Rattlesnakes, china dishes, banjos and pigeons: Museums you must see
Those four words may not seem like they have much in common; but in Oklahoma City, they’re the main topics at four museums. While you might be looking for a way to escape the chill of winter, we’d encourage you to go visit these quirky destinations. Our friends at the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau have a whole list of other local gems you should see.
In historic Stockyards City, learn more about the venomous snake that still roams the Wild West at the OKC Rattlesnake Museum. There museum at 1501 S. Agnew Ave. offers a safe place to see the slithering creatures up close without getting bitten.
At the World Organization of China Painters museum, you can see art work on display and even sign up for a class. The museum at 2700 N. Portland Ave. is open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. But special appointments are available on Saturdays.
While you might see a pigeon painted on the china, you can learn more about the bird at the American Pigeon Museum and Library, 2300 NE 63rd St. From their messaging work in wartime to the competitive racing world, learn how the bird has been valued throughout time. The museum offers free admission and is open Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
If musical instruments are more your fancy, then head to Bricktown and visit the American Banjo Museum. The museum is packed with banjos, ranging from the fanciest to the simplest, and even one played by Kermit The Frog. Actor, comedian and banjo player Steve Martin recently donated one of his prized banjos to the museum. There are monthly lunchtime banjo performances as well. The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday with an $8 adult admission fee.