Oklahomans are coming to the Noggins Museum for the first time in more than 20 years.
The museum opened its doors to the public on Monday, and for the past three years, visitors have been allowed to tour the grounds with the view from a viewing platform.
The Noggis Museum of Science, History and Culture opened to the general public in 1953 and is the oldest museum in Oklahoma and one of the oldest in the nation.
It houses thousands of items from the Nogs collection, including the famous glass statue of his wife, Ada, and the original bronze sculpture of a woman on her knees, which was featured on the show “The Nogini Saga.”
For most of the 20th century, Oklahoman families were the only ones allowed to visit the museum.
The Oklahan Civil Rights movement ended with the Supreme Court ruling in 1964 that people of color and other minorities couldn’t go to public accommodations.
The museum was established in 1955.
The building, which had previously housed the Oklaho-Chattanooga National Railroad, was built as the Noguez’s Home Depot in 1957.
In 1957, the NOGs daughter, Hattie, was born in the home.
The original Nogus were also a member of the National Rifle Association, which is known for its advocacy of gun rights and gun control.
The Noguses were members of the American Legion.
The family moved to Anchorage, Alaska in 1962, when Hattie was 12.