National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA240,000 SFCompletion 1997
Fentress won a national design competition to transform the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, in the process creating a monumental profile while improving circulation, functionality and flexible exhibition space.
The design provides for a cohesive presentation of a large Western art collection through the marriage of art and architecture. The design recalls the national vision that spurred 19th century westward expansion; covered wagons, tents, and rolling prairie forms inspired the rooflines, which mark the entry with a sweeping, peaked canopy. The interior’s generous open areas inspire dramatically lit exhibit spaces for a memorable visitor experience, attracting more than 225,000 people each year.