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Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History

2401 Chautauqua Avenue

Our Mission

The Sam Noble Museum at The University of Oklahoma inspires minds to understand the world through collection-based research, interpretation and education.

Our Vision

As one of the finest museums, we are at the heart of our community, collectively working to inspire understanding, appreciation and stewardship of the earth and its peoples.

Our History

In 1899, the Territorial Legislature of the future state of Oklahoma mandated the founding of a natural history museum on the campus of the University of the Territory of Oklahoma in Norman, now The University of Oklahoma. Since that time, the museum has had a long and distinguished history, including being designated as the Oklahoma Museum of Natural History in 1987 by the Oklahoma Legislature and receiving the state's first National Medal in 2014 awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Curators and staff of the museum conduct scientific investigations to preserve and develop a greater understanding and appreciation of natural resources and human cultural heritage. They develop exhibitions and conduct educational programs for all ages that illustrate, interpret and explain the natural history of the state and region to bring a greater understanding of our world to the people of Oklahoma and others.

On May 1, 2000, the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History opened its doors to a new 198,000 square foot facility housing 12 collections, labs, libraries, offices and exhibit space. Today, the 'treasure chest' design of the building's architecture houses more than 10 million objects that belong to the people of the state of Oklahoma. Over 4 billion years of Oklahoma's natural history are featured in thousands of artifacts from the collections on display in 50,000 feet of public galleries. Visitors can immerse themselves in the fascinating natural and cultural history of Oklahoma.


Jennifer Johnson

Tuesday, July 10, 2018
We love this museum!! For most families, if you plan on going at least twice in one year, it's worth it to look into the family pass. We live in the Tulsa area and go to the museum any time we're in OKC. Their dinosaur exhibit is AMAZING! My son knows a LOT about dinosaurs and he likes what they have on display, which really says something. We recently visited the natural history museum in Houston and the Sam Noble museum was far better! The visiting exhibits are wonderful as well. The staff is always friendly and everything is always clean. If you're near the area, you should definitely visit this museum!

Alana Childers

Tuesday, July 10, 2018
The membership is a wonderful value for the cost. Sam Noble is home to a fabulous collection of actual dinosaur bones, as well as many lovely reproductions. You can tell the actual fossils, (like the Pentaceratops here) because they have heavy-duty metal supports. The Sam Noble volunteers are the BEST. I am so happy my kids can learn about natural history from these passionate volunteers and staff. Sam Noble also has a several changing exhibit spaces, so even if you just go twice a year, you will see something new each time!

D Berg

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
A hidden trearsue for the state of Oklahoma and the local university. The place charts the majority of history for the state including dinosaurs, prehistoric plants, and sharks. You will be surprised at the number of ecosystems found in Oklahoma and the diversity of plants and animals. The museums display of Native American curlers is spectacular. They have one of the definitive collections of Native American tools in the nation. All ages will find this an exciting and highly educational stops.

Ryan Monroe

Monday, July 9, 2018
This is a great 0lace for the family. We went there when the megalodon exhibit was going. It was very cool but I found myself wishing that exhibit was bigger. The history of Oklahoma was represented very well. The facility was very clean and easy to navigate. Prices are also reasonable.

Nate Chertack

Monday, March 19, 2018
Overall, an amazing museum that feels cutting edge while retaining the charm of an "old-school" museum. I was blown away by the Hall of Ancient Life. This museum is able to combine actual fossils, dioramas, and murals into some of the most well-done museum exhibits I have seen in a long time. The exhibits were educational but not boring, interesting without dumbing down the material. The museum showcases many unique fossils, including the largest fossil skull on record! I was really impressed. The other exhibit halls were pretty interesting, including one on local wildlife and habitats, and another explaining how the museum displays are put together.

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