Will Rogers Memorial Museum & Birthplace Ranch
9501 E. 380 Road, Oologah, OK 74053
1720 West Will Rogers Blvd.
Claremore, OK 74017
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Laughter and homespun humor lift visitors' spirits and echo the unique life and legacy of a frontier cowboy at the Will Rogers Memorial Museum and Birthplace Ranch Both locations are kid friendly and offer families the opportunity to learn more about the history of Will Rogers and his great contributions.
In historic Claremore, eight galleries in a regal museum are alive with videos, audio, theaters, art and artifacts. Will Rogers Memorial Museum features a 2,400 square foot library, 18,000 photographs and thousands of origingal manuscripts, private letters, contracts and personal papers.
Two miles northeast of Oologah, an 1870s log-walled house defies time on a 400-acre living history Birthplace Ranch where Will Rogers was born into a pioneer Cherokee family before Oklahoma became a state. Farm animals and Longhorn cattle roam the bucolic hillside with its sweeping view of Lake Oologah. On the family ranch that once spread for miles without fences, Will Rogers learned trick roping and wholesome cowboy values that launched a career and built an incredible life.
The story is spelled out dramatically in the Will Rogers Memorial Museum in Claremore, built of native limestone in 1938 atop a hill with a sweeping view of the tranquil Tiawah Valley and Will's adopted hometown, Claremore.
The museum has plenty to see, with artifacts such as rare saddles and tack, paintings, priceless sculptures, twenty audio-visual settings, and a hands-on children's area. An accompanying gift shop features scores of books, DVDs, CDs, art and souvenir treasures.
An early champion of aviation and a traveler who circumnavigated the globe three times, Will Rogers joined Oklahoma aviator Wiley Post on a trip to Alaska in 1935. The single-engine plane crashed near the northernmost point of North America. Both men died instantly; their deaths were mourned worldwide.
The family tomb sits in a sunken garden on the 20-acre grounds at the Will Rogers Memorial Museum in Claremore, but the joys and laughter of Will Rogers' 55 years on earth dominate the museum and the Birthplace Ranch.