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The Woody Guthrie Center® preserves his legacy and presents the social, political, and cultural values found in his vast body of work through curated exhibits, programs, and outreach. By showing how Woody Guthrie used his creativity to express the world around him, the center encourages others to find their own voices and the power that lies within the creative process.

You can explore the Woody Guthrie Center virtually through this YouTube playlist.

Permanent Exhibit

  • 15-minute introductory film to the life of Woody Guthrie and his influences looped throughout the day in the center’s theater
  • Woody’s Footsteps interactive timeline wall that follows his travels from Okemah, Oklahoma, to Pampa, Texas, then on to Los Angeles and New York
  • The Dust Bowl area where visitors can learn more about the era and its effect on Woody through a Dust Bowl virtual reality experience, view an excerpt from Ken Burn’s documentary, and listen to Woody’s Dust Bowl Ballads
  • Woody’s America interactive map that includes information about Woody’s life, music history, as well as Oklahoma, U.S., and world history
  • Music Bar for listening to Woody’s recorded songs
  • Lyric Journal of Woody’s lyrics according to selected topics
  • Lyric Writing Station for composing an original verse to a song and submitting to the database
  • Exhibits and videos of artists who continue Woody’s tradition of writing what they see
  • The original handwritten lyrics of “This Land is Your Land” and videos of others’ renditions of the song
  • Woody’s fiddle, guitar, banjo, and mandolin
 
In addition to on-site programming and high-profile traveling exhibits, we have curated virtual exhibits so people can experience Woody Guthrie Center from anywhere. Also check out our calendar of events.
Roots, Rock, and Rebels: The Photography of Henry Diltz exhibit at the Woody Guthrie Center
September 4, 2020
- May 20, 2021
Roots, Rock, and Rebels: The Photography of Henry Diltz exhibit at the Woody Guthrie Center
Diltz’s photos of 1960s Laurel Canyon musicians are legendary, but his work extends far beyond the era and location. Through the decades he’s worked with major artists, from The Doors to the Rolling Stones, Garth Brooks to Kurt Cobain. The exhibit delves into Diltz’s artistry behind the lens.
Take Me Out to the Ball Game: Popular Music and the National Pastime exhibit at the Woody Guthrie Center
Ongoing
Take Me Out to the Ball Game: Popular Music and the National Pastime exhibit at the Woody Guthrie Center
Folk the Vote online takes a deep dive into the sometimes-messy intersection of music and politics, showing how politics of the past affected artists’ ability to speak truth to power.
For the Good Times: The Artistry of Kris Kristofferson exhibit at the Woody Guthrie Center
Ongoing
For the Good Times: The Artistry of Kris Kristofferson exhibit at the Woody Guthrie Center
Folk the Vote highlights the connection between music and politics. ​As an educational and outreach initiative of the Woody Guthrie Center, Folk the Vote has been the theme of community voter registration drives, voter education, early voting wayfinding, online panel discussions educating the public about issues in the current election cycle, spotlight exhibit cases at the center, and a digital exhibit.
Roots, Rock, and Rebels: The Photography of Henry Diltz exhibit at the Woody Guthrie Center
September 4, 2020
- May 20, 2021
Roots, Rock, and Rebels: The Photography of Henry Diltz exhibit at the Woody Guthrie Center
Diltz’s photos of 1960s Laurel Canyon musicians are legendary, but his work extends far beyond the era and location. Through the decades he’s worked with major artists, from The Doors to the Rolling Stones, Garth Brooks to Kurt Cobain. The exhibit delves into Diltz’s artistry behind the lens.
Take Me Out to the Ball Game: Popular Music and the National Pastime exhibit at the Woody Guthrie Center
Ongoing
Take Me Out to the Ball Game: Popular Music and the National Pastime exhibit at the Woody Guthrie Center
Folk the Vote online takes a deep dive into the sometimes-messy intersection of music and politics, showing how politics of the past affected artists’ ability to speak truth to power.
For the Good Times: The Artistry of Kris Kristofferson exhibit at the Woody Guthrie Center
Ongoing
For the Good Times: The Artistry of Kris Kristofferson exhibit at the Woody Guthrie Center
Folk the Vote highlights the connection between music and politics. ​As an educational and outreach initiative of the Woody Guthrie Center, Folk the Vote has been the theme of community voter registration drives, voter education, early voting wayfinding, online panel discussions educating the public about issues in the current election cycle, spotlight exhibit cases at the center, and a digital exhibit.

PAST EXHIBITS

Black Line
January 24-April 29, 2019
August 30, 2018-January 13, 2019
May 17-August 19, 2018