The Gene Autry Oklahoma Museum in Gene Autry, Oklahoma, will be open throughout the holidays, closing only on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
Additional hours are available on a by appointment basis for groups. The telephone number for the museum is 580-294-3335
The Gene Autry Oklahoma Museum has preserved the cowboy culture as exhibited by the Singing Cowboys of the 1930s, 40s, and 50s both in the movies and in television series. The Gene Autry Oklahoma Museum claims to have the world’s largest Collection of Gene Autry and singing cowboy memorabilia on permanent display. Gene Autry is a town in Carter County in the south central part of the state.
On November 16, 1941, the town was renamed “Gene Autry” to honor the singer and motion picture star. Though Autry was born in Tioga, Texas, his family moved to Oklahoma while he was an infant. He was raised in the southern Oklahoma towns of Achille and Ravia. In 1939, he bought the 1,200-acre Flying A Ranch on the west edge of town, and the town decided to honor him by changing its name. Approximately 35,000 people attended the ceremonies broadcast live from the site on Autry’s Melody Ranch radio show.