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Museum of the Great Plains, Lawton

(4.4/5 based on 170+ reviews on the web)
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  • I really enjoyed seeing all of the history of our area! Very nicely re-done and very clean and quiet.  more »
  • Plan to spend several hours. There is one rotating exhibit that changes several times a year. Great outdoor area; tornado simulator. A must see for visitors to Lawton.  more »
  • We stopped in after Parent's Day and really enjoyed the museum! We especially loved the Tornado exhibit! Not very crowded and great place to spend with family. We all had fun trying to rope the calf t...  more »
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  • Very educated staff. Nice history of the area covered in simple terms. Definitely some place to visit when in Lawton.
  • Really enriching and entertaining for kids and grown ups alike. You can easily spend 4-5 hours there if you are a history buff.
  • Drove 2 hrs for our 1st visit and was quite impressed. Wished we had known of this place when our kids were young. It's quite educational and LOTS of hands-on exhibits. Kids can go into a tipi (correct spelling) and feel all the animal hides from skunk to badger to coyote. They have a buffalo on the floor who's hide lifts up and all the inside parts of it are visible for you to take apart and around the outside on the floor the parts are labeled so you know what they were used for. They can learn how to lasso a model cow and practice. They can put together letters on a magnetic board and make their own brand for cattle (see photo). They can go into a general store, pick up a basket that has a grocery list in it, pick up a bag of money and fill up their basket while inside and pay at the register. They can make a bead pattern with what looks like checkers on a board representing beadwork by the Kiowa Indians. You get the point. SO much to do, so awesome and fun for kids! The other really neat exhibit was the Terrible Tuesday Tornado Theater you can sit inside. It holds very few people, maybe 10 or 15, and is very realistic. It has old footage from the 1979 tornadoes that came through Wichita Falls and Lawton and you hear the voices of people who went through it and the whole place shakes like you're in the cellar and the lights flicker. It would not be good for someone who's been traumatized by a tornado or for small children. There's also an old train, train depot, old farm implements, and a fort outdoors to visit. The only reason I didn't give this place 5 stars is because the guide map is unreadable. The print for each exhibit is so small and stretched out that it's impossible to read so it does you no good. They really need to invest the time and money into making a large fold-out map. After all, a map is an integral part to touring a museum.
  • We love this place! Love the new remodeled areas, good stuff for kids and adults. Staff is wonderful. If you live in the Lawton area, you can buy a membership here and add on a package to get entrance to several other museums in the state including the Science Museum in OKC. It's cheaper that way than just buying a membership to just the OKC one.
  • Didn't have any expectation going, just something to do. I loved it! Great for the entire family! Fun learning experience! I went with a girlfriend and she loved it also! Plan on going with hubby real soon!