The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (1700 NE 63rd St.)
When to visit: Open 10 am to 5 pm
Cost: $12.50 adults, $5.75 kids
Time needed: 45-60 minutes
Yeehaw! I love that the Cowboy Museum is a real thing. As you might expect, the museum covers everything about cowboys, the wild west, and anything else that can even remotely be described as “western.”
Like Abraham Lincoln.
The Honest Abe statue is in recognition of his status as a “western president” who encouraged Americans to move west and settle the frontier lands.
Elsewhere, the museum features a lot of sights that make a bit more sense. Like cattle branding irons. The J Cross E brand is cool. The Quien Sabe Mexican brand is aesthetically pleasing in terms of its contours and lines, although it does seem a little too close to the infamous logo of a certain genocidal regime.
There’s a rodeo section with statues and displays, including a video presentation narrated by one Miss Reba McEntire. I’ve never gotten the appeal of rodeo, but if Reba stands behind it, I’ll going along.
Another big part of cowboy and farm life is the barbed wire fence. This exhibit – let’s go ahead and call it interactive, since you can touch the barbs yourself if you dare – features several different types of barbs from over the years.
Don’t forget about those spurs!
The museum also serves up a dash of cowboy realness with its displays of cowboy gear, attire and accessories. It’s all here – chaps, hats, jackets, and ropes.
The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is located in Oklahoma City. It’s an interesting opportunity to step into a world many of us don’t get to visit often.
UPDATE: In 2020, during times of social distancing, this museum allegedly put an adorably clueless old guy in charge of its Twitter account. Read the story here.