OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – The First Americans Museum will officially open its doors to the public from September 18 to 19 for an opening weekend.
It is a day that has been preparing for almost two decades.
Construction of 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.
The struggling cultural center fought for funding, but lawmakers refused to write another check.
In 2016, the project was finally revived in an agreement between the state and a partnership between the city of Oklahoma City and the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma.
Now the First Americans Museum (FAM) is ready to share the stories of the first people of this land.
Museum officials say the doors will open at 8 a.m. on Saturday, September 18, with additional entertainment, cultural demonstrations and activities taking place throughout the weekend.
A tribal procession of Oklahoma’s 39 tribal nations will take place at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, followed by remarks from tribal, city and museum leaders.
“We are delighted to share with the public a premier place dedicated to the history, art and cultural ways of life of early Americans in Oklahoma. We invite everyone to the long-awaited FAM opening in September, ”said James Pepper Henry, FAM Director and CEO. “Those who attend the grand opening will be among the first to discover a national treasure that they will enjoy for decades to come. “
Due to the large crowds expected, opening weekend tickets must be purchased in advance.
Tickets go on sale Sunday, August 1 at 10 a.m. for $ 5 per person per day and can be purchased exclusively through the museum’s website. Entry for FAM members and children under 3 is free.
During the Grand Opening Weekend only, no on-site parking will be available, with the exception of parking provided for visitors with a disabled parking tag.
Free parking shuttle services will be available to transport visitors all weekend to and from designated parking sites, starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday, September 18 and throughout scheduled weekend events.
The FAM says it is finalizing the details of paid off-site parking and will provide updates on famok.org as more information becomes available.
To ensure everyone’s safety and enjoyment, FAM follows CDC COVID-19 guidelines for large group events. The museum campus will operate with timed entrance tickets to ensure visitors have enough space to observe social distancing. Due to compliance with health and safety protocols regarding capacity in confined spaces, access to FAM exhibition galleries may be limited on opening weekends. FAM encourages visitors to return at a later date to explore the extensive exhibition galleries. FAM is committed to providing universal access to our museum campus and all events. Please contact FAM to request additional accommodations for disabled people. Prior notice is required to make arrangements for some accessibility needs.
For a full list of opening weekend entertainment and activities, visit famok.org.
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