1015 North Highway 81
Duncan, OK 73533
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Arts & Museums
Kell House Museum was the home of Frank Kell and his family from 1910 to 1980. It was bought by the Wichita County Heritage Society who turned into a museum in 1981. This historical landmark is neo-classical structure with original furnishings, textiles, decorative arts and period clothing, it gives a wonderful insight into an era gone by. It is a nice way to learn the history of Wichita Falls in the former residence of one of the city's pioneers.
You will see more than six million specimens of Oklahoma's natural treasures at this museum. It is the largest university-based museum in the country. There is a 95-foot-long and 26-foot-tall Apatosaurus, which is the world's largest. There is also a 10-foot-tall skull of a Pentaceratops. This is something that would impress your 10-year-old. There is even a hands-on room. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children 6-17, $4 for seniors, and OU faculty and staff. Free for children under five and OU students.
This gallery on the University of Oklahoma campus has become well known in art circles for its fine collections. The space is open and very minimalist; nice lighting and unobtrusive beige walls allow viewers to focus on the pieces and not on the environment. Four main collections are housed here: contemporary, the Oscar Jacobson American Indian Art Collection, the Oklahoma State Department collection, and the Santa Fe Indian School. There are also special exhibits held throughout the year to display traveling collections. Closed on Mondays.
The Firehouse is a popular gallery found in Norman, located about 45 minutes south of Oklahoma City. The gift shop is a perfect place to pick up a souvenir or present. All sorts of items are available, from delicate glassware and framed prints to coffee mugs and T-shirts. If you would like to try your hand at creating a masterwork, check out the gallery's instruction classes. There are classes for every age, all reasonably priced. Admission to the gallery is free.
Mainsite Contemporary Art is the home of the Norman Arts Council. Launched in 1999, this gallery is dedicated to contemporary work. It features a schedule of thought-provoking exhibitions and cultural events throughout the year. Some of the artists whose collections have been showcased here include Dylan Bradway, Haze Diedrich, David Crimson and The Dirty Fabulous.
Cleveland County, home to Norman, Oklahoma and its Sooners, has a rich frontier history. This home, constructed in 1900 and now on the National Register of Historical Places, has been preserved by the city to serve as a living museum. As visitors explore the house, they will find exhibits detailing county history from the Land Run to Oklahoma statehood. The architectural style is Queen Anne, and rooms are furnished with period antiques and stained-glass windows. This is a wonderful attraction for both history and architecture or interior design buffs. Admission is free.
McSwain Theatre is one the best live entertainment venues in Oklahoma. For over nine decades, it has been at the forefront of performing arts with an array of cultural events hosted here. From stage productions, music concerts and comedy shows, leading local and international artists have take centerstage at this historic venue. Live performances across genres include country, rock, gospel and more, that make it a favorite among musicians and music lovers alike.
Spanning across 5000 square feet (464.51 square meters) the Ninety-Nines Museum of Women Pilots tells the story of women in flight. This one-of-a-kind museum is located at the Will Rogers World Airport and is run under the auspices of the Ninety-Nines International Organization of Women Pilots which was spearheaded by Amelia Earhart in 1931. From mementos, exhibits to aviatrix artifacts, it has the largest collection of its kind in the world. The museum also has a display of Amelia Earhart's personal belongings and it is a place full of intriguing and historical wonder for people of all ages, regardless if you are interested in aviation or not.
The only skeleton museum in the United States, the Museum of Osteology is a great place for people of all ages to learn about phlanges, metatarsals and carpals. With over 400 skulls and 300 complete skeletons on display, the museum makes learning about the natural world fun and a little macabre all at the same time. Visitors can enjoy some hands-on learning at the Explorers Corner, where you can handle bones from various North American mammalian species. On your way out, the gift shop is a great place to get someone something unique.
Known as the City Arts Center when it was founded by philanthropists John and Eleanor Kirkpatrick in 1989, the renamed Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center features two art spaces, the Eleanor Kirkpatrick Gallery and Circle Gallery, respectively. The former eponymous gallery hosts rotating exhibits and the latter more mixed-media art such as interactive, digital and multi-sensory presentations. Additionally, the focus of the center is not only on art, here the artists offer classes and workshops on painting, two-dimensional studio arts, pottery in addition to many more interesting artistic pursuits. Since the center is a non-profit organization, admission is free, but there is a nominal fee for the classes. Check website for event calendar and schedule of courses.
This great gallery is more like a collaborative workspace for artists of all types. Individual Artists of Oklahoma (IAO) emphasizes experimental art (either subject matter or technique) that is also socially relevant to those living in the state. Up-and-coming artists, as well as established professionals create and play here and have most of their works on display. IAO features all forms of art, including poetry, music, performance, sound, installation, photography, video, and much more. Entry is free.
Another unique attraction found only in Oklahoma, this museum celebrates the delicate skill of hand-painting china. On display are some of the finest porcelain pieces in the country. There are five rooms, each with its own theme like Victorian, holiday, and antique. In addition to china collection exhibits, the museum houses a library and classrooms where visitors can study painting techniques. The museum gift shop sells works donated by the organization's members. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.