LAWTON, Okla._After being closed to the public for 11 months, the Museum of the Great Plains is getting ready to reopen on Wednesday, November 18.
The museum closed January 5, 2015, to renovate their main gallery, which will feature interactive exhibits built by the Science Museum of Minnesota.
"Besides reading about history, people can learn by exploring and doing, too," explained John Hernandez, executive director and curator of exhibits. "That's why we wanted to add strong interactive elements, so all kinds of people can have a great time while discovering the rich history of the Great Plains. We are proud to be one of the first hands-on history museums in the region, and we hope everyone enjoys the unique design."
Some of the new permanent exhibits include:
- The “Terrible Tuesday” Tornado Theater, where visitors can experience the deadly storm that struck Wichita Falls and Lawton in 1979;
- The “Domebo Dig Site,” an authentic recreation of a 1960s archaeological excavation that revealed human activity from 11,000 years ago;
- The “Council Saddle Shop,” an interactive space inspired by the life’s work of renowned saddle maker Howard Council.
In addition to the permanent exhibits, the Museum of the Great Plains will continue to feature temporary exhibits in the Oklahoma Museum Network gallery, beginning with "Red Dirt Dinos," which runs through early spring 2016.
The gallery renovation project was made possible through a grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, support from the McMahon Foundation and generous contributions from many other organizations, businesses and private donors.