American Banjo Museum
9 E. Sheridan • 604-2793
The American Banjo Museum is a $5 million, world-class 21,000 square foot facility honoring the rich history, vibrant spirit and unlimited future of the banjo. The museum contains more than 300 instruments, the largest collection on public display in the world. Examples include replicas of primitive banjos developed by African slaves in the Old South, Minstrel Age instruments from 19th century, post WWII instruments used in bluegrass, folk and world music, and museum’s core collection of ornately decorated banjos made in America during the Jazz Age of the 1920’s and 30s. Hours: Tues-Sat 11-6 Sun 12-5. Admission: Adults $6; Seniors (55+), Students $5; Youth (5-17) $4; Children (under 5) Free; Family (2 adults-2 children) $15
Myriad Botanical Gardens
301 W. Reno - 297-3995
The Myriad Botanical Gardens is a 17-acre oasis in the heart of downtown. The centerpiece of the gardens is the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory, featuring over 2,000 fascinating species of palm trees, flowers and exotic plants from across the globe. Hours: Mon-Sat 9-5; Sun 11-5 (Sun 11-7, June 1-Labor Day). Admission to Crystal Bridge: $7 for adults; $6 for students, active military and seniors 62+; $4 for children 4-12. Discount for groups of 20+. Admission is free for children 3 and under. Outdoor grounds: Free.
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd • 478-2250
The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum preserves the rugged individualism and romantic spirit of the frontier. This popular visitor attraction features a superlative collection of classic and contemporary Western art, including works by Charles Russell, Frederic Remington, and the famous 18-foot sculpture, The End of the Trail. New historical galleries include the American Cowboy Gallery, the American Rodeo Gallery, Western Performer’s Gallery and Prosperity Junction, a re-created authentic western town. Visitors of all ages enjoy an adventure into the Old West at this national memorial to the American cowboy. Hours: Open 10-5 7 days a week except Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Years Day. Admission: adults $12.50, seniors and students $9.75, children ages 4-12 $5.75, children 3 and under free.
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Drive • 236-3100
The Museum of Art in the Donald W. Reynolds Visual Arts Center is a 110,000 sq. ft. facility featuring 15 exhibition galleries, an education center, a 250-seat theater, cafe, store and library/resource center. Programs include world-class traveling exhibitions, comprehensive film programs and a variety of family activities. The commissioned 55 ft. signature sculpture by world renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly serves as a beacon for the museum and downtown. Hours: Tues-Sat 10-5; Thurs 10-9; Sun 12-5. Admission: Adults $12; Senior (62+) Students and Children $10; Children under 5 Free.
Oklahoma History Center
800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive • 522-0754
The past comes alive at the Oklahoma History Center, Oklahoma’s state museum of history. Discover the people and stories that make Oklahoma truly unique. From oil and gas to aviation, from the Dust Bowl to space exploration, from tornadoes to the Land Run, from Native American Indians to Route 66, there’s a story of triumph and tragedy, hope and heartache, famous and infamous around every corner. Conveniently located in the Capital Complex, the museum is adjacent to the State Capitol and the Governor’s Mansion, both within easy driving or walking distance. Hours: Mon-Sat 10 to 5. Admission is $7 for adults; $5 for seniors; $4 for students.
Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum
620 N Harvey • 235-3313
The Museum, housed in the historic Journal Record Building that was damaged by the blast, is adjacent to the symbolic memorial, provides visitors with an experience beyond what they see at the memorial monument. The storyline is presented in ten chapters beginning in Oklahoma City the morning of the bombing, the moments immediately following the blast, through the 16 days of rescue and recovery, and to the rebuilding of Oklahoma City. The story is told through exhibits and recorded narratives from victims’ family members, survivors, rescue workers and others. Hours: Open seven days a week, Mon – Sat, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sun, Noon -6 p..m Ticket sales stop daily at 5 p.m. Admission: $12 Adults, $10 Seniors 62+, Military with ID and Students (Age 6 through college with ID), 5 and under free.
Oklahoma City Zoo
2101 NE 50th • 424-3344
Come on, the wild is calling! One of the top three family-friendly zoos in the nation, the Zoo features a diverse and fascinating animal and plant collection. Children and adults alike will enjoy world class habitats including Great EscApe, Cat Forest/Lion Overlook, Oklahoma Trails and the new elephant habitat. The Children’s Zoo allows kids of all ages the opportunity to explore the wonders of nature through play plus interactions with barnyard animals and the ever-popular lorikeets! Located at the crossroads of I-44 and I-35, in the heart of Oklahoma City’s Adventure District the Zoo is open everyday except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Adult admission (12-64) $8; Children (3-11) and seniors (65+) $5; Children 2 and under free.
Science Museum Oklahoma
2020 Remington Place • 602-6664
The state’s premier destination for family fun, Science Museum Oklahoma houses over eight acres of hands-on science experiences. Experience the 20,000-square-foot CurioCity, the excitement of live entertainment shows, a newly renovated Science Floor, Planetarium shows, the explosive fun of Science Live and much more. The museum provides a safe environment for letting your inner-child run wild. Museum Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon-Fri; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. General Admission: Adults (13-64) $15.95; Seniors (65+) $12.95; Children (3-12) $12.95. Complimentary admission for children 2 and younger. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.