EFFECTIVE MARCH 16, 2020
In cooperation with the City of Oklahoma City's State of Emergency, the Harn Homestead Museum will be closed to the public from Monday, March 16th-Friday, April 3rd. The Homeschool Day scheduled for March 18th has been cancelled. Harn Homestead's Fairy Tale Forest scheduled for April 4th has been postponed. Please contact Education Director David Sapper regarding all field trips scheduled through April 3rd at [email protected] Please contact Event Director Kelly Frye regarding all scheduled private rentals through April 3rd at [email protected] Currently, the staff plans to remain in the office during its regular hours of operation as the space permits for safe social distancing. Please note that all of this is subject to change as the staff navigates this unprecedented moment in our nation's history. Thank you for your patience.
- Why Is the Museum Closed Until 1:30 p.m. today?
Because the museum's primary audience are our elementary-aged students, the museum has opted to remain closed to the public during all scheduled field trips and Homeschool Days. Programming runs from 10:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and general admission guests are welcome as soon as students depart the grounds. When in doubt, contact us in advance or check the Calendar page before your visit.
- Why Aren't You Open on the Weekends?
Most of our weekends are booked for private events and the parties who rent the property would like privacy on their special day, so we make sure to provide that for them. The museum's largest audience are visiting field trip groups and since they typically visit Monday-Friday, this is what works best for all parties here at the Harn Homestead. Please note our Events section on the website for After-Hours and weekend openings occurring seasonally throughout the year.
- Why does the Harn House tour require a guide?
We have multiple artifacts inside the Harn House that are on loan from other institutions. Some of the contractual requirements attached to those artifacts are that a staff member or volunteer be present at any time the house is open to the public. We have scheduled three daily tours to try and coincide both with when we most often have visitors and when we will have staff members available to give them. You will also note that field trip groups have greater access within our historic buildings, in particular the Schoolhouse, and that is again because there is a staff member or volunteer present at all times with our visitors.
- Is There Anything Else I Should Know in Advance?
Food and drink (other than bottled water) is not allowed in the Harn House. Photography is allowed throughout the property. Please remember to tag the Harn Homestead's Facebook page or Instagram on social media rather than the unofficial pages that have popped up in both places.