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Guide to Current Museum Exhibits & Exhibitions

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Oklahoma City is home to many world-class museums and historical venues. Throughout the year, you can learn about a wide variety of topics through special exhibitions and displays.

This guide will help you find all the exhibits currently on display is museums across the OKC metro. This list is updated frequently, so check back often for new exhibits and other learning opportunities! You can also check out our guide to FREE museums in the metro.


American Banjo Museum

(9 E Sheridan Ave) 604-2793; Tuesday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday, noon – 5 p.m.
Adults, $8; kids (5-17), $6; kids (under 5), free; families (2 adults, 2 kids), $15

Women of Banjo

June 2020 – May 2022

Women of the Banjo chronicles the contributions of women to the colorful past, vibrant present and unlimited future of the banjo. From prominent contemporary performers such as Alison Brown and Rhiannon Giddens to pop icons Taylor Swift, Dolly Parton and many others, historic insights, instruments, stage attire, and a glimpse of ever-changing fashion trends all help in the telling of this important aspect of banjo history.


Edmond Fine Arts Institute

(27 E Edwards St, Edmond) 340-4481; Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Jordan Tacker: So Lo 

Aug. 1-31, 2021

Visual pop artist and figurative painter, Jordan Tacker, is from Oklahoma City, OK, and is currently working on her BFA in painting and illustration at Laguna College of Art and Design. She focuses on painting with oil on canvas and also does digital works. Jordan specializes in printmaking, drawing, and illustration and will have a variety of works for sale at her gallery opening. This gallery show at FAI presents her work from the past three years.

The Gallery

Features the work of a different local artist each month.

  • July – Kendall Schulz
  • August – Jordan Tacker
  • September – Dead Feather (Joshua Garrett)
  • October – Lezley Lynch
  • November – Behnaz Sohrabian

Edmond Historical Society & Museum

(431 S Boulevard, Edmond) 340-0078; Tuesday – Friday, 10 a.m. – noon & 1:30 – 4 p.m.
Admission is free.

What’s Cooking, Edmond?

Oct. 16, 2020 – Aug. 2021
Whether eating off the land or taking modern-day “foodie” photos, the ways that people have experienced food is universally important. The story of how Edmond cooking has evolved from the Land Run of 1889 to the present. The exhibit starts with the pioneers who cooked over cast-iron pots, progresses through wartime rationing and the TV dinner and casseroles of the 1950s, ending with a look at today’s food trends. Artifacts include cooking implements, aprons, cookbooks and appliances. Of particular note are an early-1900s cookstove, uniquely made of steel, plus a 1950s fridge with classic rounded corners. Photographs will feature well-known restaurants, such as the Wide-A-Wake Café and Royce Café from Edmond’s past. Enjoy this exploration of the history of cooking in Edmond, from squirrel stew to avocado toast.

Bison in Art: Edmond Artists Depict the “Buffalo

May 3 – July 31, 2021

The American bison who once roamed Edmond’s prairie has remained a strong presence in the creative minds of local artists. Bison in Art features a collection of 15 bison-inspired paintings, sculptures, carvings and handcrafts from the museum’s collection and local artists, spanning the dates of 1935 to 2021.

‘Where They Went’: A Photographic History of Oklahoma Animals

May 3 – July 31, 2021

The exhibit features 26 black-and-white images taken by Oklahoma photographers, dating from 1900 to 1968. Most of the photographs include animals with people from various cross-sections of culture. Examples include firemen driving a horse-drawn wagon, Seminole children playing with squirrels, and World War I sailors with a dog aboard the U.S.S. Oklahoma. This traveling exhibit is on loan from the Oklahoma History Center.

