Young boys arrived at the Oklahoma Military Academy to live to learn and to learn to live. They left as young men. The Oklahoma Military Academy Museum tells the story of the more than 10,000 cadets who attended from 1919 to 1971.
The museum collects, preserves, and exhibits items relevant to the school’s history including a recreated typical cadet room and a bust of Lt. Gen. William E. Potts who is the highest-ranking alumnus of OMA. OMA created a proud heritage having served the state and nation for 52 years.
More than 2,500 OMA graduates served in the United States Armed Forces in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam conflict. More than 100 OMA cadets gave their lives for their country. The Oklahoma Military Academy Museum pays tribute to the young men who attended this great institution.
In its day, OMA was hailed as the West Point of the Southwest. OMA was a cavalry school until the mid-1940s when tanks arrived. During this time OMA fielded strong polo teams. The legendary Will Rogers was a strong supporter of OMA.
The building was originally named Maurice Meyer Barracks in honor of Sergeant Maurice Meyer who was killed by German shrapnel in World War I. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Location & Hours
8:00 am – 5:00 pm | Monday – Friday except holidays | 918-343-6888
The OMA Museum is located on the RSU Campus on the second floor of Meyer Hall. Meyer Hall is the second building on the left when entering the campus. The Will Rogers Memorial is located across the street. Parking is available in front of the flagpole or behind the building.
OMA Alumni Office, Meyer Hall
Rogers State University
1701 W. Will Rogers Blvd.
Claremore, OK 74017
OMA Museum Restoration Update
Letter from John Wooley
As a consultant for the restoration of the Oklahoma Military Academy Museum, I’m happy and excited to share with you the plans to make this museum into a world-class tourist destination. The updates will keep the unique story of OMA and its people front and center while enlightening new generations on the lasting legacy of the West Point of the Southwest.
The OMA Board of Directors, Dr. Boyle and her staff at the OMA Alumni office have already begun laying the groundwork for this major project. Tentative plans call for the museum to be divided into three wings, with the first one covering the period between the school’s beginning the the end of 1941 and the start of the World War II. The second wing will be dedicated to the war years, and OMA’s role in turning out officers for the world’s battlegrounds. The third will begin in 1947 and the end in 1971, when the OMA flag was finally lowered from the flagpole on ‘The Hill’, marking the end of the school and the beginning of what would eventually become Rogers State University.
Also under consideration for the refurbished museum is a meeting room that can also be used as a classroom – embellished, like the other sections of the museum, with fascinating OMA artifacts.
In order to remain both relevant and engaging to their patrons, today’s museums must use interactive components to not only entertain, but also to get their stories across. We’re lucky and blessed to have Dr. Bob Blackburn, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Historical Society, advising us on what we can do to make sure the OMA story continues to be viable and compelling as the years go by.
“For me, its personal,” said Dr. Blackburn. “It’s my family heritage. My dad taught Government and History at OMA, and when I was a kid, I spent a lot of time in the tank they had up on ‘The Hill’.”
He remembers that climbing onto that old vehicle triggered thoughts of battle field heroics, of giving your best effort, your all, for your country. That’s just one of the feelings we’re striving to evoke in the minds of visitors to the upcoming redesigned museum, as they walk the same ground that you walked as cadets, visit one of the same buildings, and, we hope, get a little glimpse of what it must’ve been like to live the life you led.
It’s an honor to be working with you again.