Will Rogers Museum

A Will Rogers statue stands outside the Will Rogers Museum in Claremore. Tulsa World file

CLAREMORE — The Will Rogers Memorial Museum in Claremore and the Birthplace Ranch in Oologah are preparing to reopen Monday, June 1, after being closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Although the museums will be open to visitors, all Oklahoma Historical Society-sponsored events have been canceled or postponed through July 31.

“Special sanitation measures will be taken for the reopening,” said Tad Jones, executive director of the Will Rogers Memorial Museum and Birthplace Ranch. “The Children’s Museum will remain closed for now, but we hope to reopen it soon.”

For those unable to personally come to the Memorial Museum or Birthplace Ranch, visits to the galleries and the house where Rogers was born are featured through 60-second presentations by Andy Hogan, a Rogers interpreter and museum tour guide, on the Will Rogers Memorial Museum’s Facebook page.

Also available on the museum’s Facebook page are educational activities and crafts by Stephanie Hunter, the museum’s activities and education coordinator, with help from Hands-On Historian volunteers.

Visit willrogers.com for announcements about special events including the Aug. 15 Will Rogers & Wiley Post Fly-In at the Birthplace Ranch and information regarding entries in the second annual Will Rogers Motion Picture Festival, scheduled to coincide with the celebration of Rogers’ birthday Nov. 4.


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