I Remember That: Edmond in the 1980s

April 2021 – March 2022

The 1980s were at time of big hair, spandex, and major political upheaval. The decade saw the Reagan-era presidency, the beginning of MTV, and a royal wedding. Shoulder pads aside, the 1980s is also remembered for its corruption, consumption, and volatility. Edmond residents, not immune to such trials, experienced the oil bust, increased crime, an F3 tornado and the 1986 Post Office Massacre. It wasn’t all bad news though–Edmond’s population and business development increased. The long-awaited Lake Arcadia project was completed, Edmond hosted the 1988 PGA golf tournament and the decade was rounded off with a huge 100th birthday party.

Artifacts and photographs showcase an era rich in pop culture and large-scale celebrations, but also evidence of how the city responded in the face of tragedy. New artifacts will be added in September.

Edmond’s African American History: Land Run to Integration

New online exhibit

The topic of African Americans in Edmond is often questioned, mostly because of its absence. From the 1920s until the 1970s, no African Americans lived in Edmond. The influence of the Jim Crow laws, the Ku Klux Klan, and even Oklahoma City Public Schools integration affected Edmond, which was promoted as “100% white” for many years. This digital exhibit explores the history of African American families in Edmond, segregation and more. This exhibit was originally developed as a companion piece to the traveling exhibit The Power of Children, which EHS&M hosted in the fall of 2017. It has been expanded and adapted slightly in order to function better as a digital exhibit.  Topics addressed include: Edmond’s Early African American CommunitySeparate SchoolsJim Crow LawsWas Edmond a Sundown Town?Promotion of Edmond as 100% WhiteThe Ku Klux Klan in EdmondSchool IntegrationWhite Flight Fuels the Growth of EdmondIntegrating Edmond, and the End of An All-White Edmond.


Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art 

(555 Elm, Norman) 325-4938; Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 – 5 p.m.
Admission is free.

A Life in Looking: The Creighton Gilbert Collection

June 24 – Dec. 31, 2021

A Life in Looking explores the thematic elements that make up this exceptional collection. The show is organized into five themes: religion, architecture, allegory, portraiture and humor. Gilbert took particular delight in discovering works by major artists, such as Rembrandt van Rijn, Giovanni Battista Piranesi and Albrecht Dürer, to name a few, hidden away in print shops. In 2005, then museum director Eric Lee, a former student of Gilbert’s, encouraged his mentor to leave his private collection to the museum. The bequest, totaling 272 objects, spans the 14th to 20th centuries with an emphasis on Old Master prints and drawings from the Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo periods. An academic prodigy, Gilbert entered college at age 14, became a professor at 21 and eventually completed a doctorate from New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts in 1955.

synesthesia

Coming April 2022

A new immersive experience by Factory Obscura at Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, inspired by the museum’s permanent collection.


Judicial Learning Center and Museum at the Federal Court House

(215 Dean A. McGee Ave) 405-420-6176; Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

United States v. George “Machine Gun” Kelly (1933)

This summer, a new exhibit will open in the learning center to highlight the Machine Gun Kelly case from 1933. The exhibit is not to be confused with the singer, songwriter, rapper and actor Colson Baker, who claimed “Machine Gun Kelly” as his professional stage name. As one of the most famous cases in Oklahoma’s history, the exhibit will feature some of the critical details of the crime and trial, exposing visitors to unique pieces of the story.

A brief description of the case, which currently exists in the learning center, reads, “Late in the evening of July 22, 1933, George Kelly, carrying his trademark machine gun, kidnapped Charles Urschel, a wealthy oilman, during a game of cards on the screen porch of his Oklahoma City mansion.” He collected a $200,000 ransom from the kidnapping. The Machine Gun Kelly trial was both the first criminal trial in the United States to be captured on film and the first kidnapping trial to take place following the Lindbergh Law, which made kidnapping a federal crime.


Mabee-Gerrer Museum Art

(1900 W MacArthur, Shawnee); Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Adults, $5; kids (6-17), $3; Kids (5 & under), free. – Museum is currently offering free admission during July and August. Reservations are recommended.

Interesting Times: The Art of Honoré Daumier

July 3 – August 29, 2021

Interesting Times: The Art of Honoré Daumier looks at Daumier‘s satirical works, exploring themes that are still relevant today including corruption, ineptitude and class divides.


