The Museum of the Red River

celebrates the world's artistic heritage, while emphasizing the contributions made to this heritage by the native peoples of the Americas.

Artifacts and related materials dating from prehistoric to contemporary times are collected, preserved, researched and exhibited in order to foster aesthetic appreciation, stimulate curiosity, and encourage further study. Complementary programs and activities provide additional learning opportunities to our audiences.

The Museum is also home to Acrocanthosaurus atokensis, the official State Dinosaur of Oklahoma. The most complete specimen of this 110 million year old fossil was recovered less than twenty miles away. A full size cast of the skeleton, nearly forty feet long and fourteen feet high, is displayed along with natural history specimens from around the world. Additional exhibits can be found in the Lifeways Gallery, Nathaniel & Lana Grey Gallery, Mary Bratton Curtis Gallery, Gregory Perino Archaeological Study Area, and Holland & Sallie Webb Learning Center.

This website provides but a glimpse of the Museum and its offerings. We hope users will be inspired and accept this as an invitation to come visit in person.

Visit us at 812 E. Lincoln Road, Idabel, Oklahoma or call us at 580-286-3616.

$4 Million Expansion set at Museum of the Red River 

The need for more storage and for more space to serve the public has spurred the boards for the Museum of the Red River to announce a fourth major museum renovation will get started this winter. Starting Dec. 1, the museum building will be closed to the public as construction begins. The construction will continue through 2016 with a "quiet opening" in the Spring of 2017. 

The exhibits, programs and museum store will continue to be hosted in the Mary H. Herron Community Conference Center Room during the approximately 16 months of work. Details of the $4 million project were announced by the boards of Herron Foundation, Inc. and the Idabel Museum Society after a recent meeting at which final architectural plans of Newcomb Associates, Fort Gibson, were presented.

Major public service programs with a full schedule of exhibits, children's programs, camps, and most of the annual events will take place as usual. Room rentals in the Mary H. Herron Community Conference Center will be curtailed since the Jack Bell Hall will be used as the Museum gallery during construction.


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