers. Students use slates and chalk to complete their lessons and are expected to follow the 1905 rules of conduct.
- COWBOY ADVENTURE (Grades K-1) – Children learn basic information about American cowboys, wrap a bandana around their necks and take a “cattle drive” in our classroom. They also visit the American Cowboy Gallery where they view a “bunkhouse” and learn how cowboys lived in the West. Children are given flashcards with brand symbols, which they use in the galleries to locate their “brands.”
- NATIVE AMERICAN LIFESTYLE (Grades K-1) – Children learn about traditional Native American garments and decorations in the classroom. Then they use beads to make a necklace that they can take home. The class also visits the galleries where they view Native American art and artifacts.
- COWBOY LIFESTYLE (Grade 2)- Children learn basic information about cowboy clothing and the many jobs of a cowboy. Classroom examples are carefully studied without inhibitive barriers. The class then visits the American Cowboy Gallery.
No Man’s Land Museum – Goodwell, OK – When the Territory of Kansas was created in 1854 its boundary was set at the 37th parallel. When Texas came into the union, being a slave state, it could not extend its sovereignty over any territory north of 36 30′ North. The Missouri Compromise specified that territory North of this line would be free-state territory. This situation left a narrow strip of land 34 miles wide between Kansas and Texas extending from the 100th parallel on the East to the 103rd parallel on the West, a total of 168 miles in length. At the eastern end of the area was the Cherokee Outlet and at the western end was the Territory of New Mexico. Since the area was claimed by no state, it was soon given the name of No Man’s Land
Oklahoma City National Memorial – Oklahoma City National Memorial honors the victims, survivors, rescuers, and all who were changed forever on April 19, 1995. The outdoor Symbolic Memorial, which consists of the following segments on 3.3 acres, can be visited: The Gates of Time: Monumental twin gates frame the moment of destruction – 9:02 – and mark the formal entrances to the Memorial.
Oklahoma Heritage Association — 1400 Classen Drive, Oklahoma City, OK
Oklahoma Historic Fashions Museum – 810 North State Street, Wagoner, OK, 74467, US The museum tells the history through the use of textiles and fashions. Organized in1997 when Oklahoma Historic Fashions, Inc., donated its entire collection to the city, the museum is one of the finest collections of historical fashions in the Southwest. As a complement to the fashions, many artifacts from Wagoner’s past are also displayed. tel:(918)485-9111
Oklahoma History Center — 2401 N. Laird Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK – WHAT: 215,000 square-foot learning center exploring Oklahoma’s unique history of geology, transportation, commerce, culture, aviation, heritage, and more. Education programs, videos, traveling “trunks,” and resource packets. WHEN: Monday – Saturday, 9 am – 5 pm; Sunday 12 pm – 5 pm. Closed New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day. WHERE: Northeast corner of N.E. 23rd & Lincoln Boulevard, across the street from the Oklahoma Capitol. COST: Fee charged. AGES: All. CONTACT: (405) 522-5248, E-mail: OKHC@OKHistory.org
Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame – Tulsa
Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 918-687-0800, 401 S 3rd St. Muskogee, OK 74401
Oklahoma Territorial Museum – WHAT: Tells the story of the determined people who laid the foundation for the future state of Oklahoma through artifacts, photographs, and paintings. WHEN: Tuesday-Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. WHERE: 402 E. Oklahoma, Guthrie, OK. COST: Free. AGES: ALL (Special programs for K-8th and 7th-12th.). CONTACT: (405) 282-1889 or Email: email@example.com
Overholser (Henry) Historic Mansion, WHERE: 405 NW 15th (NW15th & N. Hudson), CONTACT: (405)528-8485, ADMISSION: Adults $3.00, Seniors $2.50, Youth 6-18 $1, Under 6 are Free. HOURS : Tuesday – Friday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Saturday & Sunday 2:00 pm, – 4:00 pm. Hourly guided tours. WHAT: Overholser Mansion is the first mansion in Oklahoma City, built by early-day entrepreneur Henry Overholser. It is of late 19th-century architecture with original furnishings and hand-painted, canvas-covered walls.
