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  • Calendar
  • In the Mary Bratton Curtis Gallery: 

    Feb 3, 2014 - Mar 29, 2015 - Exhibit 40 /40 (I): Selections from the Collections Acquired 1975 - 1984.

  • Programs/Activities:

    Apr 11 Mary H Herron Memorial Kite Festival

    Fun for the whole family from 10 - 3 pm. at the Booker T. Washington Community Center, 1000 NW Haskell Pl., Idabel. All ages are invited to join us for a day of kite making and flying. 

    Apr 18 Flute Making Workshop

    Choctaw dancer, flute player, and flute maker, Presley Byington, will be at the Museum of the Red River to present the flute making workshop in the Mary H. Herron Community Conference Center on April 12, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.  In this workshop you will learn everything from carving the bamboo, to firing and drilling the holes. 


The Museum of the Red River

celebrates the world's artistic heritage, while emphasizing the contributions made to this heritage by the native peoples of the Americas.

Artifacts and related materials dating from prehistoric to contemporary times are collected, preserved, researched and exhibited in order to foster aesthetic appreciation, stimulate curiosity, and encourage further study. Complementary programs and activities provide additional learning opportunities to our audiences.

The Museum is also home to Acrocanthosaurus atokensis, the official State Dinosaur of Oklahoma. The most complete specimen of this 110 million year old fossil was recovered less than twenty miles away. A full size cast of the skeleton, nearly forty feet long and fourteen feet high, is displayed along with natural history specimens from around the world. Additional exhibits can be found in the Lifeways Gallery, Nathaniel & Lana Grey Gallery, Mary Bratton Curtis Gallery, Gregory Perino Archaeological Study Area, and Holland & Sallie Webb Learning Center.

This website provides but a glimpse of the Museum and its offerings. We hope users will be inspired and accept this as an invitation to come visit in person.

Visit us at 812 E. Lincoln Road, Idabel, Oklahoma or call us at 580-286-3616.

  • J. Marshall Gettys, collector and friend, scholar and author, passed away March 23, 2015. Editor of (and contributing author to) Basketry of Southeastern Indians (1984: Pot Sherd Press of the Museum of the Red River), Marshall was completing a new edition when he died. A recognized authority on native American crafts, particularly basketry, he was widely heralded for his own collections which he studied with loving care and attention. He was also a lively story teller including the many adventures he and his wife Sally had when acquiring the objects. Most of their collections are promised to the Museum of the Red River. Friends and family have established the J. Marshall Gettys Memorial Fund at the Museum to carry on his legacy of collections care, scholarship, and adventure. If you would like to join them, please click below.

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