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 part of the permanent collection. You can learn more about the art and the artists through a self-guided tour. The museum welcomes guest artists for featured exhibits every three months. There is always something new to see at the Garis Gallery.

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


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


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. Guests visit the Heritage Center from all over the country and from around the world. 


Executive Director/Education Director
Leah Mulkey

Bookkeeper and Volunteer Coordinator
Mary Lowry

Event and Marketing Coordinator
Bailey Teakell

Marketing Assistant
Maria McRoy

Gift Shop Manager
Syvonna Davis

Gift Shop Clerk / Docent
Callie Williams

Gift Shop Clerk / Docent
Blakeleigh Delgado

Gift Shop Clerk / Docent
Janie Kierbow

Gift Shop Clerk / Docent
Jennifer Estrada

Gift Shop Clerk / Docent
Noelle McRoy

Education Team
Edie Stewart, Mary Lowry, and Maria McRoy

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