Oklahoma City has many great amenities for families. From outdoor adventure to exploring downtown and all of the unique districts. It also has a wide range of museums, with something for everyone. It’s a great destination for families for a vacation or an adventure schooling journey. Here are six of the best museums in Oklahoma City, along with a really fun bonus spot to check out. This post contains affiliate links.

Science Museum Oklahoma.

This amazing science museum is one of the best museums in Oklahoma City. Science Museum Oklahoma is also one of the largest science museums in the nation at almost 400,000 square feet! It’s fantastic for families with kids of all ages. The 20,000 square foot “CurioCity” village is charming and so much fun. There are hands on learning opportunities everywhere! The smART space galleries have rotating exhibits. We loved the Mirror Maze, the Aviation wing, and the Light Mind rooms. Plan to spend a full day at this incredible museum. There is a restaurant and gift shop on site. It’s an ASTC member museum and they participate in the passport program.

  • Admission is $20.95 for ages 13 to 64.
  • $15.95 for children ages 3 to 12 (under 3 is free).
  • Seniors (65+) are $15.95.
  • Monday to Friday 9 AM to 5 PM.
  • Saturday 9 AM to 6 PM.
  • Sunday 11 AM to 6 PM.

National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum.

This museum is one of the best museums in Oklahoma City and a must see for people of all ages. The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum is home to the country’s largest collection of Western art, culture, and history. This unique museum actually has several experiences all in one campus. One section has a complete history of the rodeo along with the largest collection of rodeo photographs and memorabilia. The Western art galleries are expansive and include a variety of mediums. Outside, the experience continues with beautiful grounds, sculptures, memorials, and a walk through history section that includes multiple examples of Indigenous home structures, along with a replica of an old West town. Plan to spend at least half a day at this museum, which is very close to the science museum.

  • Admission is $15 for adults.
  • Admission is $5 for children age 6 – 12, under 6 is free.
  • Students are $10 with a valid ID.
  • Monday to Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM.
  • Sunday 12 PM – 5 PM.

Oklahoma City Museum of Art.

In our family, we love art museums and the Oklahoma City Museum of Art is one of our favorites. It’s easy to see why this is one of the best museums in Oklahoma City. One of the coolest features is the massive, multi-floor, Chihuly glass sculpture that greets you when you walk in. Not only that, OKCMOA has an entire collection dedicated to the glass artist. The museum is truly great for all ages and we also enjoyed the Discovery Packs. The packs included hands on learning ideas, activities, and great ways to keep younger kids involved. Additionally, sensory booster packs are available and these packs are all free of charge! On your way out, check out the museum store and cafe for fun treats and gifts. Plan to spend at least a few hours at this museum.

  • Admission is $16.95 for adults.
  • Free admission for age 17 and under.
  • The museum is a Blue Star Museum.
  • Wednesdays , Fridays, and Saturdays from 10 AM to 5 PM.
  • Thursdays from 10 AM to 8 PM.
  • Sundays from 12 PM to 5 PM.
  • Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

Best Museums in Oklahoma City: First Americans Museum.

This new museum is a must see when you visit Oklahoma City. It is stunningly beautiful and a powerful experience, suitable for all ages. I would recommend preparing children by studying accurate US history prior to exploring this museum, or at the very least having some conversations about the injustices of the Indian Removal Act and the Trail of Tears. Due to those events, 39 different tribes now call Oklahoma home. The First Americans Museum is an incredibly powerful and educational experience for children and adults alike. It’s full of beautiful and enthralling storytelling, immersive learning experiences, and poignant displays, and a restaurant and gift shop. In the future, the museum will have a section for younger children that brings a pop up storybook to life where you can walk through the story. Plan to spend at least two hours at this museum.

  • Admission for adults is $15.
  • Admission for Tribal members, Military, Seniors and Students is $10.
  • Admission for youth age 4-12 is $5, under 4 is free.
  • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 10 AM to 5 PM.
  • Saturday and Sunday 11 AM to 5 PM.
  • Closed Tuesdays.

Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum.

Not all history is pleasant or easy to learn about, but it is important to learn about. The Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum is one of those places. The museum is done very well and addresses the traumatic events in a way that is honoring to the victims of the story. A note: I would not recommend this museum for young children. My daughter was 9 at the time and still wanted me to cover her eyes as we walked through parts of the museum. The experience is quite haunting as you listen to the actual recorded voices from a court proceeding across the street. You progress through the museum on a timeline and then subsequent investigation. A note: there are images with the immediate aftermath which can be scary for young children. Make sure you leave time to also walk the memorial grounds outside. Since it is a National Memorial you can also get a stamp for your National Parks passport book.

American Banjo Museum.

We had no idea there were so many types of banjos in existence! This museum is one of the best museums in Oklahoma City for unique history learning opportunity. The American Banjo Museum begins with a dive into the accurate history of where the banjo and banjo style music came from, then walks you through a history timeline before you explore the two floors of banjos. There are so many intricate and beautiful designs, we had a hard time choosing a favorite. One really fun thing is the music lab they have on your way out, where you can try to play a few different banjos. We had a really great time at this museum and I’d recommend setting aside an hour to two hours to explore it. It’s located downtown.

  • Admission for adults is $8.
  • Admission for youth ages 7 to 17 is $6
  • They have a family deal (2 adults and 2 kids) for $15.
  • Military is $5, Seniors (55+) are $7.
  • Tuesday to Saturday 11 AM to 6 PM.
  • Sunday 12 PM to 5 PM.

The Toy and Action Figure Museum.

This quirky and fun walk down memory lane is actually in Paul’s Valley, Oklahoma. It’s about an hours drive south but still one of the best museums in Oklahoma City. The Toy and Action Figure Museum is in the charming downtown and is fun for all ages. The iconic “collector’s bedroom” display is a fun photo op while you see how many toys you recognize from your own childhood. Our personal favorite room was the Star Wars cave in the back, complete with the legendary Lego Millennium Falcon set.

  • Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for kids age 12 and under.
  • Wednesday to Saturday 10 AM to 4:45 PM.
  • Sunday 1 PM to 4:45 PM.
  • Be sure to try and get a tour with the museum owner if you can!

Why visit museums?

In our family, we believe that education is a life long pursuit. We want to model that for our children by continuing our own education with immersive and unique learning opportunities that deepen and expand our knowledge. Museums are a great way to do that. A tip for families who also love adventure and travel: here are the best memberships for families that help us keep exploring and learning as we travel. Thanks for reading and I hope you get a chance to experience some of these best museums in Oklahoma City!

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About the author.

Nichole is a writer, content creator, and family travel and adventure influencer residing in southwest Arkansas. Though her and her husband (Ryan) are originally from the midwest, they’ve lived in Arkansas for ten years now and are thrilled to call it home. They have homeschooled their children from the beginning of their educational journey. They have a now 12 year old son and 10 year old daughter, along with a one year Direwolf Dog puppy named Levi. Nichole is an avid outdoor adventurer and road tripper and has been taking her kids on adventures by herself since they were infants, it’s all part of what she calls being responsibly brave. She is also on the Executive Team for Run Wild My Child and has contributed to Wild and Free. Be sure to follow her on Instagram and Facebook to stay up to date with all of their shenanigans.