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Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History

Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History
2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman, Oklahoma, 73072
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Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History

The single largest university museum of its kind in the U.S., this popular OU destination is home to a massive collection of over 7 million objects and artifacts from the region. Founded in 1899, the newest incarnation of the collection opened as the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History on May 1st, 2000. The numerous exhibits on display trace the Sooner State's past back more than 4 million years, with plenty of dinosaurs along the way, including the world's largest Apatosaurus skeleton.



  • Sunday – 1pm-5pm
  • Monday-Saturday – 10am-5pm


  • Adults - $5
  • Seniors (65+) - $4
  • Children (ages 6-17) - $3
  • Children under 5 - FREE
  • Military & Family - $1 Discount


  • Free First Mondays
  • Oklahoma Science Adventure
  • The Art of Telling Your Story
  • Family Game Night
  • Oklahoma Native American Language Fair


  • Education
  • Interactive Exhibits
  • Guided Tours
  • Workshops
  • Sightseeing

Redbud Cafe

When you get hungry thinking about how much dinosaurs used to eat, stop by Redbud Café, with free Wi-Fi, fresh sandwiches, salads, snacks, and coffee. It’s open 8:30am-3pm, Tuesday-Friday, and 10am-3pm on Saturdays.


The museum offers both self-guided and guided tours. Please submit a request at least 5 days in advance if you prefer the latter.


  • When did the museum officially open?

    The collection began by mandate in 1899, housed in a number of previous facilities, but the current location didn’t open until May 1st, 2000.
  • What are the permanent galleries?

    Permanent galleries at Sam Noble Museum of Natural History include the behind-the-scenes focus of Orientation Gallery, dinosaur skeletons galore in the Hall of Ancient Life, immersive dioramas in the Hall of Wonders, American Indian history in the Hall of the People of Oklahoma, global artifacts in the Gallery of World Cultures, and the planet-forming exhibits of the Paleozoic Gallery.

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