About

Not Your Typical Museum

Located just north of the Red River on the historic Chisholm Trail in Duncan, Oklahoma, the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center is not your typical “stop-and-stare” museum.

We are an interactive adventure for cowboys and cowgirls of all ages. True West Magazine has deemed our facility a Top Ten Western Museum and we are Oklahoma’s Outstanding Attraction.

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. Meet our extremely rude chuckwagon or sit a spell in the Duncan Store.

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 Frederic Remington, George Catlin, Charles Russell, Allan Houser and regional and local artists of note are on display in the nearly $2 million permanent collection. You can learn more about the art and the artists through a self-guided tour. Temporary exhibits change about every eight weeks and range from loans from the Smithsonian to ExhibitsUSA to local favorites.

Accessible. Individuals, small or large groups welcome. Meeting space available. Educational programming available.

Mission

“To celebrate and perpetuate the history, art and culture of the Chisholm Trail, the American Cowboy and the American West.”

History

In the early 1990s, a group of concerned citizens from Duncan, southwest Oklahoma, and northern Texas came together to form a partnership to increase the quality of life in the region, help educate people of all ages on the courage, struggles and successes of settlement in this hostile area, and provide an information stop on the route of modern day explorers of the Chisholm Trail.

From the beginning, the facility hosted children and visitors with the highest quality educators and static exhibits to celebrate the men and women who rode the Trail, settled the area, were stationed at nearby Ft. Sill and Ft. Arbuckle, started businesses and raised families or were indigenous peoples forced to drastically alter their lifestyles due to the encroachment of the other travelers and settlers.

Construction began on the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center (CTHC) in 1997 with expansions in 2003, 2005 and 2007. Our facility services the United States and many other countries. Staff estimates about ¼ of the visitors are international, ¼ are from other parts of the United States (snowbirds), and ¼ are from the Dallas to Oklahoma City area.

DIRECTORS & STAFF

Executive Director
Scott Metelko

Assistant Director/Office Manager/Education Director
Leah Mulkey

Bookkeeper/Office Assistant
Mary Lowry

Communications Assistant
Bailey Teakell

Exhibitions Assistant
Elizabeth Morgan

Marketing Assistant
Maria McRoy

Gift Shop Manager
Syvonna Davis

Education Team
Edie Stewart, Mary Lowry, Maria McRoy, Elizabeth Morgan

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