Experience museums, restaurants, historical sites, shopping and more at these nearby getaways.
Historic downtown Claremore includes more than 400 antique dealers.
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The name Will Rogers is undeniably linked to Claremore. The town where he was born celebrates the man and his achievements and embodies many of the same endearing characteristics that Rogers himself possessed.
Will Rogers Memorial Museums
The Will Rogers Memorial Museums opened in 1938. Will Rogers purchased the 20 acres of land in 1911 and donated them for the museum’s use, while the nearby archives hold the most extensive collection of documents relating to Rogers in the world.
The museum itself features a number of exhibits, including galleries, three theaters, a children’s museum and the Rogers family tomb. Each day, one of Rogers’ 21 “talkies” is shown in the Will Rogers Mini Theater.
Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., daily
Admission: $5, adults; $4, seniors age 62 and older and military; free, children age 17 and under
1720 W. Will Rogers Blvd. • 918-341-0719 • www.willrogers.com
Will Rogers Downs
The Will Rogers Downs, located off Highway 20, is “Oklahoma’s No. 1 racino” and boasts an exciting racing season and bustling nightlife. Quarterhorse racing is featured from September through November, and thoroughbreds are raced from March through May. The Downs are home to a one-mile racetrack that seats 2,700 people and 42,000 square feet of meeting and banquet halls.
Hours: 11 a.m.-1 a.m., Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-4 a.m., Friday; 10 a.m.-4 a.m., Saturday; 10 a.m.-1 a.m., Sunday; 10 a.m. simulcast daily
20900 S. 4200 Road • 918-343-5900 • www.cherokeestarrewards.com
J.M. Davis Arms and Historical Museum
At age 7, J.M. Davis received his first gun, beginning a collection that he cultivated until his death. His collection is now on display at the J.M. Davis Arms and Historical Museum, which opened in 1969.
The museum houses the largest gun collection in the world, with more than 13,000 guns on display. It also is home to other artifacts, including saddles, spurs, musical instruments, World War I memorabilia and presidential campaign buttons and ribbons. Admission is free.
Hours: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday; 1-5 p.m., Sunday, mid-March-October. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and Sundays from November-mid-March.
330 N. J.M. Davis Blvd. • 918-341-5707 • www.thegunmuseum.com
Where to eat
Hammett House Restaurant
Hammett House, a family-owned restaurant serving food with “Southern hospitality,” is most famous for its “Sky-High Pie.” The restaurant has been featured in such publications as Discover Oklahoma.
Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Sunday
1616 W. Will Rogers Blvd. • 918-341-7333 • www.hammetthouse.com
This restaurant, so named for its unmistakably pink hue, opened in 1982 with the mission to create a place where family and friends could relax over a pot of tea. Pink House offers homemade casseroles, quiches, sandwiches, salads, soups and homemade desserts.
Hours: 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday-Saturday; 5-8 p.m. Friday
210 W. Fourth St. • 918-342-2544 • www.pinkhouseofclaremore.com