The Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department and the City of Midwest City celebrated the grand opening of the Oklahoma Welcome Center in Midwest City on October 8th 1998. The 3,810 square-foot facility was the 12th Oklahoma Welcome Center serving tourist throughout the state.
The Oklahoma Welcome Center in Midwest City represents a unique state/city partnership in promoting Oklahoma tourism. The state covered the cost of designing and building the state-of-the-art facility. The City of Midwest City operates and maintains the facility. The Center is managed by one full-time Manager, two part-time staff members and 15 volunteers.
Because of its location in a town built to assist Tinker Air Force Base, the Center provides an excellent opportunity to showcase the state’s contributions to air travel and defense.
The Oklahoma Welcome Center in Midwest City features include a 21-foot mural, entitled “Oklahoma: A Rich Tradition of Aviation History,” The mural, which depicts Oklahoma aviator Wiley Post’s aircraft, the Winnie Mae, alongside a new B-2 stealth bomber, emphasizes the state’s fabled history as well as its promising future in aviation.
The Welcome Center gift shop is open daily from 8:30 am to 5 pm. We offer a variety of Made in Oklahoma food products as well as fun and unique Oklahoma souvenirs, rose rocks and Native American gifts and toys.
In addition, the Oklahoma Welcome Center in Midwest City offers visitor information about local and state attractions and events as well as free coffee and clean restrooms.