Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, Norman

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The Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History is a natural history museum located on the campus of the University of Oklahoma. The museum was founded in 1899 by an act of the Oklahoma Territorial Legislature, and opened its doors on its current location in 1999. The museum contains approximately "7 million objects and specimens in 12 collections." It has almost 50,000 sq ft (4,600 m2) of exhibit space, with five galleries and exhibits that provide an in-depth tour of Oklahoma's natural history. It is "one of the world's largest university-based natural history museums."
Before its 1999 relocation and expansion, the original museum chartered by the Legislature in 1899 had been known in much smaller quarters on campus as the Stovall Museum of Science & History, named for J. Willis Stovall, a paleontologist and faculty professor who assembled much of the original collection.
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  • The Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History is a MUST SEE. The displays rotate and we learn new things every time we attend.  more »
  • This place is huge and very family friendly! They have a dinosaur exhibit, animal exhibit and lots of history! This is a must see if you are to come to Norman  more »
  • Went there for a conference, the facility is okay. They have incredibly strict rules about were you can and can't have food and beverages. Which could make sense for kids and if the establishment was super pristine. But for an conference with professionals in a occasionally dry subject matter coffee is crucial. Would recommend coding a different venue. I know nothing about the museum experience so I gave a few stars back for the museum.
  • I had gotten there at 1 and stayed until 5 when it closed. That was just enough time to get through all of the exhibits and the gift shop. The exhibits are well organized and they have some temporary exhibits that come through as well. This is a great place to take the whole family. There are many hands-on learning opportunities as well.

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