When you come visit the Claremore Museum of History you will find unique items from history and explore the Collections of Lynn Riggs, who wrote the play that became Oklahoma!, Patti Page who was a pop sensation, Andy Payne who won the 1st Bunion Derby race across America and Apollo 14 artifacts from astronaut Stuart A. Roosa, who circled the moon in the Apollo missions.
The exhibits share the history and connect the community of Claremore. And you can see "the surrey with the fringe on top," from the film Oklahoma!
Tuesday - Friday 11 am - 4 pm
Saturday 11 am - 3 pm
In 2011, a group of local citizens identified a need to have a museum that showed local history. Those citizens identified the old Will Rogers Library as the property that would be the best location for the museum. The library is located diagonally from the former location of Claremore High School. The City of Claremore owns the old Will Rogers Library building which was built in 1936 as a WPA project and was the first building dedicated to Will Rogers. The museum operated as a project of the Rogers County Historical Society until May 2015 when the museum was incorporated as the Claremore Museum of History. Tom Pool, former mayor and former history teacher, was the first President of the museum.
The museum started operations with a large, active group of volunteers. Dr. Bob Blackburn, executive director of the Oklahoma Historical Society, was consulted to get his suggestions on the museum. Suzanne and Hays Gilstrap became museum board members in 2015. Suzanne chaired the museum event committee that organized the many fine museum events, and Hays became the second museum President. In November of 2017, the museum hired Andy Couch as its first Executive Director/Curator. He has increased community collaboration, and community based programming. Mr. Couch has also enhanced exhibits, acquired historic collections, and has led the museum to become part of a national best practices change network called OF/BY/FOR ALL. Our mission at the Claremore Museum of History (MoH) is to create engaging experiences that celebrate history, connect community, and inspire creativity.