Myriad Gardens Visitor Center

(301 W Reno Ave) 445-7080; Monday & Tuesday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Wednesday-Saturday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Senior hour: Monday & Tuesday, 9-10 a.m.; ages 65 & up & caregivers.
Admission is free to see art. 

Love and Harmony Oklahoma

May 1 – July 31, 2021

Dedicated to the citizens of Oklahoma, Love & Harmony celebrates the ethnic diversity and beauty of cultural differences. The exhibit is a message of hope and resilience through the expression of photography, mural paintings, messages and sound. Central to Love & Harmony are two large-scale murals. “Instilled Dream” was created by four Tulsa artists, each from different cultural backgrounds and creative spaces, who came together during a 10-day period to make a statement of what unity and race looks like.

Positive and Negative Space – Works of Art by Tony Tiger

Aug. 5 – Nov. 5, 2021

Tony A. Tiger is an artist, Indigenous art curator and educator. Tiger is a member of the Sac and Fox Tribe with Seminole and Muscogee Creek ancestry. He earned a Master of Fine Art degree from the University of Oklahoma and a Bachelor of Fine Art degree from Oklahoma State University. His art has been exhibited nationally and internationally, with numerous awards to his credit. His latest curation project “Speak: Speak While You Can,” is a multi-tribal art exhibition on the revitalization of Indigenous languages in Oklahoma. It opens at the Seminole Nation Museum in Wewoka on September 1.


Moore-Lindsay Historic House Museum

(508 N Peters Ave, Norman) 321-0156; Wednesday – Saturday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Admission is free.

Historic Hospital

June 18 – Aug. 20, 2021

A look back at the past of the historic house.


National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

(1700 NE 63rd) 478-2250; Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m – 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon – 5 p.m.
Adults, $12.50; kids, (6-12), $5.57; kids (5 & under), free 

#HashtagtheCowboy

Mar. 17 – Aug. 8, 2021

During the unprecedented shutdown of March 2020, The Cowboy was forced to temporarily close its doors and staff was required to work from home. As one of the few employees allowed in the building, Tim took on the additional role of assisting with social media. His mix of dad jokes and positivity quickly resonated with hundreds of thousands of new followers. The unique exhibition is an opportunity for museum visitors and social media followers to physically interact with the online communities formed during the global pandemic and reflect on the challenges and unexpected joys of living through 2020. The exhibition will include displays of viral social media posts, fan gifts, art and letters and Tim’s famed security guard uniform, bolo tie and coffee mug.

Prix de West Invitation Art Exhibition & Sale

June 7 – Aug. 8, 2021

This year’s Prix de West will host nearly 100 invited contemporary Western artists including Ed Mell as well as guest artists Thomas Blackshear II, Huihan Liu and Roseta Santiago and will feature more than 300 paintings and sculptures.

¡Viva México!

July 9 – Oct. 17, 2021

Mexico’s independence from Spain had continental repercussions for the Americas. Using material culture and art objects from the museum’s collection this exhibition will focus on how Mexican independence influenced the American West, especially the evolution of the American cowboy.

Framework: Exploring the Artistic Process

July 21, 2021 – Feb. 27, 2022

Behind every piece of art is a creative process. People rarely see this framework: the hours of deliberation and preparation; the pages of practice; the energy expended; the materials purchased; the techniques utilized; and the overall approach guiding it all — until now. Explore the artistic process, not the finished piece, in this new Brodkin Contemporary Western Artists exhibition.

Find Your North

Aug. 20 – Oct. 17, 2021

Its name might indicate the eastern origins of those who labeled it, but the American West is far larger than a single perspective. It crosses gender, cultures, eras, age, geography and even directions. For many, it was the West. For many others, however, it was the North. Explore how Hispanic peoples shaped the region and its history, from vaqueros to modern vocabulary, through photographs, maps and illustrations from the Museum’s Dickinson Research Center.

