© Natl. Cowboy & Western Heritage Mus. "The End of the Trail" by James Earle Fraser at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.

Family Vacations in Oklahoma: National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

Much of this enormous complex in Oklahoma City is devoted to Western-themed artwork of the highest caliber. It also has a number of exhibits that are particularly engaging to children.

At the Children's Cowboy Corral, kids can dress up in authentic chaps, boots, spurs, and vests, and hit the trail on make-believe ponies. They'll enjoy listening to a resident cowhand talk and sing about life on the range; for a taste of life on the trail, they can help build a campfire and fix some grub at an authentic chuck wagon.

After a long day of herding cattle, it's time for a trip to Prosperity Junction, the museum's turn-of-the-century cattle town. The streets are lively with music from the saloon's tinny piano, and visitors can wander in and out of the many buildings, including Prosperity's church.

The museum's exhibits span a wide range of Wild West material. Older children will enjoy the assortment of firearms in the Weitzenhoffer Fine Arms Gallery. The American Rodeo Gallery celebrates the history, people, and events of the sport that made the Wild West famous.

In the American Cowboy Gallery, you'll find a wealth of information about this icon of the West. Exhibits include an impressive collection of cowboy hats, clothing, and a display of branding tools.

Once you've toured the museum, step outside and enjoy the beautifully landscaped grounds where children can stretch their legs. Shady walkways and a plaza provide a lovely place to relax while the kids check out the lily

pond that has been stocked with exotic fish.

Continue reading to learn about the Woodie Guthrie Folk Festival.

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum Information

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum Information

Address: 751 Erieside Ave., Oklahoma City, OK

Telephone: 405/478-2250

Hours of Operation: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., daily

Admission: $8.50 adults; $4 kids

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