OKLAHOMA CITY (Nov. 3, 2016) – For the first time in nearly a decade, the Oklahoma Hall of Fame at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum will unveil recent renovations and a new permanent exhibit during its annual Statehood Day Festival on Nov. 12. The Museum will also offer free admission for all guests on Nov. 12.
The “Picture Yourself” gallery will inspire visitors as they step into life-size, gilded frames and experience first-hand the singular contributions of Oklahoma Hall of Fame members.
The inaugural exhibit will feature three, immersive experiences where museum guests can become a meteorologist warning of inclement weather, an astronaut floating in space or a cowboy staying atop a bucking bronco. Special lighting and strategically placed cameras provide realistic pictures of guests' unique moments.
In addition to the interactive scenes, “Picture Yourself” features one-of-a-kind displays of personal items on loan from Oklahoma Hall of Famers who inspired the moments depicted in the exhibit, including items from Thomas Stafford, Jim Shoulders, Jerrie Cobb, Will Rogers and more.
“Our mission at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame has always been to tell Oklahoma’s story through its people,” said Shannon L. Rich, the museum’s CEO. “In designing this exhibit, we wanted to create a unique, immersive experience while being inspired by Oklahomans who have gone before them or led the way.”
“Picture Yourself” features nine experiences in all, and three will be showcased every six months beginning in November. With each visit, guests will find new reasons to take pride in their state. Visitors are also encouraged to use the official “Picture Yourself” hashtag: #OHOFPictureYourself
Other scenes that will be rotated onto display in coming months include a basketball slam dunk, an airplane cockpit, a surgical operating room, a super star spotlight and more.
The exhibit was designed and installed by Roto, a museum design group based in Dublin, Ohio. Roto has created museum exhibits for institutions across the country, including the “CurioCity” exhibit at Science Museum Oklahoma in Oklahoma City.
“The realism of the backdrops and the props are incredible,” Rich said. “Everything in the design, down to the placement and intensity of the lights, contributes to the illusion that visitors really are slam dunking a basketball in a packed arena or floating on the International Space Station.”
In addition to the “Picture Yourself” gallery, recent renovations include new signage making it easier for guests to find their way through the museum and technology and equipment upgrades in “The Chickasaw Nation Oklahoma Through Its People” gallery.
That interactive gallery celebrates five key characteristics of Oklahomans: perseverance, pioneer spirit, optimism, generosity and individualism. Custom video-driven exhibits created for each characteristic each feature six Oklahomans, past and present, who have displayed that attribute in their lives.
“Oklahoma’s story is still being written,” Rich said, “and it’s our hope that learning about those who built our state will inspire the next generation to achieve great things. With the new exhibit, museum updates and additional programming, the Gaylord-Pickens Museum is more interactive than ever before, offering families a fun and exciting way to learn about our state and its incredible people.”
The annual Statehood Day Festival celebrates Oklahoma's 109th birthday with free admission on Nov. 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. In addition to the opening of “Picture Yourself,” activities include the Young Entrepreneur & Artist Market, the unveiling of the 2016 Oklahoma Hall of Fame portraits, a book signing, an inflatable on the front lawn and food trucks – including Mamma Oaktree’s Kitchen and Ice Cream Delight OKC.
The Oklahoma Hall of Fame at the Gaylord-Pickens Museum is located at NW 13 and Shartel Avenue in Oklahoma City’s Midtown District. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for seniors and students. Group rates are available. For more information about the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, call (405) 235-4458 or go to OklahomaHOF.com.