Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve

Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve 1925 Woolaroc Ranch Rd
Bartlesville, OK 74006

Phone: 918-336-0307
Toll Free: 888-966-5276
Fax: 918-336-0084
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The name of the Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve is derived from three words - woods, lakes and rock. Although these words say so much about the natural environment, they don’t begin to describe everything Woolaroc has to offer.

This Bartlesville establishment serves as a working ranch, museum and wildlife preserve that welcomes countless visitors each year.  The 3,600-acre property was established in 1925 as a retreat for oilman and founder of Phillips Petroleum Company, Frank Phillips. Today, the Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve is an educational and entertaining hub situated in the breathtaking Osage Hills of northeast Oklahoma. Visitors to the Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve in Bartlesville are reminded of the natural environment, cultural heritage and history of early America at every turn. Begin with a tour of the Woolaroc Museum, which reveals the cultural heritage and lifestyles of some of the first Western residents. Artifacts from about 40 different tribes are displayed on the Bartlesville property, including authentic pieces that trace prehistoric civilizations. Visitors can view beaded buckskins and feather bonnets from the Plains tribes, as well as homemade items like baskets, pottery and blankets from the Navajo, Apache, Hopi and Pueblos located in Arizona and New Mexico.

The name of the Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve is derived from three words - woods, lakes and rock. Although these words say so much about the natural environment, they don’t begin to describe everything Woolaroc has to offer.

This Bartlesville establishment serves as a working ranch, museum and wildlife preserve that welcomes countless visitors each year.  The 3,600-acre property was established in 1925 as a retreat for oilman and founder of Phillips Petroleum Company, Frank Phillips. Today, the Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve is an educational and entertaining hub situated in the breathtaking Osage Hills of northeast Oklahoma. Visitors to the Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve in Bartlesville are reminded of the natural environment, cultural heritage and history of early America at every turn. Begin with a tour of the Woolaroc Museum, which reveals the cultural heritage and lifestyles of some of the first Western residents. Artifacts from about 40 different tribes are displayed on the Bartlesville property, including authentic pieces that trace prehistoric civilizations. Visitors can view beaded buckskins and feather bonnets from the Plains tribes, as well as homemade items like baskets, pottery and blankets from the Navajo, Apache, Hopi and Pueblos located in Arizona and New Mexico.

Visitors to the Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve can browse paintings from a broad range of artists spanning decades, including Frederic Remington, Charles M. Russell and Bettina Steinke. Five of the original six Taos Society Artists are represented in the museum as well. Sculpture abounds in the museum and on the ranch grounds. Works by Remington and Russell can be found in the museum’s sculpture collection alongside a complete collection of sculptures by renowned Western artist Joe Beeler. Alongside Western and Native American art and artifacts stands an expansive collection of Colt firearms. These firearms reveal the history of the Colt brand. Pieces on display include the rare Paterson revolvers, prototype pieces used to develop new models in the Colt factory and Army and Navy pistols used in the Civil War. The collection of firearms at the Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve features a selection of Winchester pieces donated by Russell Straight in 1981. Since Winchester was a commonly used firearm in the frontier days of America, this collection gives museum visitors a unique look at the company that built the weapons used to win the West.

Visitors also can take a peek inside the opulent lodge Frank Phillips once used to impress and entertain friends and business associates. The eight-bedroom lodge, overlooking Clyde Lake, displays hundreds of mounted heads and horns from wildlife that once roamed the ranch. Many of the same native and exotic species can still be found on the property today, roaming freely as they have since the 1920s. Native animal heads and horns are mounted throughout the lodge, but exotic species are seen, as well. A giraffe and several zebra, for example, can be seen mounted in the lodge’s Great Room.

Because Phillips wanted to retain the essence of the West before the turn of the century, he stocked the Bartlesville preserve with dozens of varieties of animals. The bison herd on the property today dates back to 1926 when 90 of the animals were imported from South Dakota. American Bison continue to roam the property alongside elk, longhorn cattle, Japanese Sika deer, North European fallor deer, water buffalo, llamas, pigmy goats and more.

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  • Facility Amenities: Credit Cards Accepted, Gift Shop, Meeting Space Available

  • Group Amenities: Accommodates Tour Groups, Bus/Motorcoach Parking, Group Rates Available

  • Tour Information: Guided Tours

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Close

Sunday

10:00 am

5:00 pm

Wednesday

10:00 am

5:00 pm

Thursday

10:00 am

5:00 pm

Friday

10:00 am

5:00 pm

Saturday

10:00 am

5:00 pm

Also open Tuesday Memorial Day - Labor Day.

Adults: $10

Seniors 65+: $8

Children: Free

While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the pricing listed above, prices are subject to change without notice.

Located 12 miles SW of Bartlesville on Hwy 123.

