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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  • Did you know the largest skull of any land animal ever found is on display in Norman, Oklahoma? The Pentaceratops skull was found in San Juan County, New Mexico, and measures 10 1/2 feet high! We.....  more »
  • We took 3 grandsons, ages 9, 7, & 5. For 5 of us with tax it was $30. A great price for a great time. We were there 2 1/2 hours. Everyone had a great time. Self guided. What a treasure it is for...  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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