We’re excited that some tourism sites are reopening soon, including the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. Like many of you, we’ve been cooped up in the house for the past two months. A weekly trip to the grocery store or a walk around the block is as much as we get out. Our only travel excitement has been taking the long way home after dropping mail in the box at the post office.
Now that the weather is finally warming up here in Illinois, we’re taking longer walks along park trails, and the itch to travel has hit us hard. Fortunately, states are beginning to reopen, some faster than others. While Illinois remains largely closed, Oklahoma is well on its way to reopening—with proper health safety precautions. The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, one of our favorite Oklahoma museums, is scheduled to reopen the latter part of May.
Thank you to the Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau for providing complimentary entrance to the museum.
Tim the Cowboy
You may be familiar with the Twitter feed of The Cowboy Museum. It went viral as Tim Tiller, head of security for the museum, took over social medial posts during the Covid-19 museum closure. His hilarious but also informative feeds have kept us entertained during shelter-in-place mandates. (Check out the Twitter feed at @ncwhm or the hashtag #HashtagTheCowboy.)
Now that the museum will be reopening, you can see in person those exhibits that Tim has been showing off. We visited the museum a few years ago but were on a time crunch so had limited time there. We’d love to go back and explore it more in-depth, even take time to watch some of the western films that play in the museum theater. We’re especially anxious to see the brand new Liichokoshkomo’ exhibit.
New Outdoor Children’s Exhibit
Liichokoshkomo’ is a Chickasaw phrase for “Let’s Play!” A project of the Annie Oakley Society, the $15 million interactive outdoor exhibit was created with children in mind but will also be fun for adults. Families can play traditional games, listen to storytellers, explore a sod house, and much more.
If you visit the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum
The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is located at 1700 NE 63rd Street in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Stay informed about reopening information on the museum’s coronavirus action plan web page. If traveling isn’t safe for you yet, you can take virtual tours of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum through nine online exhibits.
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