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When visiting Oklahoma City, there is no better place to learn about the nation’s heritage than the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. The Museum is a grand facility—attracting more than 11 million visitors from around the world with comprehensive exhibits of art and artifacts.

Thinking of a visit? It’s easy. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and accessible from all parts of the city. Nestled just west of the junction of I-35 with I-44, the Museum is part of Oklahoma City’s vibrant Adventure District, www.okcadventure.com

You can catch the high points of the museum in as little as an hour, but two hours is better and many visitors spend the day. One of the most common guest responses has to do with the size of the complex: “I had no idea it is so large!” The 220,000 square foot building houses galleries devoted to the American cowboy, rodeo, firearms, Western performers and more. One of the most popular features Native American history and culture, and several galleries are devoted to Western and Native American art. Other popular areas are Prosperity Junction, a replica frontier town, the Children’s Cowboy Corral where youthful visitors can explore aspects of the West, and beautiful gardens with art and monuments.

When you’re ready for lunch, it is as simple as strolling to the east wing of the museum where Dining on Persimmon Hill serves a daily buffet of soups, salads, entrees and desserts with great natural lighting and a view overlooking the gardens. Enjoy the buffet daily or sample the full menu Monday through Saturday. The desserts alone are worth a stop. The restaurant serves from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily.

If shopping is your passion, The Museum Store is a destination itself. Native American-made jewelry, apparel, art, housewares, old-fashioned candy await. Come for the Oklahoma-themed merchandise and souvenirs. The store is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. For online shopping, visit store.nationalcowboymuseum.org.

Check the museum’s website for information on special exhibitions and events, festivals and diverse educational activities. The most popular is the Chuck Wagon Gathering & Children’s Cowboy Festival held each Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day weekend in late May.

Nationally accredited, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is located in Oklahoma City's Adventure District at the junction of I-44 and I-35. The Museum is open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (405) 478-2250 or visit www.nationalcowboymuseum.org.





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