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Chisholm Trail Heritage Center

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April 20, 2019

Wooden Chisholm Trail entrance sign against blue sky

Visit the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center & Garis Gallery of the American West in Duncan, Oklahoma, for an adventure as you explore the history of the Chisholm Trail. Smell the prairie, feel the vibration of a cattle stampede and survive a raging thunderstorm, all in the comfort of our 4-D Experience Theater.

Iron horse statues

Photo Courtesy: Chisholm Trail Heritage Center

A True Western Experience

We do things a little different here and there’s no hurry as you experience the many exhibits we offer – from playing the Trail Boss game to eavesdropping on the campfire conversation of Jesse and Tex in our Campfire Theater. We make no apologies for our ornery chuck wagons. As you explore the Interactive Area, Duncan General Store, art and history exhibits and the Garis Gallery of the American West, you’ll have so much fun, you’ll be surprised you’re learning a thing or two about the Chisholm Trail.

Bronzed statue of Native American

Photo Courtesy: Chisholm Trail Heritage Center

Put on a cowboy hat and climb in the saddle to swing that lasso over our lost steer. We want you to touch and talk and laugh and learn while you are on your journey with us. You’ll also be able to get a close look at the animals that are native to the region – bison, longhorn, black bear, rattlesnakes and more. Don’t worry, our collection quit biting years ago!

Historical Exhibits and Artwork

For the art lovers, we have an impressive collection of American western art, which includes Remingtons, a Charlie Russell, George Catlins and more. We also have some incredible sculptures. While most of your visit is indoors, we encourage you to walk the Oklahoma Centennial Chisholm Trail path out front, and see the “On the Chisholm Trail” bronze monument, by Oklahoma sculptor, Paul Moore. This life-size tribute to the cowboy was recognized in 2014, as one of the top 20 Objects that Shape Oklahoma. Installed in 1998, it was the largest tribute of its kind, just over 35 feet. A smaller tabletop version is inside where you can get a closer look at the detail of the sculptor’s work. Outside we also have a covered portico and picnic tables. Our grounds are great for getting your daily walk and pets are also welcome to stretch their legs. Other area amenities include a nearby park and less than five-minute drive to visit two other museums, the 905 Railroad Museum, and the Stephens County Historical Museum in Fuqua Park. You can also browse Main Street Duncan where you will find unique shops. Duncan is the Crapemyrtle Capital of Oklahoma.

Museum display of Buffalo

Photo Courtesy: Chisholm Trail Heritage Center

An Oklahoma Attraction of the Year, a Top Ten Western Museum by True West magazine, AAA Gem, and Best of America award winner, the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center is partnered with Adventure Road.

Duncan is located between Oklahoma City and Fort Worth/Dallas, Texas on historic U.S. Hwy 81, which runs parallel to I-35. Once you reach Duncan on U.S. 81, at the Elk Ave. intersection, head west (right if you are coming from the north, or left if from the south.) At the stoplight at Elk and Chisholm Trail Parkway, turn left/south. CTHC is ½ mile south on the left/east side. We have a big blue roof and plenty of parking for your motor home.