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 8, 1998. The 3,810-square-foot facility was the 12th Oklahoma Welcome Center serving tourists throughout the state.
The Center is managed by 1 full-time Manager, 4 part-time staff members and 15 volunteers.
Promoting Tourism in Oklahoma
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.
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 Monday through Saturday from 8:30 am - 5:00 pm and Sunday noon to 5 pm. The shop offers a variety of made-in-Oklahoma food products as well as Oklahoma post cards and souvenirs.
Local & State Attractions
In addition, the center offers visitors information about local and state attractions and events as well as free coffee and clean restrooms.
The Oklahoma Tourist Information Center/Welcome Center in Midwest City is opened 7 days a week, except for Thanksgiving and Christmas day. Hours are from 8:30 am to 5 pm Monday through Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 pm. For more information, call (405) 739-8232, or firstname.lastname@example.org.