Tattoos: Religion, Reality and ‘Regert’

Aug. 27 – May 9, 2022

Tattooing is a custom dating back thousands of years in North America. Traditionally, women and men used them to visually express tribal affiliation and war honors, as well as connections to divine beings, maturity rites, and social and religious affiliation. These expressions of identity continued on with the person after death—ensuring their place in the afterlife. Explore these traditions and artistic expressions through paintings from the permanent collection and photographs from the Dickinson Research Center.


Oklahoma City Museum of Art

(415 Couch Dr) 236-3100; Wednesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, noon – 5 p.m. Summer hours begin June 22 – Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Friday, until 8 p.m.; Sunday, noon – 5 p.m. 
Adults, $12; kids (17 & under), free – Complimentary admission offered twice a year during the Museum’s SONIC Free Family Days.

Fritz Scholder: Beyond Stereotypes

May 15 -Nov. 7, 2021

The exhibition features 10 prints and one painting from Scholder’s revolutionary “Indian” series, illustrating Scholder’s radical imagery of modern-day Indigenous life. “Through his paintings and prints, Scholder challenged the popular stereotypical depictions of Native Americans within the world of fine art,” said exhibition curator Catherine Shotick. “The stereotypical depictions, which often cast Indigenous subjects as uncivilized, tragic or a mere curiosity, helped justify the genocide, forced relocations and continued disenfranchisement of Indigenous peoples. With his ‘Indian’ series, Scholder sought to replace the tourist-approved narratives perpetuated by white artists with the realities he witnessed every day.”

From Heroes to Immortals: Classical Mythological Prints

May 15 – Nov. 7, 2021

For millennia, Classical mythology has been a shared language through which artists can tell tales of heroism, love, vengeance, and more. This exhibition features works on paper from the sixteenth through the twentieth century. Some recount famous myths, others more obscure stories.

A Room with a View: Scenes of the Italian Countryside

May 15 – Nov. 7, 2021

This exhibition explores the influence of the Italian Campagna on artists over the course of three centuries.

The Painters of Pompeii: Roman Frescoes from the National Archaeological Museum, Naples

June 26, 2021 – Sept. 26, 2021

The exhibition features over 80 artifacts and artworks that were buried and preserved during the 79 AD eruption of Mount Vesuvius. During the exhibition, the museum plans to host a series of lectures in the Noble Theater with several of the most renowned scholars in the field of Ancient Roman Art and History.

Classes that will take attendees on virtual visits to Naples and Southern Italy exploring the history, culture, food and wine will begin in January. Additionally, kids can look forward to virtually exploring archeology, Roman deities and mythology through family-oriented virtual classes in the spring.

*A pop-up restaurant, Café Pompeii by Patrono, will open on June 22 in the Museum Cafe, just in time for the opening of “The Painters of Pompeii” on June 26. Patrono Italian, located in downtown OKC just one block from the Civic Center and OKCMOA, specializes in true Italian flavors. Café Pompeii will be fast-casual and specialize in lunch, light bites, coffees, wine, beer and cocktails. The pop-up restaurant will be counter service with open seating, including the dining room and patio. The pop-up restaurant will offer counter service with open seating, in the dining room and patio, and will share museum hours through Oct. 17.

For America: Paintings from the National Academy of Design

Nov. 6, 2021 – Jan. 30, 2022

For America provides a unique history of American art as told by many of the best-known American artists including masters such as Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent and Andrew Wyeth. By presenting artists’ portraits together with their representative works, “For America” offers an opportunity to see how the artists viewed both themselves and their country.

Illuminations: Rediscovering the Art of Dale Chihuly

Ongoing

This museum houses one of the most comprehensive collections of Chihuly glass in the country. See these delicate pieces of glass art alongside drawings and other works by Dale Chihuly.


Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum 

(620 N Harvey Ave) 405-235-3313; Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday, noon – 6 p.m. 
Adults, $15; kids (6-17), $12; kids (5 & under), free. 

