My husband has been singing the praises of the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History for some time, and this past week I found out why. The museum is incredible and I’m so excited to tell you all about it! The Sam Noble Museum of Natural History is located on the campus of the University of Oklahoma, and is home to the university’s natural history collection and its ongoing research in the field. It took us about two hours to get to there from Tulsa, and when we walked in and took in the scale of the museum, I realized that this place was certainly worth a whole day trip. The museum has over 50,000 square feet of exhibits to explore, all filled with beautiful displays and more hands-on information for children than I think I have ever seen!
The first exhibit we visited was the Orientation Gallery which is filled with interactive displays that introduce the visitor to what the museum is about and tells about some of the exciting work that goes on in the research field.
Next we took in the Hall of Natural Wonders exhibit which had the most amazing dioramas depicting the biodiversity of Oklahoma. The scenes are really immersive and give the feeling of walking though the actual habitats.
In the Hall of Ancient Life you weave through the story of prehistoric Oklahoma and come face to face with some giant dinosaurs including the “official state fossil”, the Saurophaganax!
Everyone loved the Discovery Room where things get even more hands-on! Children can dig for bones, play and draw in this area. The museum hosts special activities here throughout the day such as crafts, stories and a chance to feed the reptiles that live there.
The wonderful staff at the museum were kind enough to give the children a little “backstage tour” of the archives and research at the museum, and let me tell you, it’s the real deal! To hear the paleontologists who are actually currently excavating dinosaurs from right here in Oklahoma discuss their findings was mind blowing. You guys, Jurassic Park has nothing on Sam Noble!
In addition to all the great things we saw on our visit, the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History also offers great educational opportunities such as the amazing Explorology which gives young scientist a chance to work in the field.
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