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. Its current building was completed 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 occupied much smaller quarters on campus. It was known 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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  • Very nice museum. Some fantastic dinosaur exhibits and who doesn’t like dinosaurs? Details the long and short history of Oklahoma and its people. Price is very reasonable and it was not too crowded. 
    Very nice museum. Some fantastic dinosaur exhibits and who doesn’t like dinosaurs? Details the long and short history of Oklahoma and its people. Price is very reasonable and it was not too crowded.  more »
  • We have been going here since we were kids, and the experience is amazing! My kids absolutely love going, and exploring. Definitely worth it! 
    We have been going here since we were kids, and the experience is amazing! My kids absolutely love going, and exploring. Definitely worth it!  more »
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  • So much fun here!! Our kids love all the dinosaurs, animals and hands on activities. So much to read and learn here. We've been so many times and still haven't read it all. Extra activities on the weekends, at least once a month and special offers for members are available, too! They have clean bathrooms & their staff are kind and helpful as well! (There is an elevator for those that need it too, woo!) We highly recommend Sam Noble Museum!
  • Amazing experience here with my children. Every exhibit fascinated my young kids and you could truly see their little brains absorbing all of the information. There is some thing here for every age and level of education and I’m really thankful that we visited. The staff , However, made our experience an absolute five-star experience. The people at the front desk were so welcoming and helpful, but the lady in the gift shop likely left us with such a great impression of the museum. She was so helpful in finding my children the stickers that they wanted, and going to look for shirt sizes for our youngest because he loved the design. I’ve never seen someone go above and beyond to make my family and my children feel like they were so special for just wanting to buy a T-shirt. Thank you for not only pouring into educating the community, spending so much time putting together these exhibits, but also hiring such great people to be the face of this amazing museum.

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