Since this was our first real visit to Oklahoma City we decided to see a few of the museums. The Oklahoma History Center is Oklahoma’s official state museum. Native American cultures, the land rush and other important historical events are covered but there are so many different subjects crowded into a few small areas that it’s a bit confusing.
A paved walkway along the southern edge of museum property is planted with native trees, bushes, flowers and grasses. Informative signs and sculptures are located along the walk. Equipment used in the oil and gas industry is displayed in a small park.
The museum is accessible.
The parking lot is large enough for any RV. It’s a short walk from the lot to the Capitol building which is opened for free tours seven days a week.
The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum displays are divided between western art galleries and exhibits about the history of the west – cowboys, Native Americans, ranching, forts, rodeos and movies. It’s very easy to miss entire sections of the museum so check the map carefully. Don’t miss the small garden outside which has paved paths and sculptures.
The museum is accessible. The parking lot is large enough for any RV.
The Oklahoma City Museum of Art is fairly small featuring traveling exhibit galleries and rotating exhibits of the museum’s collections which includes a wonderful collection of Dale Chihuly’s glasswork.
The museum is accessible. Parking on the street is limited.
Myriad Botanical Gardens is a very pretty little city park with a conservatory in a bridge. The gardens are free but the bridge is $8.00 which is high considering the small size of the conservatory. We used our garden pass so we didn’t have to pay.
The gardens are accessible. The top level of the conservatory is accessed by an elevator which is a little hard to find.
We found a good free two hour parking on both sides of South Harvey Ave. across the street from the garden. The art museum is only 1/2 mile away so it’s an easy walk. It’s also possible to walk to the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Bricktown from this spot. The two hour parking limit doesn’t seem to be enforced.