Tom Mix Museum – Dewey, Oklahoma - Atlas Obscura

Tom Mix Museum

Dewey, Oklahoma

This small-town museum is dedicated to the original western movie mega-star. 


The Tom Mix Museum remembers a Western film star who may not be as well known as John Wayne or Clint Eastwood, but whose body of work makes other stars seem like amateurs. 

Beginning with Cupid’s Roundup in 1918, the Pennsylvania-born Tom Mix starred in over 290 films, almost exclusively in the Western genre. While the vast majority of his huge body of work was in silent films, Mix’s clear delineation of heroic cowboys and shifty scoundrel villains would go on to inform, and arguably create the cowboy film genre.

The Tom Mix Museum, developed by a trio of businessmen in 1965, celebrates the late actor’s life and career with a collection of props and personal effects from throughout the man’s life. Displaying everything from saddles and costumes to guns and spurs, the displays recount Mix’s life both on and off screen as a swaggering man’s man. Despite the silence in most of his films, the Tom Mix Museum speaks volumes about his legacy.      

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