Saturday, February 20, 2016

Wild West Woolaroc Museum




We spent a gloriously sunshiny February day at Woolaroc this week. 



It's not every day you get to pet a zebra!


No photography is allowed inside the museum, which is surprisingly diverse!  Don't be fooled by the front of the building.  It's not very wide, but is quite long with two stories.  They have lots of Native American artifacts along with an amazing Western art collection. 

 
For me, the display that was most fascinating was titled The Pioneer Woman.  Please forgive me for not remembering all the details, but the premise for this collection was that a town in Oklahoma wanted a sculpture, The Pioneer Woman, I think in their square.  Multiple artists submitted their ideas for the topic.  The submissions are now in a collection at Woolaroc.  I was absolutely fascinated by the different interpretations.  Some were sensual.  Others were quite modest.  For me the most powerful sculpture showed a woman with a baby on her left hip, a rifle in her right hand, and a man laying at her feet with an arrow in his side.

 
I would have loved to share some of the artwork with you, but obeyed the "No Photo" rule.  We did get several nice shots of the of the beautiful herd animals


and sculptures on the grounds.

  
It's about a three hour drive for us from Northwest Arkansas to Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and well worth the trip. 


We had a wonderful time!
 
 
On the way home, we ate at Thunder Grill in Nowata, Oklahoma and, OH MY, it was yummy!  We were in a bit of a hurry to meet friends for dinner that night.  When we finished our meals, the sweet waitress asked if we wanted pie.   Handsome Husband and I simultaneously said "NO" (him) and "YES" (me)!  She got me apple pie and ice cream to go and WOW did  she hook me up!  The little styrofoam containers were packed with pie and ice cream.

Mmmmm...  Is there anything better than homemade apple pie?!  I can't think of a thing.  ;-)



If you are anywhere near Oklahoma, we definitely recommend visiting Thunder Grill in Nowata and Woolaroc in Bartlesville!  If you've ever been to either, I'd love to hear about your experience!

Where are your favorite places to visit?

;-)  -Marci

10 comments:

  1. Lots to see there, looks like a great place to go.
    Merle.......

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  2. looks like a fun time! And a zebra...just seems odd to be there but how great to pet one! love all the animals and apple pie. :)

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  3. What a great place. If I am every in OK I'll stop by. And you cannot beat petting a Zebra. Very coolt

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  4. I visited Woolarac several years ago! It was a lovely place! We spent most of our time inside the museum however and didn't get to see as much of the wildlife as it looks like you did.

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  5. What a fabulous place to visit. I love the sculpture it really would be a highlight of the visit.

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  6. Really love your pics! those animals look wonderful in their most natural habitat. My kids and I love to spend some times at the zoo as well.

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  7. This looks like a beautiful place. Thank you for sharing it on the #HomeMattersParty this week!

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  8. Wow! This looks brilliant. I could just imagine my sons when they were younger, having a ball there. Thanks for sharing at Five Star Frou-Frou this week. Love, Mimi xxx

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  9. Hello, I would love to visit Woolaroc wildlife preserve and museum. The critters are all beautiful. Lovely photos. The restaurant sounds awesome too, I love apple pie. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

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