We've talked about art museums and history museums, which are probably the first kinds of museums that people think of, but Oklahoma is also home to museums that document both the amazing natural history of the area and the science and technology that keep our state moving toward the future.
Science Museum Oklahoma (OKC) Unless you've just moved here, you're probably pretty familiar with Science Museum Oklahoma. This is one of the best places around for hands-on learning about science! There are daily science shows and demonstrations and they also have special events, so be sure to follow them on Facebook to stay up to date on everything that's going on!
Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History (Norman) Head down to Norman to check out this amazing museum that focuses on our state and its natural history. The Discovery Room caters to the youngest visitors with all kinds of science games and hands-on activities, including a dinosaur dig! Even the regular exhibits have plenty of attraction for kids, with buttons to push, doors to move, and really, really cool dinosaurs. With summer coming up you may also want to check out their day camp schedule. My son participated in these classes for several years and always learned so much!
Museum of Osteology (OKC) This 7,000-square-foot museum is home to over 300 different skeletons and has exhibits on all sorts of topics related to vertebrates and skeletons. This would be a great field trip when your kids learn about bones, or even for fun at Halloween!
Stafford Air & Space Museum (Weatherford) Just a short drive away from the metro, the Stafford Air &Space Museum not only honors Oklahoma native and astronaut Tom Stafford, but it also details the history of flight and space exploration. There are plenty of opportunities for kids to try things out for themselves and there is even a scavenger hunt to get them really involved in looking through all of the displays!
Tulsa Air and Space Museum (Tulsa) The Tulsa Air & Space Museum is also another great place to learn about flight and space exploration. In addition to the interactive exhibits in the regular museum, visitors can also take in a show in the planetarium and tour an MD-80 donated by American Airlines.
These science museums are a great way to get your kids some hands-on experiences, so enjoy the fun and the learning!