Current Exhibits

Crossroads of Commerce: A History of Free Enterprise in Oklahoma

Now on exhibit at the Oklahoma History Center is "Crossroads of Commerce: A History of Free Enterprise in Oklahoma." This exhibit tells the story of economic development in Oklahoma through five time periods from 1716 to the present day. In each section, the exhibit sets the stage of history with the challenges and opportunities that ended one era and began another. Onto that stage will march the men and women who had ideas, decided to invest and developed a business plan that worked in that particular place and time. The rest of the story is adapting to subsequent changes, opening doors of opportunity for others, and giving back to the community through jobs, philanthropy, and a better quality of life. The intent is to connect the dots between history and economic development in a way that celebrates creativity and hard work and inspires young people to take a chance.

The exhibit features a number of structural reproductions and interactive opportunities. Visitors will see an actual truss from the Wiley Post Hangar and enter the simulated cockpit of a Lockheed Vega airplane. Other features include scenes of a newspaper printing operation, grist mill, cotton gin, grain elevator, Cain's Ballroom, a TG&Y store in the 1950s, the studios of WKY-Radio and WKY-TV, the Shelter Church Studio, and the Thunder scoreboard from Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Photographing the Plains: Depression Era Images from the FSA.

Now on display at the Oklahoma History Center, this exhibit features 20 black and white photographs by six Farm Security Administration photographers who photographed in Oklahoma or captured images of Oklahomans seeking work elsewhere. The photos are reproductions from the Library of Congress and feature works by Dorothea Lange, Russell Lee, Jack Delano, Marion Post Wolcott, John Vachon and Arthur Rothstein. It will also feature a small case of period cameras that are similar to those used by the FSA and this group of photographers.

These photographs are on display in the Chesapeake Event Center. This room is used for meetings and events; we recommend calling to ensure the room will be open to the public on the day of your visit.

Tipi with Battle Pictures

While doing regular upkeep on the American Indian collections housed within the Oklahoma Museum of History, an Oklahoma History Center curator discovered a rolled canvas tipi that had been forgotten for many years. This tipi is known as the Tipi with Battle Pictures. The tradition and history embodied by this tipi can be traced ultimately to 1833 when Little Bluff became the sole leader of the Kiowa people.

This rare artifact is on exhibit in the Gaylord Special Exhibits gallery.

On Behalf of the Pioneers: The Oklahoma Century Chest 1913-2013

The Century Chest time capsule was buried on April 22, 1913, in the basement of the First Lutheran Church of Oklahoma City. One hundred years later, on April 22, 2013, the church opened the chest and revealed the perfectly preserved contents deposited by the pioneers of Oklahoma. The exhibit opening marks the 125th anniversary of the Oklahoma Land Run of 1889.

Visitors can view never-before-seen photographs, documents and American Indian artifacts and hear Oklahoma pioneer Angelo C. Scott's speech delivered at the burial of the chest in 1913. The exhibit also includes the 1889 poster promoting the first Fourth of July celebration in Oklahoma City on July 4, 1889, a letter to the blind of 2013 written in braille, the First State Flag of Oklahoma, the pen used by President William McKinley to sign the Free Homes Bill for Oklahoma and a 1913 bird's-eye view photograph of Oklahoma City showing the city like never before. In addition the exhibit contains dozens of messages, prophecies and letters from the pioneers of 1913 to their descendants 100 years later. Call 405-522-0765 for more information or visit

100 Years of the Federal Reserve System

Explore the history of the Federal Reserve and the Oklahoma City Branch in this new exhibit. This exhibit also highlights Robert L. Owen, one of the first Senators from Oklahoma and co-author of the Federal Reserve Act of 1913. Included are artifacts from Robert L. Owen and his family, examples of coins and currency before 1913, photographs, and original documents, including a signed letter to Owen from President Woodrow Wilson.

Historic images, timelines, and educational materials are available online now at