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OKLAHOMA HISTORY CENTER Visit Website

800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive, Oklahoma City, OK  73105   405-522-0765   okhc@okhistory.org

Collecting, preserving, and sharing Oklahoma history

An architectural masterpiece, a decade in the making, the Oklahoma History Center is an 18-acre, 215,000 square-foot learning center exploring Oklahoma’s unique history of geology, transportation, commerce, culture, aviation, heritage and more.

The Oklahoma History Center is conveniently located on the northeast corner of N.E. 23rd & Lincoln Boulevard, across the street from the Governor's Mansion. Motor coach parking is available, and the Center offers food and beverages at the Winnie Mae Café on the third floor.

History of Oklahoma History Center

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Hours & Admission
Museum Hours
Monday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Days Closed: Sundays, New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day
Research Center Hours
Monday - Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
First Monday of the month 10:00 a.m. to 7:45 p.m.
Days Closed: Sundays and all state holidays.
Admission
Adults: $7
Seniors (age 62+): $5
Students: $4
Children (5 & Under): Free
Family: $18.00
Veterans and Active Duty Military: Free
OHS Members: Free
Group Rate (10+): $5 per person
Discounts for OMA, AAM, Time Travelers network, Smithsonian Institute and Affiliate Members

The Oklahoma Historical Society was founded in 1893 by members of the Oklahoma Territory Press Association. In 1918 OHS was relocated to the State Capitol, and in 1930 moved to the Wiley Post building. Over the years OHS has developed numerous collections and programs and now has 35 museums and historic sites statewide.
In 2005 came the opening of the Oklahoma History Center, with world-class museum exhibits and a state of the art Research Center.

As an example of the exhibits we offer.........
The Oklahoma Land Run
A gunshot fired. A cannon roared. Horses startled and wagons sprang to life. On April 22, 1889, settlers flooded into the region of central Oklahoma known as the Unassigned Lands. President Benjamin Harrison signed a proclamation on March 23, 1889, opening the land and people came from across the country to claim it. According to the Homestead Act of 1862, if a settler could stay on the land he claimed for five years and improve it, it would be his free and clear. Some people were very excited about the 1889 Land Run and were ready to try to make a new life in Oklahoma Territory. There were people, however, who did not want new settlers to come into the territory.
This exhibit will show the 1889 Land Run from the perspectives of five different players: David Payne, leader of the Boomer movement; Lew Carroll, a settler who came to stake a claim but was unsuccessful until a later Land Run; American Indians who were placed on agencies and whose land was allotted and taken from traditional communal control to create the Unassigned Lands; Elias Boudinot, a Cherokee man who welcomed white settlers for his own economic gain; and the women who had to set up households on the prairies using little but what they had in their wagons or strapped to their horses.

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