Fort Sill, OK Museums
The Museum of the Great Plains explores the history and culture of Lawton and the Great Plains area through interactive exhibits like a local historic train station, schoolhouse, and even one to teach kids how air moves.
The Fort Sill Museum is an educational and historical resource for military personnel and the public to learn Sill's rich history through documents, photographs, and military objects. It is located in the fort's oldest 19th century building.
The Comanche National Museum and Cultural Center is meant to bring past and present history, culture and art of the Comanche to life for a better understanding of this people.
The Historic Mattie Beal House is the home of early 20th century Lawton resident and philanthropist Mattie Beal, who became well-known in town when she won the 2nd slot in the land lottery of 1901. On the prized lot, her dream home was built in the Neoclassical Greek Revival and Baroque styles with a Mediterranean style roof. Though the outside changed a bit over the years, the interior remains largely untouched.
US Army Field Artillery Museum- With over 70 guns and artillery pieces, this museum traces artillery history from 1775 through today. Fort Sill has had a long history with artillery as well; the field artillery school served Sill through both world wars and now of course it has one of the largest field artillery training complexes in the world.
The Chisholm Trail Heritage Center, in Duncan, OK, celebrates and perpetuates the history, art and culture of the Chisholm Trail, American Cowboy and the American West. It offers a 4D Experience Theater where you can smell the bacon cooking, feel the stampede herd and more. Animatronics in Campfire Theater tell the story of the Chisholm Trail and everyone gets a chance to be a kid in the interactive area, where one can rope a longhorn, or create their own brand. In Garis Gallery of the American West, art lovers can view Remingtons, Russells and Catlins, as well as lesser known artists. Open 7 days a week. Call 580-252-6692, for information.
The Oklahoma City Museum of Art features one of the world's largest collections of Chihuly glass sculptures, some of the most renown since Tiffany glass works, and also extensive exhibits on 19th-21st century European and American art.
The Science Museum Oklahoma has something exciting for everyone from the Kirkland Planetarium, the Oklahoma Aviation and Space Hall of Fame, International Gymnastics Hall of Fame, to the country's tallest spiral slide! Exhibits range from the science of solving crimes to an overnight sleepover in the museum.
The Museum of Osteology is a one-of-a-kind display of over 300 skeletons for visitors to see up-close and personally. The purpose is to further the understanding of just how and why skeletons work the way they do and exhibits include the skeletons of Oklahoma native species, flightless birds, and many mammals and reptiles like elephants and American bison.
The American Banjo Museum is home to the world's largest collection of over 300 instruments relating to the banjo and its long history. Instruments include replicas of those used by African slaves, through the years of World War II, and up to the 1920s "Jazz Age" in America.
The Oklahoma History Museum is a Smithsonian Institute affiliate dedicated to collecting, preserving, and sharing Oklahoma's rich history through exhibits with thousands of artifacts for the education and enjoyment of the community.
The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum interprets the exciting legacy of the American West for the public through Western and Native American art and objects. The American Rodeo Gallery holds one of the world's largest collections of art, photos, and artifacts related to the rodeo.
99's Museum of Women Pilots is 5,000 square feet dedicated to the role women played in aviation history and showcases historic documents and personal artifacts for all to see. The organization is named for the original 99 female members of the international organization of licensed women pilots.
The American Pigeon Museum and Library shares the history and involvement of homing pigeons throughout World War I and II. There are many artifacts and photographs, and of course books in the library on their military usage, for visitors to enjoy.
World Organization of China Painters- The headquarters is here in Oklahoma City and features not only an extensive hand-painted collection of china, but a research library and even classes on how to paint china as well.
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Lawton is a fairly large city of 96,860 residents in the southwestern part of the state, adjacent to Fort Sill. Other towns nearby with off-post housing opportunities include Elgin, Duncan, Marlow, Apache, and Frederick. These are much smaller towns with less than 4,000 people each, with the exception of Duncan which has a population of 23,400, and are fairly spread out in the agricultural area around the fort. The average commute in Lawton is about 13 minutes. Other cities in the area include Cache, Fletcher, Medicine Park, and Geronimo.
About the Installation
Fort Sill is home to the United States Army Field Artillery School, the United States Army Air Defense Artillery School, and the 31st Air Defense Artillery Brigade. Fort Sill is one of five Army bases that provide Army Basic Combat Training. A detachment of the United States Marine Corps is also stationed here. The fort is located near Lawton, Oklahoma, southwest of Oklahoma City.