Pawnee Bill Ranch and Wild West Museum (http://www.okhistory.org/mus-sites/masnum23.htm). WHAT: See some of the last remnants of the legendary Old West. Drive through the buffalo pasture and view buffalo, longhorn, and elk as they might have looked to a pioneer traveling across the prairie. Walk through the log cabin, blacksmith shop, and the Indian flower shrine and take a walk back into time. Tour Pawnee Bill’s dream home and visualize life in 1910 Oklahoma with Pawnee Bill memorabilia, photographs, and much more. Each summer the hillside on BlueHawk Peak at the Pawnee Bill Buffalo Ranch comes alive with trick riders, trick ropers, shootings, hangings – a battle between the cowboys and Indians … it’s the west at its best. WHEN: (April-Oct) Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Sunday and Monday, 1:00 p.m.to 4:00 pm. (November-March) Wednesday – Sat 10:00 – 5:00, Sundays 1-4 p.m. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Closed State Holidays. WHERE: One half mile west of Pawnee, Oklahoma on U.S. 64. COST: Free. AGES: All. CONTACT: 918-762-2513.
Peter Conser Home – Heavener, OK – The Lighthorse were the mounted police force of the Five Civilized Tribes. At previous times Lighthorse officials had acted as sheriff, judge, jury, and executioner. By the 1870s much of that power had been removed, but the job was still dangerous occasionally. Peter Conser joined the force in 1877. Papers available at the Peter Conser Home related how Choctaw lawbreakers would be told to come at the time of trial, and if convicted, would be sent home to make preparations for their punishment. They would do everything possible to be back early enough for their punishment to be carried out. Capital punishment was carried out by shooting until the lawbreaker was dead. Peter Conser was the leader of the Choctaw Nation and a wealthy merchant.
Pioneer Woman Museum – WHAT: Preserve and exhibit artifacts honoring pioneer women of all eras, with a 17-foot bronze monument. The Pioneer Woman Museum was dedicated September 15, 1958, just east of the statue. The museum preserves the legacy of women from all races, creeds, and nationalities who have contributed to the development of Oklahoma. The museum’s education center features craft demonstrations, special exhibits, an interactive timeline, and the Pioneer Woman Walk of Fame. The museum is dedicated to the enduring spirit of women – past, present, and future – who see no boundaries. WHEN: Tues-Sat 9:00 a.m.-5:00p.m. Sundays 1:00p.m.-5:00 p.m. Closed Mondays. WHERE: 701 Monument, Ponca City, Oklahoma 74604. COST: Fee Charged. CONTACT: 580-765-6108, https://www.pioneerwomanmuseum.com/
Plains Indians and Pioneers Museum — 2009 Williams Avenue, Woodward, OK
Pleasant Valley School – WHEN: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. WHERE: Stillwater, OK Call for directions. AGES: 4th and 5th graders. COST: $3 per child. CONTACT: Kathy McCrowski at 405-743-6300. This is a one-room schoolhouse. Children come dressed in period costumes, circa 1899. They will participate in school activities that would have been popular at that time. The best time to book a group is when public schools are not in session.
Prairie Song – WHAT: Recreated 1800s pioneer village museum features a two-story saloon, Scudder Schoolhouse, Wildwood Chapel, cowboy line shack, homestead cabin, post office, trading post, schoolmarm’s house, rock jailhouse, covered bridge, rock depot, and much more! Each structure was built with hand-hewn Arkansas “bull pine” and Missouri red and white oak. Prairie Song has been restocked with Texas longhorns, the original breed of cattle driven up the trail. Life, work, and play as it was in the 1800s. WHEN: Open to the Public (by appointment), For Large Groups: Open 24 Hours a Day, 7 Days a Week. For Small Groups: Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM, (weather permitting). WHERE: 402621 W. 1600 Rd., Dewey, OK. (5-1/2 miles east of Dewey on Durham Road). AGES: 4th and 5th graders for educational programs, all for public tours. COST: Fee charged. CONTACT: (918) 534-2662, E-mail: Prsong@aol.com
Price Tower – WHAT: Tour the Frank Lloyd Wright exhibit, Bruce Goff Apartment, and the Price Company Executive Office and Apartment. The Price Tower is Frank Lloyd Wright’s tallest built skyscraper. Wright took his inspiration for the cantilevered design from a tree. In fact, the Price Tower has been called the tree that escaped the crowded forest. This National Historic Landmark destination serves local, regional, and global audiences as an arts complex. WHEN: Tuesday – Saturday 10 am – 5 pm. Sunday 12:30 pm – 5 pm. Reservations are encouraged. WHERE: 510 Dewey Avenue, Bartlesville, OK. AGES: All. Partially handicap accessible. COST: Admission charged. CONTACT: 918-336-6943.
