Did you know that the only ancient Egyptian mummy in Oklahoma is on display right in Shawnee? To see this and other fine art treasures, plan a visit to the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art!
In our effort to highlight all of the best museums in Oklahoma, we spoke with Delaynna Trim, the Curator of Collections at the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art, to share what makes this museum special, why you should visit, and what you need to know before you go.
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Everything You Need to Know to Plan Your Visit to the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art
Here’s what you need to know before you visit!
Where is the museum located?
The museum’s address is Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art, 1900 West MacArthur St. , Shawnee, OK 74804.
What topics does the museum cover?
The collection contains 8,000 years worth of art including ancient Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Native American, African, Oceanic, and Eastern art and artifacts, and art from the Middle Ages through the early 20th century.
What is your museum’s claim to fame?
The MGMoA has the only Egyptian mummies in the state of Oklahoma.
What is your favorite exhibit or artifact in the museum?
They are ALL our favorite!
What kinds of special exhibits and events do you host throughout the year?
The MGMoA hosts 5-6 special exhibits per year that feature regional artists, cultural exhibits, and a wide variety of art styles.
Are there guided tours available? What topics do they cover, how does someone sign up, and what languages are they held in?
The MGMoA has guided tours for groups of 10 or more that sign up on our website at least two weeks in advance. The tours are in English.
We can tailor the tour to a wide variety of subject areas from Ancient Egypt to Greece and Rome to Medieval – just let us know your focus.
How much time should someone plan to spend at the museum?
A typical visitor spends 1-2 hours at the museum, but that is entirely a personal preference.
What should someone bring with them and what items are not allowed in the museum?
Backpacks and large bags can be checked at the front desk. Food and drinks are not allowed in the galleries. No tripods are allowed without pre-arrangement.
Is photography allowed inside (without flash)?
Yes, photography without flash is allowed and encouraged! Feel free to tag us on social media.
How can one purchase tickets and how much do they cost? Can guests use credit cards?
Our admission is only $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and military, and $3 for college students and children 6 and over. Admission is at the front desk. We accept all major credit cards.
Does the museum have a bag check or coat room?
We have a bag check at the front desk.
What should parents of young children know before visiting the museum? What is there for kids to do?
We have scavenger hunts for the gallery that can earn you a prize out of the treasure chest!
We have family gallery guides, coloring sheets, and other interactive activities depending upon the exhibit.
Is the museum accessible?
What’s the coolest item for sale in the gift shop?
A floaty pen with one of our mummies floating out of her sarcophagus!
What’s the tastiest thing for sale in the cafe or snack stand?
The MGMoA does not have a cafe, but we do sell chocolate bars in the gift shop!
What are your normal days and hours of operation?
Tuesday – Saturday 10-5, Sunday 1-4
What should teachers planning a field trip know before reaching out to you?
We offer admission and busing scholarships. Field trips must be scheduled in advance through our website.
What else should a visitor know before visiting?
Prepare to be amazed!
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Stephanie is a born-and-bred Oklahoma mom and travel expert who has been to over fifty countries. After living in Eastern Europe for four years, she has moved with her family back to Oklahoma to write about her favorite places growing up: Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, & Route 66!