Woolaroc Ranch, Museum & Wildlife Preserve
If you're looking for that true Western experience, then look no further than Woolaroc. This expansive wildlife preserve houses a magnificent museum and an elegantly rustic lodge that began their existence as the local getaway for Bartlesville oilman Frank Phillips.
Woolaroc, an abbreviation for Woods, Lakes and Rocks, is located a few miles southwest of Bartlesville on the eastern edge of scenic Osage County. Visitors will find numerous varieties of animals and birds on this working ranch, some native to the region while others are more exotic. Many of the native animals are visible along the lengthy, wandering drive between the gate entrance and the Museum and Lodge setting.
The Woolaroc Museum is an eclectic collection of art, sculpture, pottery and so much more. Guests will see electrified dioramas, one of the largest collections of Colt firearms and numerous blankets and saddles. Also on display is the “WOOLAROC”, a single-engine monoplane that won the Dole Air Race between California and Hawaii and was one of only two to survive the harrowing 26 hour race in August of 1927.
Many might consider the Woolaroc Lodge an extension of the Museum and it is indeed filled with treasures and trophies. Any visit to this elegant Lodge should include a contemplative rest on the porch overlooking Clyde Lake.
Woolaroc is open year-round and hosts many events and activities for children and adults alike including an animal barn, trail rides, and the Woolaroc Wonderland of Lights each Christmas season.