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Major attractions in the city aren't just for visitors

By Carrie Coppernoll Published: July 17, 2008

I peeked at the museum's guestbook for the "Roman Art from the Louvre” exhibit. Of course there are visitors from all over Oklahoma. Visitors came from across the country: Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia. International visitors came from Canada, Germany, India, Mexico, Moldova and Spain.

There were even visitors from Italy. They came all the way to Oklahoma City just to see their own stuff. I was right here in town and I hadn't taken the time to go see the Roman art.

The Roman exhibit is humbling — a slice of ancient history preserved in stone, bronze and glass. The Chihuly glass is fantastical, like a Dr. Seuss book in three-dimensions or something pulled from Willy Wonka's imagination.

So, for you in-towners who haven't been yet: Go now. Today.

Don't take our city for granted.

This statue is one of 184 pieces featured in the exhibit "Roman Art from the Louvre." By Jim Beckel, THE OKLAHOMAN


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