National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum (Oklahoma City)

Destination #6: Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma

The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum has some of the most amazing artwork and while some of it is traditional sculptures and paintings, much of is decorative and embellishment of typical cowboy related items like saddles, spurs clothing etc. The museum also highlights the history and culture of the American Cowboy from it’s earliest beginnings to today.   The sculptures we saw were breathtaking.  The one that you see in this photo I took is carved out of stone and it’s huge in size and in spirit. There are also many bronze sculptures by the artist Remington who was quite famous for his western scenes. My kids are generally not into art, but it was fun to walk around and talk about what we were seeing.  I told my kids that when I was a kid my parents  would drag us to galleries on the weekends and I remember seeing some artwork by Remington.  I wondered if the ones in the museum were real as I remember there being a scandal with tons of fake Remington’s being sold as the real deal when they were super popular.  Better than the sculptures and paintings though, the kids and I really loved the exhibits on the saddles and spurs and other cowboy crafts.  The artistry in crafting these magnificent pieces was just extraordinary.  I just love the pageantry, and as we walked through the exhibit I imagined myself in a parade or rodeo riding on one of those saddles.  I also loved the belt buckles.  They were just gorgeous.  There were some that belonged to some legendary cowboys, and though I couldn’t really appreciate who those folks were, those belt buckles spoke volumes in the intricate detailing.  Just too fabulous.  We learned about roping and tested our own skill not only tying the knots but also trying to lasso a post.  Let’s just say, I don’t think any of us have a future career in the rodeo arts…. There was a fabulous  section of the museum dedicated for children’s activities which the kids really loved.  Lilia posed with a stuffed longhorn.  We took several pictures till we got it just right so it looked as real as possible.   This is a DO NOT MISS in order to get acquainted with a huge part of Oklahoma history and culture! I played my part with my Daisy Duke shorts and my cowboy hat.  Couldn’t pull off the cowboy boots though,it was just too hot so I opted for flip flops.  Cowboy California style.

Destination #6: Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma

Destination #6: Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma

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