Oklahoma City Museums
In 1996 a merger of three museums took place: the Omniplex Science Museum, the Oklahoma Air and Space Museum and the Kirkpatrick Center. Today the group of three museums is now called Omniplex, which is considered to be among the largest and prestigious museums in the nation. Omniplex contains numerous interactive exhibits, educational displays, a planetarium and more.
The International Gymnastics Hall of Fame is dedicated to honoring the world's greatest athletes in gymnastics. Some of the inductees to the Hall of Fame include Olympic gymnasts such as Nadia Comenici, Shannon Miller and others. A watercolor protrait of each inductee is on display, as well as memorabilia, uniforms and other items.
45th Infantry Division Museum
Delineating the history of Oklahoma from the early times to the present, the 45th Infantry Museum houses a great deal of memorabilia, artifacts and recreated scenes. Numerous military vehicles, aircraft and artillery can be viewed in the outdoor portion of the museum.
Oklahoma Firefighters Museum
Established in 1968, the Oklahoma Firefighters Museum serves to honor all Oklahoma firefighters that have served in the past and in the present. Many turn-of-the-century Oklahoma fire engines are housed within the museum.
Red Earth Museum
The Red Earth Museum is part of the Native American Center. Since the establishment of the center in 1978, the museum has been dedicated to showcasing American Indian arts.
National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Museum
The National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Museum was created as a memorial to all the pioneers of the west in 1965. The museum houses many exhibits including 'Prosperity Junction' (a large recreation of a western town), the American Rodeo Gallery, American Cowboy Gallery and the Western Entertainment Gallery. Many artifacts and Western artworks are also on display.
The Oklahoma City Art Museum
The Oklahoma City Art Museum contains a collection of more than 3,000 works of 19th and 20th century American Art. Some of the artists include Ellsworth Kelly and Richard Diebenkorn. The museum also hosts a number of changing exhibits.
Oklahoma City National Memorial and Memorial Center Museum
The Oklahoma City National Memorial stands in remembrance of the 168 people lost during the bombing of the Alfred P Murrah Federal Building on April 19, 1995. The symbolic outdoor memorial is open 24 hours a day year round. Tours of the grounds are available. The Memorial Center holds hundreds of archives left at the memorial by children and adults, with items ranging from puppets and ethnic crafts to t-shirts and hats.