The National Cowboy Museum

Meet Tim …

Who doesn’t love a cowboy? And what better place to learn about them than The National Cowboy Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

During these trying times, people began looking for bright spots on the Internet and lo and behold they discovered Tim! He’d been asked by the museum to take over their social media while the museum was closed because of the pandemic. The result was hilarious, not to mention endearing. The man became famous almost overnight and all because he was inept at social media.


 But just because Tim was social media impaired, didn’t mean that people read his tweets and Instagram and made fun of him or hit him with rude comments, quite the opposite. His personality and love of the cowboy come through his trial and error attempts, and because of Tim, the museum’s Instagram followers increased by the thousands within days after he took over their social media. In fact, he became so popular so fast, CNN tracked him down for a phone interview. The result has been great for the museum and not only that, thousands of people have learned about the cowboy and other aspects of life in the old west. Soon other staff members were helping Tim out and creating different snippets of information to educate the public on the life of our beloved Cowboys.


 I myself hope to visit the National Cowboy Museum one day where I’m sure to meet Tim the security guard, Seth from marketing, and Michael Grauer, the McCasland Chair of Cowboy Culture/Curator of Cowboy Collections and Western Art.


 In the meantime, you can visit the museum’s website and take a virtual tour. Thanks to Tim, I’ve learned that it’s a fascinating place. I can also relate to his learning curve of tweeting, Instagram use, and other social media! Those of you who participated in Game Day yesterday can relate too I bet! If you’d like to check out the museum’s Instagram, you can find it here.

Just click on the photos to read what Tim and his cohorts have to say about them! There are video demonstrations of various aspects of cowboy life too!

 Have any of you been to a cowboy museum before? The closest I’ve come is the High Desert Museum outside of Bend, Oregon. Tell me what sort of old West or cowboy museums you’ve visited. If you haven’t, which ones would you like to?




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Kit Morgan is the author of over 100 books of historical and contemporary western romance! Her stories are fun, sweet stories full of love, laughter, and just a little bit of mayhem! Kit creates her stories in her little log cabin in the woods in the Pacific Northwest. An avid reader and knitter, when not writing, she can be found with either a book or a pair of knitting needles in her hands! Oh, and the occasional smidge of chocolate!

40 thoughts on “The National Cowboy Museum”

    • I stumbled across this when it first started back in March and added the museum to my Instagram (which I never use, I just like looking at everyone else’s) and look to see what Tim and the gang have to say every day.

  1. Tim’s tweets do look fun. Sometimes I dread social media because of all the drama that can get posted, but hit looks like he adds fun to the websites.

    • I so want to see Deadwood. I was going in June to Wild Deadwood Reads, which of course was cancelled because of the pandemic. I hope to go next year.

  2. I have not been to a cowboy museum. But, we had a cowboy spend a couple days with us this weekend. He told us all about his corral, mules, horses, dog, and cattle. He lives the mountains of Wyoming and treasures everything the mountain life affords. Such a joy to host him in our home. Loved the post today.

  3. Welcome Kit. What a wonderful time with Tim. Thanks for sharing. No I have never been to a cowboy museum other than Roy Rodgers and Dale Evans. But we were aquaintances so the museum was like just a fun place for memories. We lived among cowboys in CA, so I suppose I never thought about visiting a museum. Now I think this needs to be checked out.

      • We lived in the Mohave Dessert. – Apple Valley – Hesperia – Victorville and surrounding areas. I dont know if Roy Rogers museum in CA is still there. We visited his museum in Branson MI and I got to talk with some of the “kids” just before it closed

  4. I actually have been to the Cowboy Hall of Fame but it was many many years ago I was in my early teens so many + years ago. We also went to Will Rogers Memorial Museum while we were out that way. I remember both being very interesting. I would love to to go back to both one day

  5. Thanks for sharing about Tim! I work in the marketing department at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum and Tim is one of the nicest people you will ever meet. If you are ever out this way you should check out The Museum! It is very special and not something you will see everyday! Let me know if you are ever out this way! – Jenni

    • Hi Jenni! We here at Petticoats and Pistols are all about cowboys and the old west! As you can see, we are a group of 14 authors who love and write about cowboys, ranchers, love, and life in the west, both contemporary and historical. Tim has been a bright spot during this trying time. I stumbled across the museum’s Instagram back in March and have been following ever since. And yes, I plan to visit one day! I’m in love with the museum and am thrilled how the museum has gained so many new Instagram and Twitter followers over the last five months! The more people who learn about cowboys and the old west the better! You can reach me at Would love to stay in touch with the museum and do a more in-depth blog about it!

