woody guthrie center EXHIBITS


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.


Black Line
“Woody Guthrie: People Are the Song,” a special exhibition focusing on Woody Guthrie’s songs, artwork and prose, all in tribute and reverence for the people in this world.