Sam Noble Museum of Natural History

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.

Penny Orientation


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.

boys bio

pen riv bison


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!

penny dino



state dino

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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  1. Thanks so much for the info! My husband and I currently live in Austin but are looking into moving to Tulsa and are coming up in a few weeks to check out the area. Do you have any recommendations of things we should see or do? I know it’s impossible to see much in just a few short days, but we would love to do something that would give us a feel for the area or where we would learn more about the history and culture there. We homeschool as well and will have our 2 girls with us, ages 6 and 4, as well as our 3 month old twin boys.

    And we wouldn’t mind stopping at this museum on our way either… Saurophaganax. 🙂

  2. Saurophaganax!

    Now I really want to go!! Museums are definitely my passion, I’m an an art history major and I’m about to start an internship in one 🙂

  3. Look out for the book ” How To Be An Explorer Of The World ” By Kerri Smith
    It has some wonderful ideas for collecting and arranging and making things from the observations you can make on trips.
    There is nothing more rewarding and beautiful than seeing little ones learning and the ongoing journey through life.

  4. What an awesome place! I’d love to take my daughter there. I love places that are made for the whole family to enjoy! Too awesome!

  5. Your husbands reports about the museum got us curious. We got our chance a couple of years ago while exploring the rest of Oklahoma after our visit to Tulsa. It really is a fascinating place full of wonder and learning activities for homeschoolers and the rest. Thank you for sharing your trip.
    Tonie from WA State

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