J.M. Davis Arms & Historical Museum

The largest privately-held firearms collection in the world.

Home to the unique collection of J.M. Davis of over 12,000 firearms and thousands of non-firearm artifacts ranging from Old West saddles and spurs, John Rogers statuary, Toby mugs and Beer Steins, World War I posters, and local Claremore and Rogers county history.

 

Multi-media exhibits for a family-friendly walk through history.

An agency of the State of Oklahoma

Meet J.M. Davis

Since the age of seven, John Monroe Davis had been interested in and was an owner of firearms. 

Young J.M. had been a very sickly child and thus had become rather spoiled.  He refused to take the medicine the family doctor had prescribed.  When his condition finally got so bad that the doctor feared the child’s survival without the medicine, J.M.’s parents had to do something.

 

His father bribed him to take the medicine with a gift of a small muzzleloading shotgun. 


What his father did not know is that his bribe to keep his son alive would start the largest privately-held collection of firearms in the world.

J.M. Davis by Oklahoma Artist Charles Banks Wilson

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Blood Drive

The American Red Cross will be holding a blood drive at the J.M. Davis Arms and Historical Museum this Thursday, May 13th from 1 to 6 pm. Due to COVID precautions all donations are reserved.

To reserve your appointment time to give blood go to: RedCrossBlood.org and then enter: jmdavisarms.

Every pint of blood can potentially be used by up to three people. And all donations are tested for COVID-19 antibodies.

Everyone that donations at the Davis Museum will receive a free Chick-fil-A coupon for a free 8 piece nugget box or a free chicken sandwich from the Claremore Chick-fil-A restaurant.

The Davis Arms and Historical Museum is located in downtown Claremore at 5th and highway 66. It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm. For more information contact the Davis Museum at 918-341-5707.

Our Commissioners

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Earlier this month, the J.M. Davis Memorial Commission members were appointed by Governor Kevin Stitt and confirmed by the state senate. The commission oversees the J.M. Davis Arms and Historical Museum in Claremore. 

Commissioner chairman is (front left) Rick Mosier with commissioner, Dr.
Keith Ballard. (back left to right) Hays Gilstrap, commissioner; William Higgins, commissioner; Wayne McCombs, executive director of the J.M. Davis Museum and Justin Harvel of Neosho, MO. Harvel was a new appointee the others are reappointments.
 

Davis Museum curator, Jason Schubert puts the finishing touches on the "The Guns that Hollywood Made Famous" display at the J.M. Davis Museum. 

Our Latest Exhibit

The Guns Hollywood Made Famous

The J.M. Davis Arms and Historical Museum in Claremore has recently opened a new exhibit entitled "The Guns Hollywood Made Famous". The guns are examples of the ones we all know so well from movies and television.

 

Included in the display are the Colt Single Action Army revolver of so many westerns from the Lone Ranger and Tonto to John Wayne and Sylvester Stallone, the Mare's Leg Action Rifle from Steve McQueen on " Wanted, Dead or Alive" and in the movie "Firefly" with Gina Torres. Spy movies and TV shows such as James Bond's preferred weapon, the Walther PPK and the Walther BP 38 from the "Man from U.N.C.L.E." are on display. And "Jurassic Park" and "The Terminator" movies are represented by the Italian Franchi SPAS-12 shotgun. Classic movies also represented are "Dirty Harry" with Clint Eastwood's Smith & Wesson Model 29, .44 Magnum and the Webley-Fosbery from the "Maltese Falcon." And although it was invented in 1896 the Mauser C 96 & M 712 Broomhandle pistol gained fame "a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away" by Han Solo as his blaster. 

Many more firearms from movies such as "True Grit" and "Last Action Hero' are included in the display.

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Enjoy this recent television story by KTUL-ABC about the new "The Guns that Hollywood Made Famous" exhibit.

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See What's New

There is always something great going on at the J.M. Davis Arms & Historical Museum. You may be surprised how we make history exciting!

A special message from Oklahoma's Lt. Governor, Matt Pinnell.

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There are so many great destinations and attractions to see and do in Green Country. Check some of them out, including the JM Davis Arms & Historical Museum.

Come to Claremore for the hometown spirit, stay for the wonderful entertainment and cultural treasures and leave with wonderful memories for your entire family to enjoy.

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