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Jan Tucker




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From Angie Ryan on 09/16/14

State Capitol Building in OKC. Architecture and art work are simply amazing.


From Wendy white on 09/16/14

Okc zoo


From JUDY FOWLER on 09/16/14

My favorite place in Oklahoma is Bristow, because it has a quaint downtown main street, where there are a lot of festivals right on the main street.


From Andrea Ruedy on 09/16/14

Chickasaw Cultural Center is my favorite place to visit, excellent restaurant. Nearby is the Chickasaw Recreation Area that we also like to visit.


From Linda Duntley on 07/31/14

Scissortail Flycatcher..


From Edith Copeland on 07/31/14

Scissortail Flycatcher. Love Woolaroc family has been wanting to go all summer.


From Gary Percefull on 07/30/14

Scissortail Flycatcher


From Nina Waack on 07/30/14

I loved Woolaroc! I don't see scissortails in Arkansas


From Helen McFarland on 07/30/14

Oklahoma's state bird is the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher!


From Bill Bigelow on 07/30/14

Scissor tail flycatcher. Actually saw a mating pair for the first time this year and got a couple pics!


From Rhonda Bromlow on 07/30/14

Scissor- tailed Flycatcher


From Tawana Murphy on 07/30/14

The state bird of OK is the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher.


From Pat Kubiak on 07/30/14

The State bird is the Scissor-tailed Flycatcher


From Kimberly Simpson on 07/30/14

Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher


From Sabrina Parnell on 07/30/14

Scissor Tailed Flycatcher. A beautiful bird.


From Cathy Pangburn on 07/30/14

Scissor-Tailed flycatcher


From Heather on 07/30/14

Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher!


From Dianna on 07/30/14

scissortail flycatcher - one of the most unique birds - just beautiful


From Becky Carroll on 07/30/14

Scissortail flycatcher


From Jan Teal on 07/30/14

Scissor tail !


From Judith Johnson on 07/30/14

Scissortail flycatcher


From Cindy Greenberg on 07/30/14

Scissortail flycatcher is the OK state bird. Love this park -- and haven't been since middle school which was about 40 years ago.


From Mary Wetzel on 07/30/14

Scissortail flycatcher


From michele applegate on 07/30/14

Scissor-tail flycatcher OK state bird, the park is amazing!


From Doris Kendrick on 07/30/14

scissortail flycatcher--I love seeing them I haven't been to Woolaroc in years. Would love to win a trip


From Kathy Stotts on 07/30/14

Scissor-tail flycatcher


From Darla Reuter on 07/30/14

Scissortail flycatcher


From Ruth Jeffries on 07/30/14

In 1951, the Scissor- tail flycatcher was named Oklahoma official State bird.


From steve sawyer on 07/30/14

Scissor-tail flycatcher


From Deb Maxon on 07/30/14

Scissor tail flycatcher!! Win please!


From Sandra Flaming on 07/16/14

Been ages since I visited. Like to see the sights in my home state.


From James dillon on 06/04/14

We are going to great salt plains!


From Cheryl Rowe on 05/07/14

I absolutelyl adore Woolaroc! It is a beautiful place with something to interest everyone, from paintings, to exotic livestock, beautiful scenery,history, and even shrunken heads!


From Karen Brown on 04/21/14

Woolaroc for sure !!! Love it !! Been there many times !!


From Maggie Fleming on 04/13/14

Fabulous place, museum was awesome. Well worth the trip, very informative.


From john wingate on 01/10/14

visited museum in 95. was so impressed with this impressive collection. would love to visit again if i ever get in that area again.


From Bonnie Hannum on 09/16/13

I visited in 1980 and have often wanted to return. It is such a beautiful place. I remember reading a story about An Indian Guide to Life or something close to that. I believe it was on a plaque in the museum. Can you post those words? It was something about taking the narrow path or choosing the wide path of life. Thank you very much!


From Deborah Koerth on 04/04/13

I first visited this wonderful place in 1971, and we have been taking our children and grandchildren every Spring & Fall for 42 years. It used to be free but cost a nominal fee now for hours of wonderful sights, tastes, sounds, etc. Needless to say, I even encouraged my German friends to make this a priority when they vacationed in America for the first time!


From Sabine Miller on 09/29/12

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to this park. we loved the animals and the museum. The museum taught us a lot about the history of the area. Due to disabilities of one of us, we could not really explore the trails, but we would certainly recommend this to anyone.


From Bill Werner on 08/10/10

My Grandparents first took me and my sisters when we were young. Every summer we would go and enjoy everything that Woolaroc had to offer. We just couldn't get enough. Now that I'm a Grandpa, and my grandson is finally old enough to enjoy, I'm planning on taking my girls and grandson as soon as possible.


 
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