Osage Nation Museum
The premiere destination to experience Osage history, art, and culture. Visit the Osage Nation Museum in historic Pawhuska, Oklahoma. Our continuously changing exhibits convey the story of the Osage people throughout history and celebrate Osage culture today. Highlights include an extensive photograph collection, historical artifacts, and traditional and contemporary art. Founded in 1938, the ONM is the oldest tribally owned museum in the United States.
Osage County Historical Society Museum
Housed in an old Santa Fe depot, exhibits feature western life, pioneer life, early day oil industry, Native American life, and Boy Scout displays. Pawhuska was home to the first organized, uniformed Boy Scouts troop in America, chartered in 1909 by a missionary sent from the Church of England. Branding irons, saddles and a real ranch chuck wagon are on display, along with information on famous oilmen and boom towns within the county. Two rail cars and a restored one room country schoolhouse are also on site.
Immaculate Conception Church is home to glorious stained glass windows depicting living tribal members. Handcrafted in Germany, the project could only begin after receiving special permission from the Vatican in 1919.
The Swinging Bridge
This famous Pawhuska-area wonder was built in 1926 to provide a link to downtown for hundreds of residents on the south side of Bird creek. The 120 foot long suspension bridge rises high over the creek, making it less flood prone than other bridges. After the construction of Bluestem lake, the flooding is much less frequent, but the bridge remains a well kept secret for people that want a cheap (free actually) thrill; the bridge swings as you walk across it. You can access the north side of the bridge at the corner of Osage Ave (also Kihekah Ave.) and 2nd St.
Nearby Can’t-Miss Interests
Tallgrass Prairie Preserve
The Tallgrass Prairie Preserve is the largest (39,000 acres) protected remnant of tallgrass prairie left on earth. Originally spanning portions of 14 states from Texas to Minnesota, urban sprawl and conversion to cropland have left less than 10% of this magnificent American landscape. Since 1989, the Conservancy has proven successful at restoring this fully-functioning portion of the tallgrass prairie ecosystem with the use of about 2,500 free-ranging bison and a "patch-burn" model approach to prescribed burning.
Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve
The name of the Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve is derived from three words - woods, lakes and rock. Although these words say so much about the natural environment, they don’t begin to describe everything Woolaroc has to offer.
This Bartlesville establishment serves as a working ranch, museum and wildlife preserve that welcomes countless visitors each year. The 3,600-acre property was established in 1925 as a retreat for oilman and founder of Phillips Petroleum Company, Frank Phillips. Today, the Woolaroc Museum & Wildlife Preserve is an educational and entertaining hub situated in the breathtaking Osage Hills of northeast Oklahoma.
We love our fellow Pawhuskans! Here are some other places to eat and shop in town.
The French Nest
Spurs and Arrows
Big County Pawn
Tallgrass Art Gallery
Prairie Pickens Boutique Mall
The Gypsy Cowgirl
Kirk's Korner Jewerly
Crystal Barber Shop