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Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve
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 only begin to describe everything this iconic attraction has to offer.
This Bartlesville establishment serves as a working ranch, museum and wildlife preserve that welcomes countless visitors each year. The 3,700-acre property was established in 1925 as a retreat for oilman and founder of Phillips Petroleum Company, Frank Phillips. 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.
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 50,000 square foot 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.
Paintings are displayed from a broad range of artists spanning decades, including works by Frederic Remington, Charles M. Russell, Frank Tenney Johnson, Wilson Hurley, Thomas Moran, John Clymer, and impressive murals from W.R. Leigh. Sculpture abounds both in the museum and on the main grounds. 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 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 home of 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 and is now on the historic register. 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.
The petting barn and mountain man camp are open during seasonal hours, and the hiking trails are open year-round. Woolaroc is also an incredibly unique facility rental, providing space in the museum, lodge, main grounds, and at scenic Clyde Lake. Woolaroc is listed on the National Register of Historic Places in Washington, D.C., and a NARM (North American Reciprocal Museum) member which allows members access to over 800 national museums for free. Will Rogers once said, 'When you are visiting the beauty spots of this country, don't overlook Frank Phillips' ranch and game preserve in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. It's the most unique place in this country.'
Seniors 65+: $10
Children 11 and Under: FREE
Members of Woolaroc and NARM: FREE While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the pricing listed above, prices are subject to change without notice.
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