Wakita, Oklahoma: Twister The Movie MuseumIn a little red brick former auto parts store that was the 1995 film's on-location office.
- 101 W. Main St., Wakita, OK
- I-35 exit 222. Drive west on Hwy 11 for 32 miles, then north on Hwy 11A for five miles, then east on Main Street for a half-mile into town.
- Summer T-Sa 1-5, or by appt. (Call to verify)
- Free, but Donations are appreciated.
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Twister Movie Museum
Twister is one of my favorite movies, so I had to make a detour to Oklahoma to see the Twister Museum (I also made my family watch the movie the night before we went, so they wouldn't be too confused when we arrived).
The museum was just as fascinating as I'd hoped it would be. It's memorabilia from floor to ceiling, everything from photos, to "tornado debris," to the football Bill Paxton threw around with the locals, to the Twister-themed pinball machine he donated (There's even a poster of the "Moojita" Scale, which is probably only funny if you remember the flying cow... but how could you forget, really).
The main attraction, of course, is Dorothy, the tornado research machine from the movie, in all its scratched, smashed, tornado-damaged glory. The owner was very happy to show us around and talk about the filming and all the items in the museum. There's also a small selection of tornado-themed items for purchase.
When we left the owner reminded us to stop and see the Wakita water tower, which had a brief cameo in the film.[Jeanie, 08/01/2014]
Last Wednesday my wife and I visited the Twister The Movie Museum. The place was closed (it doesn't open until April), but the lady who owns it saw me taking pictures of the place and asked if we were from out of town. She was very nice and gave us a tour. She told us she was trying to straighten the place up and get ready to open, and also mentioned that 2015 will be the museum's 20th anniversary. She's considering having a party, possibly that summer.
Should you ever happen to be in or around the little town of Wakita, you should check out this museum -- especially if you are a fan of the movie "Twister."[Lee Peterson, 03/29/2013]
Wow. Just wow. When we got there, the museum was closed. There was a sign on the door saying the museum wasn't open on hot days, but we could call and someone would come down. I immediately called one of the numbers and a very nice gentleman came right down. I spent more time taking pictures to share with my family than I did looking. I felt guilty having the man open it for me, so I didn't spend as much time as I wanted to. Although small, I thoroughly enjoyed it and can't wait to go back, hopefully in a couple of weeks. I didn't know we were going there. My husband just said to get in the car because he "had a plan." Well, his plan was wonderful. Twister is my all-time favorite movie so it was a very exciting surprise for me. As I said before, I will definitely go back, taking my daughter and grandson (who can almost quote the whole movie). Thanks, Wakita for doing this. I just wish it was closer to me and I'd visit more often.[Connie S, 09/03/2012]
Twister (The Movie) Museum
The Twister Museum was closed when we visited. A sign taped to the front door informed us that it was only open from Memorial Day through Labor Day, but someone would come open it by calling a phone number on the sign.
We didn't feel bold enough to call, so we simply peeked through the window. It looks like the Dorothy Machine is still the centerpiece of what appears to be a large collection of photographs.[Eric Bolstridge, 05/01/2010]
Twister (the Movie) Museum
Just stopped by the Twister Museum last week after traveling through Caldwell, Kansas and seeing the big ornate box turtle painting on the side of a building. The Twister Museum is quite unique with a lot of really neat stuff from the movie that was filmed in the area. The town is planning a big reunion in 2010 to celebrate the movie.
Consider visiting Wakita if you are in northern Oklahoma, and also consider visiting Caldwell and Drury in Kansas. Drury is on the Chikaskia River about 25 miles northeast of Wakita, Oklahoma. It has quite a history.[KsHeritage.com, 07/24/2008]