The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City preserves and honors the life and culture of the cowboys of the American west.
The western art displayed outside and inside the building are of excellent quality.
Plus, the grounds surrounding the museum are filled with native flowers.
The flowers in the above picture were labeled Beard Tongue (Penstemon digitalis), “Prairie Dust”, an Oklahoma native.
The driveway into the museum property had this attractive center divider.
Looking back towards the street.
There was time to walk around the front and side of the building before it opened. These massive relief murals are probably not even seen by most visitors, unless the front parking lots are full.
The shapes appeared to be layered concrete creating a bas relief.
Mexican Hats and Indian Blankets are natives commonly seen in several southwestern states.
Coryopsis (Coreopsis lanceolata), I think.
Rose Moss is so bright and cheery.
Many larger than life cowboy bronzes were scattered throughout the grounds. The strong morning sun made photography difficult.
Just ignore the cars in the parking lot and focus on their faces. A personal encounter captured for all to enjoy.
The sun totally washed out the front of this cowboy, but the back also makes a statement with the cactus and saddle being dragged. Lost his horse, maybe.
This huge “End of the Trail” marble statue greets visitors as they walk through the front door.
There are many different halls at the museum that require several hours to visit them all. Besides the cowboy theme, there is a strong sense of patriotism.
Some areas are dedicated to western art, both by well know artists like Remington and Russell, and some rooms devoted to newer artists. Of course, photographing paintings was not allowed.
One large section features western culture as told by Hollywood. Many movie posters advertising different shows and portraits of famous actors and actresses are displayed as well as some artifacts from the movies.
Then, there are rodeo rooms honoring winners and the art, itself. A small western town with all the requisite buildings provides visitors a chance to peek in windows and stroll through streets.
There is so much more to this museum. Wow.
Out in the back park-like area, more bronze horses seem to thunder through the land.
Mature trees provided cool shaded areas and picturesque garden cameos. Flowers, like these Daylilies, sparkled with color and interest.
Small water features brought cooling serenity.
This statue was many time larger than life size.
I think this was Wild Bill Hickok, but I don’t remember for sure.
Almost a neon color, these Astillble (Astillbe chimensis), made me halt and admire them.
From the back grounds, there is a good view of that well known statue.
So worth a visit if you are interested in the old west and the lives of those who survived the hot, dusty, hostile environment and the dangers of wild animals and tough, ruthless men.
“In the Southwest, boots and pearls go with any attire. Add a cowboy hat and you have an ensemble.” unknown