  6. Good Morning, I’ve just got to love Tim and his antics, even though now they are actually guided! Congrats to the National Cowboy Museum in OKC on the quarantine success because of Tim! I’ve been to several Cowboy related museums but can’t think of names off the top of my head. In support of our current unrest I would like to go to The Black Cowboy Museum in Rosenburg, Texas! I also want to go to the American Cowboy Museum in Houston and the National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum in Fort Worth, Texas. I thought of some I’ve been to, Stockyards Museum in Fort Worth, Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, National Cowgirl Museum in Fort Worth, Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame in Fort Worth…. it sounds like all you cowboy lovers need to get to Fort Worth, Texas. I need to revisit these museums because it has been many years since I went to them! Great blog!

    • I’ve been to the Stockyards Museum in Fort Worth. Sheesh, I forgot all about that! The other museaums you mentioned I would love to visit too. Hmmm, sounds like a fun road trip! I wonder what that would look like on a map?

  7. Is Warhol and the West really a thing? I follow this guy. He’s pretty fun. I’ve been to this museum, too. I wrote a book about a western artist and the OKC Cowboy Museum has a terrific art section with lots of Charlie Russel and Frederick Remington among many others. I just loved it and stayed forever!

  8. When we had an exchange student from Japan my sister knew stay with us for a couple of weeks, back in 1967 or so. He wanted to go see the Cowboy Hall of Fame. It was not NEARLY what it has become, but still was such an experience for all of us, since we lived in a small Oklahoma town and didn’t go to Oklahoma City very often for anything. That museum made a big impression on all of us.

    Fast forward 35 years later–who knew I’d be working there?The name has been changed since the old days to The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. I worked there for two years in security. I loved that job so much. Got to meet people from all over the world, and walk amid that gorgeous artwork every day–and even met a few celebrities and artists. It was a great job–didn’t pay as much as some others I had, but I loved it. It’s really a classy place and just beautiful. Worth visiting many times as they change the collections out from time to time.

    I am loving following Tim, too, Kit. I’m as bad or worse than he is about social media. I know nothing about instagram or twitter. LOL Great post. I was laughing as I was reading.

  9. My daughter, granddaughter and I visited the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum two years ago. What a spectacular place! We were very impressed with the display of artwork both contemporary and well known artists from the past. We spent most of one day there and felt like it wasn’t nearly enough time. A great place to visit with its displays of real life and Hollywood versions of Western Heritage. (We did get ourselves positioned correctly on the selfie marker.)

    A lot of our local museums have cowboys and ranch life included because that is part of our history.

    • Oh, wow, another person that’s been there. I have got to get out more often, Alice! I’m looking forward to see all the artwork as those who’ve been have commented on it.

  10. What a great blog, Kit. Thanks so much. I’ve been to the National Cowboy Museum with, as I recall Cheryl Pierson and Linda Broday, but it’s been several years ago. I believe we were at OWFI and we spent a lot of time together. But we’ve been together more than once. It’s awesome and I recall Cheryl knowing the inside out of the museum and gave us a ton of extra information and history. Love, love, loved it! Thanks again for a very informative blog. Hugs sister Filly

    • You too? My, it’s a popular place! LOL! How wonderful to get to go with Cheryl and Linda! Between fillies and our readers that said they’ve been there, I’m starting to feel left out! LOL! But then I was in Brooklyn, NY for four years. Now they have some museums. But no cowboy museums!

  11. If you’re ever in Indianapolis, check out the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art. Seriously, it’s one of our city’s great hidden gems. I interned there for a brief time in college and fell in love with the artwork and the history on display. They have a fantastic Christmas exhibit called “Jingle Rails” which has model train sets (all made of natural wood) featuring places out west as well as downtown Indy. We had so much fun going this past Christmas!

  12. Kit, We stopped by The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum about 3 years ago. It is wonderful and so big. We got a little bit of a late start and ran out of time to see it all. If or more likely when we get back to Oklahoma City, we will definitely be visiting it again and giving ourself a full day to enjoy it. It has such a wonderful variety of exhibits, there is something for everyone: wonderful artwork, movie and TV memorabilia, historical displays, exhibits on cowboy and rodeo life. Give yourself lots of time to linger and enjoy it all.
    We go to museums and historical sites on al of our trips. We have been to several others in Oklahoma, Texas, the Southwest, etc. that have centered on cowboy, native americans, settlers, etc. All have been excellent, informative, and enjoyable.

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