Red Earth Museum – WHAT: Red Earth is a Native American museum dedicated to encouraging the preservation of American Indian cultures. It sponsors one of the Top 100 Events to see in the United States, the Red Earth Native American Cultural Festival. The most talented Native American dancers on the continent gather to compete in the different dance categories, over 250 Indian artists display their creations in the Art Market area, over 40 vendors offer cultural food, books, craft items, etc. There are activities, art, and storytelling for the children throughout the day. WHERE: the museum is housed in the Omniplex/ Zoo area in Oklahoma City. CONTACT: Marcie Everhart, phone 405-427-5228, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Route 66 Museum in Clinton, OK – Exhibits begin with “The World’s Largest Curio Cabinet,” home of special treasures collected from along the route. Along the way, visitors see vehicles and listen to music while they experience the history and culture of each decade concerning road construction, transportation, lodging, restaurants, garages, curio shops, attractions, and other artifacts, graphics, and videos. At the end of their trip down the “Main Street of America,” visitors catch their breath in the drive-in theater, viewing “The American Odyssey”, narrated by Michael Wallis, an award-winning Route 66 Historian. After the film, visitors are able to stop in the “Curio” gift shop with its wide selection of signs, books, videos, clothing, toys, games, and numerous other mementos of Route 66 and the Museum.- 2229 Gary Freeway, Clinton, OK. WHAT: Travel through all eight states along Route 66 “The Mother Road”. The trip begins in Chicago and ends in California. Murals and different vignettes depict the eras of the road and the interesting places that made Route 66 so famous. As you travel along, you can listen to recorded histories and personal accounts of the road from overhead audio kiosks. Gift shop. WHERE: Westbound take Exit #41 and travel 4.8 miles on Old Highway 66. The museum is located on the north side of the road. COST: Admission charged. WHEN: Monday – Saturday, 9 am-5 pm; Sunday 2 pm-5 pm. Closed some holidays. CONTACT: (580) 225-6266
Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History — 2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman, OK The Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History features engaging exhibits that encourage inquiry and stimulating education sessions that provide a hands-on study of artifacts and scientific specimens. The Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History features 7 galleries, interactive displays, and fossils from Oklahoma and around the world. It boasts over 6 million items in twelve collection divisions and is one of the world’s largest university-based natural history museums. See pictures of the museum in an extensive image gallery. Education programs include school group lessons, Discovery Room sessions, outreach materials, adult and family programs, summer children’s workshops, and special events. For additional information or to make reservations for education programs, please call the Education Department at 405-325-4712 or email us at email@example.com.
Sequoyah’s Cabin — Rt. 1 Box 141, Sallisaw, OK. WHAT: Preserve and exhibit pre-Civil War cabin of Sequoyah, who developed the Cherokee alphabet. Sequoyah built this one-room log cabin in 1829 shortly after moving to Oklahoma. The cabin became the property of the Oklahoma Historical Society in 1936, and the cabin was enclosed in a stone cover building as a project of the Works Progress Administration. In 1966 the Secretary of the Interior designated the site as a National Historic Landmark. WHEN: Tuesday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday 2 to 5 p.m. WHERE: Three miles north and seven miles east of Sallisaw on State Hwy. 101. AGES: All. COST: None. CONTACT: 918-775-2413, Jerry Dobb- manager
Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art – Tulsa – The largest collection of Judaica in the American Southwest. Virtual field trip online. WHAT: Permanent collections: Jewish History and Culture, and The Herman and Kate Kaiser Holocaust Exhibition. Special and traveling exhibitions, programs, and tours – see website. WHEN: Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday- Friday, 1-5p.m. Sunday. Call three weeks in advance to reserve a Docent-led tour. Where: 2021 East 71st Street, Tulsa OK 74136. COST: See website. AGES: See website. CONTACT: Sabrina Darby, Administrative Assistant, 918.492.1818. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sod House Museum — Route 3, Box 28, Aline, OK. WHAT: Preserve and exhibit original sodhouse built in 1894 by Marshal McCully. WHEN: Tuesday-Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday- Sunday 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. WHERE: 4 1/2 miles north of Cleo Springs on State Hwy. 8. Aline, OK. COST: None. AGES: All. CONTACT: 580-463-2441. Thousands of “soddies” once dotted the prairies of Oklahoma, but only this “soddie” remains.