Remembering Through Art

Opened April 19, 2021

The new exhibit is a project commissioned by a Broken Arrow High School art teacher to connect students to the loss experienced on April 19, 1995. Each art student chose one person from the 168 who were killed, researched that person and created a work of art in their honor. These works of art illustrate empathy, compassion and celebrate 168 uniquely different lives.

More Than Two Decades of Building. Together.

Opened April 19, 2021

The new exhibit reveals how Oklahoma City came together to rebuild and remember. Starting with a mission statement and sacred ground to memorialize, family members, survivors, first responders, designers and the community created a Memorial and Museum to tell the story of the senselessness of violence and share lessons learned.


Oklahoma City Zoo

(2000 Remington Place); 405-424-3344; 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; last entry no later than 4 p.m.
Adults, $12; seniors & kids (3-11), $9; kids (2 & under), free

More info coming soon. 


Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center 

(11 NW 11th St) 405-951-0000; Wednesday – Monday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Thursday, until 9 p.m. 
Admission is free.

We Believed in the Sun

May 6 – Sept. 20, 2021

Honoring the significant legacies of the Civil Rights Movement in Oklahoma City, We Believed in the Sun pairs Ron Tarver, a nationally recognized artist born in Oklahoma, with Ebony Iman Dallas, an emerging Oklahoma artist. The exhibition is organized in consultation with Advisory Council members from the Clara Luper Center for Civil Rights and the Oklahoma Historical Society. We Believed in the Sun will illuminate first-person accounts of the Civil Rights Movement in Oklahoma from the 1950s and 1960s that may be overlooked aspects of the larger history of Civil Rights and that resonate with present-day African-American communities in Oklahoma.

We Believed in the Sun explores both public and private perspectives on Black Oklahomans’ past and present struggle for Civil Rights and equal protection under the law. The exhibition title comes from a quote by Civil Rights icon Clara Luper: “I came from a family of believers. We believed in the sun when it didn’t shine. We believed in the rain when it wasn’t raining. My parents taught me to believe in a God I couldn’t see.”

Crystal Z Campbell: Flight

May 27 – Oct. 28, 2021

Using light, sound and digital film projection, Flight explores the physical, architectural and cultural residue of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre into the present. Timed with the 100-year commemoration of the massacre, Flight transforms the Artist-in-Residence Studio and Gallery, adding depth to the themes and histories explored in Ed Ruscha: OKLA and Chakaia Booker: Shaved Portions. Crystal Z Campbell is a multidisciplinary artist of African-American, Filipino and Chinese descent who uses film, live performance, sound, painting, installation and writing to amplify underacknowledged histories and public secrets.

ArtNow 2021

July 29 – Sept. 13, 2021

Organized by Guest Curator Helen Opper, ArtNow 2021 presents a dynamic group of Oklahoma-based artists whose works respond to the complexities of contemporary culture, reflecting the vibrant diversity of contemporary art in Oklahoma.

Campbell Art Park (11th & Broadway)

Chakaia Booker: Shaved Portions

Summer 2021 – Summer 2022

Shaved Portions is a new work by renowned sculpture artist Chakaia Booker. Since the early 1990s, Booker has famously made energetic abstractions out of interwoven beams upholstered with discarded tires. Her expressionistic assemblages turn snarls of rubber fragments into large, elaborate and ornamental sculptures exploring ecological and social ideas of recombination and transformation. Shaved Portions reassembles tires into a towering, cathedral-like space that viewers may enter, created from multiple spiny-edged loops, stacked and linked together in a configuration specially designed for the park.


Oklahoma Hall of Fame

(1400 Classen Dr.) 235-4458; Tuesday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Second Saturday, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. 
Adults, $7; kids (6-17), $5; kids (5 & under), free – Complimentary admission offered on the second Saturday of each month and Thursdays between Memorial & Labor Day.

