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Museums and Historic Sites

While your visiting Rogers State University, take some time to visit some Claremore's historic sites.

Oklahoma Military Academy Museum
You don’t have to travel far from the RSU campus in Claremore to visit several nationally recognized historic sites. In fact, you don’t have to leave the campus. The museum is located on the second floor of Meyer Hall and tells the story of the more than 10,000 cadets who attended the esteemed institution (the predecessor of RSU) from 1919 to 1971.

Will Rogers Memorial & Museums
Located just across the street from the campus, the museums are one of Oklahoma’s top tourist attractions. This is the seminal museum on America’s favorite son and features exhibits of art, artifacts, and memorabilia (including original paintings by Charles Russell, Charles Banks Wilson, and others); internationally recognized library and archives; the Rogers family tomb; statues of Will Rogers; theaters; and a special children’s museum. The Will Rogers Birthplace and Ranch are located nearby in Oologah, Okla. (RSU and the Will Rogers Memorial and Museums are presently discussing a merger of the two institutions.)

Did someone say road trip?

There are historic and quirky tourist destinations nearby, especially along the famous Route 66.

Blue Whale
One of the most recognizable icons on Route 66, the attraction was built by Hugh Davis in the early 1970s as an anniversary gift to his wife Zelta, who collected whale figurines. An absolute must stop!

J.M. Davis Arms & Historical Museum
The 40,000 sq. ft. museum on Historic U.S. Route 66 Highway houses a collection of items as diverse as the people and the culture it represents. The museum is operated by the State of Oklahoma and admission is free.