Sunday, February 12, 2012

Oklahoma City and the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum

We had our usual shakey night's sleep so we got a good start on the day for Oklahoma City. We decided we had enough time to make it to the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. This is a terrific museum on the outskirts of OKC. Upon entering you are greeted by a cowboy who explains the layout of the museum and some of the rules. There is a great art gallery with huge paintings of the iconic landscapes of the west as well as works showing the daily life of cowboys and Native Americans. Of course there is a room dedicated to Remington too. No photos allowed in the gallery.

But there are a number of rooms with a wide variety of exhibits showing different aspects of western life, such as the rodeo, driving cattle and the U.S. Army in the west. One room has tons of artifacts of cowboys in entertainment. That was a lot of fun. Here are Matt and Miss Kitty

In the main entry way is a huge sculpture called End of the Trail that depicts a tired warrior either exhausted from a day on trail or resigning himself to the end of the trail for his way of life.

Well worth getting up early and hitting the road to make it before closing. BTW, they do sort of shoo you out at 5pm when the museum closes.

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