Highlighting must see Attractions
The Mission of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is to preserve and interpret the heritage of the American West for the enrichment of the public.
Opened in 1965, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum was originally conceived as a dream of Chester A. Reynolds, a Kansas City businessman, as a tribute to the men and women who helped establish the West as an integral part of America's cultural heritage.
Since 1994, the Museum has experienced its own westward expansion, increasing in size from 80,000 square feet to more than 200,000 square feet.
Spanning the length of the 2-acre lake is the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory. This architecturally acclaimed "living plant museum" was opened in 1988. It is now home to a dense jungle, housing more than 1,000 species of exotic plants from around the world. The Crystal Bridge is divided into two climatic regions:
The Rain Forest or Humid Tropics region is represented on the south end of the Conservatory. Plants here come from Amazonia, Central Africa, Southeast Asia and the South Pacific Islands where rain falls year-round. These plants are watered every day.
The Dry Mountain or Monsoon Climate is represented on the north end of the Conservatory. These plants are put through a drought from November to March, followed by regular watering during the summer months. Most of these specimens come from South Africa, Australia, Madagascar and Mexico.
The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden - 100 years and still driving you wild! The Zoo features a diverse and fascinating animal and plant collection. The Zoo is a fully accredited member of the American Zoo and Aquarium Association (AZA) and the American Association of Museums (AAM) as both a living museum and a botanical garden.
Kirkpatrick Science and Air Space Museum at Omniplex ia a non-profit organization dedicated to informal science education. Omniplex features hands-on exhibits, live demonstrations, botanical gardens and greenhouse, art and cultural galleries, aviation and space artifacts and memorabilia, a state-of-the-art planetarium, and Oklahoma's only dome-shaped, giant-screen theater.