Southern Plains Indian Museum — 715 East Central Boulevard, Anadarko, OK. Displays richly varied arts of western Oklahoma tribal people.
Spiro Mounds – Spiro – Prehistoric Gateway…Present-day EnigmaThe mounds site, located seven miles outside of Spiro, Oklahoma, is the only prehistoric, Native American archaeological site in Oklahoma open to the public. The mounds are one of the most important Native American sites in the nation. The prehistoric Spiro people created a sophisticated culture that influenced the entire Southeast. Artifacts indicate an extensive trade network, a highly developed religious center, and a political system, which controlled the entire region. 18154 First Street, Spiro, OK. WHEN: Wednesday – Saturday, 9am – 5pm; Sunday, noon – 5pm. WHERE: 2 1/2 miles east and 3 1/2 miles north of Spiro on W.D. Mayo Lock & Dam Road off State Hwy. 9, Spiro, OK. AGES: all. COST: Free, Donations accepted. CONTACT: Dennis Peterson, curator, Email: email@example.com@ipa.net Story for kids: Adventure at Spiro Mounds http://www.oklahomahomeschool.com/ AdvSpiroMounds.html The mounds at Spiro, Oklahoma, are among the most important archaeological remains in Oklahoma.
State Capitol – WHAT: A tour of the Oklahoma State Capitol is a must for any history buff. It is the only capitol with a working oil well on its grounds. WHERE: NE 23rd & Lincoln Blvd., OKC. COST: Free. WHEN: Open daily 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. Hourly tours. CONTACT: (405)521-3356
State Museum of History – WHAT: Just across the street from the State Capitol, the State Museum of History presents a comprehensive historical overview of Oklahoma, from prehistoric times to oil field wildcatters to the space program. Interpretive exhibits, artifacts, original art, and special weekend programs provide an entertaining and informative experience. Unique exhibits include an original bison hide teepee, a Civil War cannon, and wagon used in two land runs, Native American murals, historic quilts, and much more. WHERE: 2100 N. Lincoln Blvd., OKC. COST: Free. WHEN: Mon. – Sat. 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. CONTACT: 521-2491
State Capital Publishing Museum — 301 West Harrison, Guthrie, OK. The museum is located in the historic State Capital Publishing Company building
Tallgrass Prairie Preserve – WHAT: largest protected remnant of tallgrass prairie left on earth. WHEN: Call. WHERE: Between Bartlesville and Pawhuska. From downtown Pawhuska, drive north on Kiheka at the intersection of Highway 60 (at the corner of the triangle-shaped building), follow signs to the Preserve headquarters (approx.18 miles). COST: None. AGES: All. CONTACT: (918) 287 4803 http://nature.org/wherewework/northamerica/states/oklahoma/preserves/tallgrass.html
T. B. Ferguson House – WHAT: Home of Oklahoma Territorial Gov. T.B. Ferguson and the temporary home of Edna Ferber while preparing to write “Cimarron” novel. WHEN: Wednesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. WHERE: 510 N. Weigel, Watonga, OK. Near downtown on Weigel in Watonga, COST: Free. CONTACT: 580-623-5069The home of Oklahoma Territorial Gov. T.B. Ferguson.
Thomas Foreman Historical Home 1419 W Okmulgee St. Muskogee, OK, 74401. P: (918) 682-6938. 1898 home of Judge John R. Thomas, historian Carolyn Thomas Foreman, and historian Grant Foreman. – House is open by appointment.
