Museum of the Red River: Preserving Treasures in Oklahoma

Opened in 1975 with the vision of preserving cultural history and artifacts of the region, the Museum of the Red River underwent a major revision in the 1980’s, broadening its mission to include art and archeology from North, Central, and South America. Today the Museum is the largest exhibiting facility of its kind within 150 miles. One visit is not nearly enough to do it justice!

A title board reading: Oklahoma's Museum of the Red River.More than 30,000 cultural objects from six different continents make us the Museum of the Red River Collection. Most of the treasures are ethnographic art ranging from prehistoric to contemporary times. Hundreds of mineral and fossils are also included, the highlight of which is a cast of Acrocanthposaurus atokensis, one of North America’s largest dinosaurs, reaching approximately 38 feet in length. Each year the collection grows, thanks to generous donations.

In addition to the collection, the Museum currently has three exhibits on display. Lifeways: How People Live delves into the everyday objects that define a people and culture. Masks of Africa showcases ceremonial masks used to celebrate rites of passage, such as birthdays, puberty, and death. As cultural Amazônicas tells the story of the Amazonian Basin, and how development and exploitation are affecting native peoples and cultures.

Museum of the Red River
812 East Lincoln Road, Idabel, OK
580-286-3616
Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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