Oklahoma Historical Society

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Oklahoma Historical Society

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The Oklahoma Historical Society was founded in 1893 by members of the Oklahoma Territory Press Association. In 1918 OHS was relocated to the State Capitol, and in 1930 moved to the Wiley Post building. Over the years OHS has developed numerous collections and programs and now has 35 museums and historic sites statewide.
In 2005 came the opening of the Oklahoma History Center, with world-class museum exhibits and a state of the art Research Center.

Oklahoma History Center

About the History Center

Explore  Smithsonian-quality exhibits that bring to life the voice and visions of Oklahoma.

Experience  more than 50 topics and 2,000 artifacts reflecting Oklahoma's inspiring and adventurous past.

Educate  yourself and your family through research and interpretive programs of Oklahoma's rich and diverse history.

Stories, spirits triumphs and tragedy. The Oklahoma History Center is your opportunity to experience Oklahoma's inspiring and adventurous past.

Located on 18 acres across from the Capital building, the History Center is a beautifully designed, self-guided exploration of Oklahoma - past to present. Within our 215,000 square-foot learning center are five extraordinary, state-of-the-art galleries housing more than 200 hands-on audio, video and computer activities.

Outside the museum, the Red River Journey offers visitors a walking tour of the Red River Valley featuring land forms, vegetation and important historical locations. The grounds also include an outdoor oilfield exhibit with drilling derricks, a portable derrick and machinery associated with Oklahoma oil explorations.

The Oklahoma Museum of History is a division of the Oklahoma Historical Society. In addition to participating in and fully supporting the overall mission of the OHS to preserve and perpetuate the history of Oklahoma and its people by collecting, interpreting and disseminating knowledge of Oklahoma and the Southwest, the museum collects, preserves and interprets the complete history of Oklahoma for everyone. The museum fulfills its mission through the application of the highest standards of collections care, the presentation of diverse in-house and traveling exhibits, and multi-disciplinary educational programs.

The Oklahoma Museum of History is also an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institute. Smithsonian Affiliations are among the most comprehensive forms of Smithsonian national outreach. Through Smithsonian Affiliations, young people, families and students are able to experience a piece of the Smithsonian--their national museum--through their own hometown museums.

An architectural masterpiece, a decade in the making, the Oklahoma History Center was designed by the firm of Beck Associates of Oklahoma City in collaboration with the firm Helmuth, Obata, and Kassabaum of St. Louis, Missouri. Haley Sharpe Design Limited of Washington, D.C and Leicester, Great Britain designed each of the five historic and interactive exhibits.