We are currently closed to the public.
The first priority of the Oklahoma Historical Society is the health and safety of our patrons, volunteers, and staff. We stand with our fellow Oklahomans in the effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. We have closed our sites and affiliates to the public through April 30.
In an effort to minimize gatherings, all OHS-sponsored events are canceled or postponed through May 2, and some events have been canceled beyond that date. We are posting all changes on our events calendar to keep you updated as the situation develops.
Thank you for your support and for being part of the OHS community.
Water/Ways exhibit closes
The Museum of the Western Prairie is temporarily closed.
The Museum of the Western Prairie will host Water/Ways, a Smithsonian Institution Museum on Main Street traveling exhibition, from February 18 through April 11, 2020. This exhibition is made possible by a grant from Oklahoma Humanities.
Water is an important element in American culture. People are drawn to water for peace and contemplation. The sights and sounds of water make those who experience them feel connected to nature. Many faiths revere water as a sacred symbol. Authors and artists are inspired by the graceful ways in which water flows, but also by its unstoppable force.
Water has also played a vital role in society. Water routes made significant impacts on settlement and migration patterns. Humans use it for manufacturing and agriculture and economic planning. Water/Ways examines the many ways in which water is used and how it can be sustained for the future.
Water/Ways is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and Oklahoma Humanities, and was adapted from an exhibition organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York.
The Museum of the Western Prairie is located at 1100 Memorial Drive in Altus. For more information, please call 580-482-1044.