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About the Oklahoma Historical Society

Our Mission

The mission of the Oklahoma Historical Society is to collect, preserve, and share the history and culture of the state of Oklahoma and its people.

For more than 100 years the Oklahoma Historical Society has strived to protect, chronicle, and share the history of our great state. The Oklahoma Historical Society maintains numerous museums, historic homes, and military sites located throughout Oklahoma. Intriguing destinations including historic homes, military sites, and museums offer a unique glimpse into Oklahoma's past.

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The Oklahoma History Center

The Oklahoma History Center is beautifully designed to provide visitors a self-guided exploration of Oklahoma - past to present. With four permanent galleries, a special events hall, and outdoor exhibits guests will experience Oklahoma's spirit, triumphs and tragedies...from oil and space exploration to the land run of 1889. The state of the art Research Center offers visitors the opportunity to explore their own history through the extensive research collections and genealogical resources.

Conveniently located in the Capitol Complex, the Oklahoma History Center is adjacent to the State Capitol and the Governor's Mansion, both within easy driving or walking distance.

The Winnie Mae Café, with its relaxing atmosphere, offers a variety of menu items for visitors to the Oklahoma History Center. Enjoy gourmet sandwiches, soups, salads and snacks while gazing over a replica of Wiley Post's famous Winnie Mae Airplane.

Outside the museum, visit the Red River Journey for a scenic ¼ mile walking tour of the Red River Valley featuring land forms, vegetation and important historical locations. Explore the outdoor oilfield exhibit with drilling derricks, a portable derrick and machinery associated with Oklahoma oil explorations.