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 Center also operates a gift shop that is opened each day from 8:30am -4pm. The shop offers a variety of made-in-Oklahoma products as well as customized apparel for the City of Midwest City and State of Oklahoma.
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.