OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – The First Americans Museum will officially open to the public Sept. 18-19 for a Grand Opening Weekend.
It’s a day almost two decades in the making.
Construction on the ‘American Indian Cultural Center and Museum’ began in 2006, but came to an abrupt halt six years later when state funding for the project ran out.
Now, the First Americans Museum (FAM) is ready to share the stories of this land’s first peoples.
Museum officials say the doors will open 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, with extra entertainment, cultural demonstrations and activities occurring all weekend.
A tribal procession of Oklahoma’s 39 tribal nations will take place Saturday at 10:30 a.m., followed by remarks from tribal, city and museum leaders.
“We are thrilled to share with the public a premier venue dedicated to the history, art and cultural lifeways of First Americans in Oklahoma. We invite everyone to the long-awaited opening of FAM in September,” said James Pepper Henry, FAM director and CEO. “Those who attend the Grand Opening will be among the first to experience a national treasure that will be enjoyed for decades to come.”
Due to expected large crowds, opening weekend tickets must be purchased in advance.
Tickets go on sale Sunday, Aug. 1, at 10 a.m. for $5 per person, per day and can be purchased exclusively through the museum’s website. Admission for FAM members and children under 3 is free.
During Grand Opening Weekend only, no onsite parking will be available, with the exception of parking provided for visitors with disability parking placard credentials.
Free parking shuttle services will be available to transport visitors all weekend to and from designated parking sites, starting at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, and running throughout the weekend’s scheduled events.
FAM says it’s finalizing details for offsite paid parking and will provide updates on famok.org as more information becomes available.
To ensure everyone’s safety and enjoyment, FAM is following CDC COVID-19 guidelines for large group events. The museum’s campus will operate with timed entry tickets to ensure visitors have ample space to observe social distancing. Due to observance of health and safety protocols regarding capacity in enclosed spaces, access to FAM exhibition galleries may be limited on opening weekend. FAM encourages visitors to return on a future date to explore the extensive exhibit galleries. FAM is committed to providing universal access to our museum’s campus and all events. Please contact FAM to request additional disability accommodations. Advance notice is necessary to arrange for some accessibility needs.
To view a complete list of Grand Opening Weekend entertainment and activities, visit famok.org.