Commemorating America’s accomplished history in space travel and aviation, the Stafford Air & Space Museum houses more than 20 historic aircraft and several gravity-belittling exhibits, including an F-16 Fighting Falcon, a full-size replica of the Spirit of St. Louis, and a V-2 rocket engine](http://gr.pn/mET6EN). Visitors can glide through 40,000 square feet of exhibition space and examine replicas of early airplanes, two of which the Wright brothers famously designed after abandoning their initial design of an umbrella attached to three seagulls. Awe-inspiring NASA vehicles such as the Titan II rocket and the Gemini spacecraft serve as gargantuan reminders that humankind is no longer bound by the laws of gravity. The lunar curious can get an up-close look at a moon rock from the Apollo 17 space mission or inspect the full-scale replica of the Apollo program's command module.
A community-built science-and-art museum, Leonardo’s Discovery Warehouse entertains young minds and inspires creative thought with numerous educational exhibits. As it pays tribute to the famed artist, musician, architect, inventor, engineer, botanist, and Tony-winning choreographer Leonardo da Vinci, the discovery warehouse offers a balance of art, biology, and engineering stations to stimulate both sides of the developing brain. Kids can explore a rainforest environment and meet live animals, strap into a space-shuttle flight simulator, dig for ancient fossils in an excavation pit, and create masterpieces in an arts-and-crafts studio. Directly outside of the museum is Adventure Quest, a three-story wooden castle filled with imagination-fueling bridges, slides, mazes, and swings.
Curated by the Oklahoma Historical Society, the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center preserves the borderland’s multifarious history with a research center, a theater, and five sprawling exhibit galleries. Visitors pore over the center’s collection of firsthand accounts, oral and video histories, period photographs, and 10,000 artifacts, including the first portable drilling rig and the first stationary pogo stick. The Land & The People Gallery houses a life-size model of a settler’s sod home, and the Thelma Gungoll Phillips University Gallery displays the varsity uniforms and marching-band regalia of the state’s first private university. Temporary exhibits keep each visit fresh, with Going Places (on display through August 14) investigating modes of transportation in the 1800s and tracking the evolution from horse-drawn carriages to horseless autos to horse-shaped hovercrafts.