Bellamy. Mercer

May 20- Aug. 21, 2021

Jessica Bellamy creates visual journeys in encaustic and mixed media, embellished with natural elements foraged from the Oklahoma landscape. Sunni Mercer’s sculptural torsos radiate feminine elemental power and whisper forgotten mythologies.

Culture on the Prairie

New to the Museum

The portraits featured in this exhibit reveal ten patrons who helped establish Oklahoma’s museums during the twentieth century. Drawn from several cultural institutions, these stories reveal many contributions made by these patrons-contributions that defined Oklahoma’s early cultural community and continue to have an impact today.

Makerspace Mural by Kristopher Kanaly

New to the Museum

Clara Luper (1923-2011) was born and raised in Jim Crow era-Oklahoma and felt firsthand the racial discrimination and injustice that pervaded society. Through her activism with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and her work as a history educator she spent her life combatting racism and segregation in Oklahoma and the United States. Her tireless efforts helped not only to desegregate public accommodations in Oklahoma, but to improve cooperation and understanding between all Oklahomans, Black and White alike, and her legacy lives on today.

The museum exhibit utilizes archival material to present a timeline of Luper’s life and accomplishments, while the virtual exhibit provides more historical information. As you explore, consider her impact on the Civil Rights movement both in Oklahoma and the United States.

The Life of Clara Luper: A Pioneer of the American Civil Rights Movement

New to the Museum

Kristopher Kanaly is known for his bold, abstract street murals throughout Oklahoma City’s Plaza District and its downtown. Much like his street art, Kanaly is an Oklahoma inspiration with a passion as rich as the state’s history. No matter the city or assignment, Kanaly’s work is distinguishable by the bright colors, abstract figures, and hidden elements.


Oklahoma History Center

(800 Nazih Zuhdi) 522-0765; Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Adults, $10; kids (6-17), $5; kids (5 & under), free; families (up to 6 people), $25

Born Dry: Prohibition in Oklahoma

Nov. 2020 – Nov. 2021

When Oklahoma became a state in 1907, prohibition was accepted as part of the state’s constitution. The exhibit features 25 black-and-white photographs taken during the decades-long fight over prohibition in Oklahoma, this exhibit explores the debate over the legality of alcohol sales through historical imagery.

Launch to Landing: Oklahomans and Space

June 22, 2020 – August 31, 2021

This exhibit focuses on the many Oklahomans who played a part in the US air and space program, as well as early Oklahoma pioneers of aviation. The centerpiece of the exhibit is the Skylab 4 Apollo Command Module (CM-118). This spacecraft carried the final Skylab crew of astronauts—Gerald Carr (commander), Edward Gibson (science pilot), and William Pogue (pilot)—into space to live and work in the Skylab Orbiting Laboratory or Space Station. Launch to Landing will also feature a number of personal items utilized by astronauts and items that are generally associated with Oklahoma aviators and the U.S. air and space program, such as Oklahoma flags flown in space, a NASA Mission Control console, space shuttle heat shield tiles and lunar samples—also known as “moon rocks.”

Ongoing

Crossroads of Commerce: A History of Free Enterprise in Oklahoma

This exhibit tells the story of economic development in Oklahoma through five time periods from 1716 to the present day, connecting the dots between history and economic development in a way that celebrates creativity and hard work and inspires young people to take a chance. The exhibit features a number of structural reproductions and interactive opportunities. Visitors will see an actual truss from the Wiley Post Hangar and enter the simulated cockpit of a Lockheed Vega airplane. Other features include scenes of a newspaper printing operation, grist mill, cotton gin, grain elevator, Cain’s Ballroom, a TG&Y store in the 1950s, the studios of WKY-Radio and WKY-TV, the Shelter Church Studio and the Thunder scoreboard from Chesapeake Energy Arena.


Sam Noble Museum 

(2401 Chautauqua, Norman) 325-4712; Wednesday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – noon & 2 – 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 – 5 p.m. 
Adults, $8; kids (4 – 17), $5; kids (3 & under) free –  Promotion postponed: Free for children 17 and under on the first Monday of each month; complimentary admission offered at select events throughout the year.

