This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center, an Oklahoma Outstanding Attraction, located in Duncan. We just completed a fantastic year in 2017, celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Chisholm Trail. Now we look forward to celebrating our own history. Several unique exhibits are planned for this year.
Also, a True West Magazine Top 10 Western Museum and travel destination, The Chisholm Trail Heritage Center is the place to have fun and explore history! Put on a cowboy hat, swing a rope, lasso a lost steer and feel the rumble of the stampede.
We're a Top Ten Western Museum as named by True West Magazine, and on the TW Ultimate Western Destination list. Awarded the National Day of the Cowboy's "Cowboy Keeper" in 2016 and the Oklahoma Travel Industry Association Redbud Merit for Outstanding Attraction. Also voted Best Museum in Chickasaw Country in 2013.
The Garis Gallery of the American West at the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center is one of the finest Western and Native American galleries in the state. The museum offers an interactive experience for all ages and interests. All guests are shown the 'lay of the land' by one of the friendly professional tour guides. Toss a rope around a Longhorn steer; ride a bucking bronco; create your own brand or sit a spell near the campfire and listen to Jesse Chisholm as he offers advice to a young cowboy on his first cattle drive. In the multi-sensory Experience Theater, smell the wildflowers of a springtime Oklahoma prairie, listen to the thundering hooves of a cattle stampede, and feel the wind and rain on your face as a storm rages.
Home to one of the finest Western Art collections west of the Mississippi, a surprise awaits you when you walk into the Garis Gallery of the American West. The intimate setting opens to an exceptional collection of Western paintings and sculptures. Works by Frederick Remington, George Catlin, Charles Russell, Allan Houser and regional and local artists of note are on display in the permanent collection. Be sure to check out the 'On the Chisholm Trail' bronze by Oklahoma artist Paul Moore. It is the largest bronze dedicated to the Chisholm Trail in the world.
Additionally, the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center has plenty of places for RV and large vehicle parking. There are several lovely spots for picnics or to stretch your legs on one of their nature walks. Also, check out their website for information regarding special events. Or, for the most up-to-date information, visit their Facebook page. Keep on the lookout for Chisholm Trail 150th Celebrations throughout 2017!