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Norman - 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.


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.

Chris Taylor

Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Great local area Natural History Museum Rife with exhibits and displays! Truly a grand gem in Norman Oklahoma I completely recommend this for children and parents as well as large groups of people such as schools you will learn much even if you did not think you could! Five stars and two thumbs up!

Chris Schlegel

Sunday, March 25, 2018
Had a great time today at the natural history museum with my family. All the exhibits were really cool and we learned quite a bit. Lots of interesting artifacts found right here in Oklahoma. Check it out sometime. Worth the price of admission.

Jon Stansell

Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018
So much more to see and do here than what you could do in a simple afternoon. Plenty of exhibits and activities for adults and kids alike. A nice venue for receptions and other types of parties. A very nice oklahoma-based theme that makes it perfect for people who want to learn about all aspects of the area and its history. Where else can you see tributes to and history of dinosaurs and Native Americans at the same place? We liked the children's area with their fun games and activities. Just make sure you say where you will meet and when if parties become separated.

kristy dianne

Thursday, March 29, 2018
As always we had a WONDERFUL, educational experience. It's always a pleasure and the kids have a blast, first Monday of the month is free otherwise it's a bit pricey, especially if you don't live in Norman.

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