In the Dark

May 29 – Sept. 12, 2021

Darkness may elevate excitement, inspire curiosity, or cause hesitation, but rarely can it be ignored. Darkness challenges animals and plants to adapt to life without light because they still need to find food, find mates and avoid predators, whether in caves, the deep sea or even a forest at night. Since prehistoric times, humans have sought to understand darkness and its mysteries, and have learned from these nocturnal creatures to create new technologies to disperse the dark and kindle light. Explore this hands-on exhibit and investigate and solve some of these mysteries using interactive stations, walk-through dioramas, models and engaging explanatory panels.


Science Museum Oklahoma

(2020 Remington Pl) 602-6664; Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. – Complimentary admission offered during the Museum’s Tinkerfest event.
Adults, $16.95; kids (3-12), $13.95

JUMBLE

Oct. 17, 2020 – Oct. 10, 2021

Created by artists Andy Arkley and Julie Alpert specifically for SMO, JUMBLE activates the senses by encouraging play and collaboration while experiencing joy. Up to 16 visitors at a time can interact with the exhibit by pressing buttons that will create a unique composition of sounds and visuals.

*The Game is Afoot! Sherlock Holmes – The Exhibition

May 1 – Sept. 6, 2021

The interactive experience combines science with history and culture to bring to life the historic underpinnings of author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s rich and vibrant stories. Museum guests will learn how Sherlock Holmes, a scientific expert ahead of his time, used seemingly trivial observations of clues others missed to solve some of his era’s most mysterious crimes. His practices and techniques, created in the mind of doctor-turned-author Conan Doyle, changed the way police work was conducted and remain in practice today. Sherlock Holmes – The Exhibition features original manuscripts and period artifacts, investigative tools influenced and used by Sherlock Holmes, and interactive crime-solving opportunities. Guests will be transported into Sherlock Holmes’ London to solve a crime in a world filled with innovation and experimentation – and just receiving its introduction to his ground-breaking methods.

*The Worst-Case Scenario: An Ultimate Survival Experience

May 1 – Sept. 6, 2021

The Worst-Case Scenario: An Ultimate Survival Experience is a full-body physical and minds-on exhibition providing the essential instructions for everything people need to know when encountering the unexpected. As they tackle unlikely—but POSSIBLE!—real-life scenarios, guests will find countless moments of excitement and laughter along the way. Need to escape from a locked room? No problem. Stuck on the subway and need to jump from car-to-car to escape? The Worst-Case Scenario: An Ultimate Survival Experience is themed as a “survival challenge” training facility. The exhibition is broken into three galleries: the Hall of Fame Lobby, the Survival Gym and the Challenges. Costumed team members, in the role of “Worst-Case Scenario Professionals,” will be there to support the guest’s experience. Worst-Case Scenario Professionals will also be on hand to periodically provide demonstrations of survival skills and the occasional survival “don’t.” In addition to the physical aspects of the exhibition, guests will learn about the science behind the seven steps of survival and learn the stories of real-life heroes and survivors.

*Both Sherlock Holmes – The Exhibition and The Worst-Case Scenario: An Ultimate Survival Experience are available for a single price and must be purchased in addition to general admission. Tickets are $9.95 for adults; $7.95 for children and seniors.


SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology

(10301 S Sunnylane Rd) 814-0006; Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 – 5 p.m. 
Adults, $11; kids (3-12), $9
Ongoing

From comparative anatomy to classification to adaptation and locomotion, SKELETONS has been designed with learning in mind! Currently displaying over 300 skeletons from all corners of the world, visitors have a unique opportunity to compare and contrast many rare species normally not seen in museum exhibits. In addition, The museum features a variety of North American specimens ranging from tiny mice and shrew skeletons to a 40-foot humpback whale.

The museum just opened a NEW penguins exhibit.


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