Three Rivers Museum of Muskogee, Inc. 220 Elgin Muskogee, OK. tel:(918)686-6624. Three Rivers Museum is dedicated to preserving the history and heritage of the Three Rivers or Three Forks area in Eastern Oklahoma where the Arkansas, Grand, and Verdigris Rivers meet. The museum is located in the restored Midland Valley Railroad Depot in Muskogee, the Indian Nations capital of northeastern Oklahoma.
Tom Mix Museum (http://www.okhistory.org/mus-sites/masnum31.htm) WHAT: Contains a display of Mix’s costumes, memorabilia, photographs and some of his personal property. A life-sized replica of Tony greets you as you enter the museum. Silent movies, starring Mix, can be viewed at the theater in the museum. The museum houses items from Tom Mix’s personal collection, providing a glimpse into the life of one of Oklahoma’s most colorful figures. Tom Mix’s movie career spanned 26 years from 1909 through 1935. Tom Mix’s movies were famous for quick action and daredevil stunts. Tom and Tony, his horse, performed their own stunts. Tom was a superb athlete and kept himself in good physical condition. He pioneered many of the early movie stunts. No trick cameras or fake scenes were used because of the limited shooting budgets. WHEN: Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. WHERE: 721 N. Delaware, Dewey, OK. AGES: All. COST: Donation. CONTACT: 918-534-1555
Tulsa Underground – WHAT: Underground tunnels connecting some of downtown Tulsa’s oldest and most interesting buildings. The tunnels were built by Waite Phillips and are said to have been used to avoid kidnapping, transport alcoholic beverages during prohibition, and transport money from a large vault under the Bank of Oklahoma building. WHEN & WHERE: Tours are given on the last Friday of each month. Call for reservations & directions. COST: FREE. AGES: For adults only. Children not permitted because of passing through businesses. CONTACT: To arrange a large tour contact the Tulsa Historical Society at 712-9484.
USS Batfish and Muskogee War Memorial Park (918) 682-6294 The Main attraction of the War Memorial Park is USS BATFISH submarine. Launched in 1943, her record earned her a variety of citations for honor. Special Collections and Exhibits: The War Memorial Park Museum is in a small building; however, it contains many items related to the USS BATFISH, other submarines, and World War 2 in general, including battle flags, photographs, artifacts, models, and other interesting items.
W.T. Foreman Prairie House — 814 W. Oak, Duncan, OK. The W. T. Foreman house is important both historically and architecturally.
Will Rogers Memorial Museum – WHAT: A museum dedicated to remembering Will Rogers. Artifacts, memorabilia, saddle collection, and photographs and manuscripts depicting his career as a trick roper. WHEN: Year around – see website. WHERE: 1720 West Will Rogers Blvd., Claremore. COST: Donation requested, AGES: All, CONTACT: 918-341-0719
Woolaroc – WHEN: Open Tuesday thru Sunday, Closed Monday, all year 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. WHERE: South of Bartlesville. Call for directions. AGES: All. COST: Adult $5.00, Children under age 12 (except special events) Free, Annual Season Pass $15.00. CONTACT: 918-336-0307. WHAT: Founded by Frank Phillips, Woolaroc is a wildlife preserve, a museum, and a nature trail. The Wildlife Preserve contains 3600 acres which is home to 700 animals and birds. Nature trails include the Northroad Tour which is five miles of scenic adventures through wildlife, the Oil Patch (history of the oil industry in OK), and the 1840s Trader’s Camp. The museum includes western art paintings of Frederic Remington, Charles Russell, Thomas Moran, and more; Indian artifacts from 40 different tribes; and gun collections
Woolaroc Encampment. WHEN: October 1st and 2nd. 10:00 am to 4:30 pm. WHERE: Woolaroc, South of Bartlesville. AGES: All. COST: Free. CONTACT: Carol Foust at 918-336-0307. Visit the living teepee and experience Mountain Man life on the banks of Bison Lake. (Circa 1840). The children will be able to go to different tents and talk to the “campers” to find out how clothes were made of tanned skins, wood was fuel chopped with a tomahawk, and firearms used black powder and was loaded one shot at a time. Bring your own lunches or purchase from snack bars at Woolaroc. Call if bringing a large group so they can prepare for you. https://www.woolaroc.org/fall-traders-encampment-event-details_167