Quirky Attraction: The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City

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Statue outside the Cowboy Museum Oklahoma City.

 

The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
Location
: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (1700 NE 63rd St.)
When to visit: Open 10 am to 5 pm (Noon to 5 pm on Sundays)
Cost: $12.50 adults, $5.75 kids
Time needed: 45-60 minutes
Website: http://nationalcowboymuseum.org

Yeehaw! I love that the Cowboy Museum in Oklahoma City 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.

Wait, what?

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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. I’ve never heard Abe described as a western president, but I will not object to any Abe Lincoln statue!

Sights From the Cowboy Museum Oklahoma

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.

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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 (although I did visit the Greeley Stampede once), but if Reba stands behind it, I’ll go 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.

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Don’t forget about those spurs!

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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.

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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.

National Cowboy Museum Hours and Ticket Prices

As of this writing, the National Cowboy Museum in Oklahoma City is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm Monday through Saturday, and noon through 5 pm on Sunday.

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It’s located on NE 63rd Street, which is a little bit away from the heart of the city. So you’ll need to drive if you plan on visiting other OKC attractions like the Osteology Skeleton Museum or the American Banjo Museum.

Tickets currently go for $12.50 for adults and $5.75 for kids, which is a pretty good deal. Skip down to the next section if you’re looking for discount coupons to take that price even lower. Kids under 5 always get in for free.

Expect to need at least 45 minutes to fully experience the Cowboy Museum in Oklahoma City, maybe longer if you’re really eager to read each of the displays. There’s a sizable parking lot here so you can park for free with no problems.

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You can sometimes find Cowboy Museum coupons to lower your cost even more!

Are There Any Cowboy Museum Oklahoma City Coupons?

There are a few locations where you can sometimes find Cowboy Museum Oklahoma City coupons. Start with Groupon, which occasionally runs a deal offering a two admissions for a total cost of around $13, or about 50% off. What a great coupon!

If that deal is not currently available as you read this, visitokc.com has a modest coupon on its website that gives everyone $2 off admission. Two bucks is better than nothing! This coupon requires you to go old-school – you have to print it out and take it to the museum.

A $2 discount can especially save a lot of money if you’re traveling with a group. This Cowboy Museum coupon doesn’t specifically state whether it can be used for more than one person, so you may have to print it multiple times to get multiple uses.

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.

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Scott Shetler is a Seattle-based freelance writer & fan of indie rock, road trips, ice cream, squirrels on power lines, runaway shopping carts, and six-way intersections. Some posts on this site contain affiliate links, which may earn me a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you make a purchase.

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  1. We spent 1/2 a day in OKC but went to the bombing memorial, which was extremely moving. It seemed like a city worth a revisit one day and maybe we can make it to see the cowboys!

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