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Arts & Museums
You will see more than six million specimens of Oklahoma's natural treasures at this museum. It is the largest university-based museum in the country. There is a 95-foot-long and 26-foot-tall Apatosaurus, which is the world's largest. There is also a 10-foot-tall skull of a Pentaceratops. This is something that would impress your 10-year-old. There is even a hands-on room. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children 6-17, $4 for seniors, and OU faculty and staff. Free for children under five and OU students.
The Firehouse is a popular gallery found in Norman, located about 45 minutes south of Oklahoma City. The gift shop is a perfect place to pick up a souvenir or present. All sorts of items are available, from delicate glassware and framed prints to coffee mugs and T-shirts. If you would like to try your hand at creating a masterwork, check out the gallery's instruction classes. There are classes for every age, all reasonably priced. Admission to the gallery is free.
This gallery on the University of Oklahoma campus has become well known in art circles for its fine collections. The space is open and very minimalist; nice lighting and unobtrusive beige walls allow viewers to focus on the pieces and not on the environment. Four main collections are housed here: contemporary, the Oscar Jacobson American Indian Art Collection, the Oklahoma State Department collection, and the Santa Fe Indian School. There are also special exhibits held throughout the year to display traveling collections. Closed on Mondays.
Mainsite Contemporary Art is the home of the Norman Arts Council. Launched in 1999, this gallery is dedicated to contemporary work. It features a schedule of thought-provoking exhibitions and cultural events throughout the year. Some of the artists whose collections have been showcased here include Dylan Bradway, Haze Diedrich, David Crimson and The Dirty Fabulous.
Cleveland County, home to Norman, Oklahoma and its Sooners, has a rich frontier history. This home, constructed in 1900 and now on the National Register of Historical Places, has been preserved by the city to serve as a living museum. As visitors explore the house, they will find exhibits detailing county history from the Land Run to Oklahoma statehood. The architectural style is Queen Anne, and rooms are furnished with period antiques and stained-glass windows. This is a wonderful attraction for both history and architecture or interior design buffs. Admission is free.
Showcasing the official rock of Oklahoma, this museum features a variety of displays of rose rocks in many shapes and sizes. Indian lore states that the rocks were formed by Indian braves' blood and maidens' tears that fell to the ground and produce a stone in the shape of a rose. A gift shop is also on site.
The only skeleton museum in the United States, the Museum of Osteology is a great place for people of all ages to learn about phlanges, metatarsals and carpals. With over 400 skulls and 300 complete skeletons on display, the museum makes learning about the natural world fun and a little macabre all at the same time. Visitors can enjoy some hands-on learning at the Explorers Corner, where you can handle bones from various North American mammalian species. On your way out, the gift shop is a great place to get someone something unique.
Spanning across 5000 square feet (464.51 square meters) the Ninety-Nines Museum of Women Pilots tells the story of women in flight. This one-of-a-kind museum is located at the Will Rogers World Airport and is run under the auspices of the Ninety-Nines International Organization of Women Pilots which was spearheaded by Amelia Earhart in 1931. From mementos, exhibits to aviatrix artifacts, it has the largest collection of its kind in the world. The museum also has a display of Amelia Earhart's personal belongings and it is a place full of intriguing and historical wonder for people of all ages, regardless if you are interested in aviation or not.
One of its kind, the American Banjo Museum is home to a vast collection of music, media, documents and memorabilia. all connected to this instrument with origins in Africa. With over 300 banjos alone, the museum boasts the largest public exhibition them in the world. The banjo is said to have been introduced to this country by African slaves as it had derived from a similar instrument. Over the centuries, the banjo has come to win the hearts of musicians and music fans everywhere, and is today used in a range of musical genres like jazz, folk music, country music and bluegrass music. A visit to this museum will tell you more about this mystical five-stringed melody-maker.
This great gallery is more like a collaborative workspace for artists of all types. Individual Artists of Oklahoma (IAO) emphasizes experimental art (either subject matter or technique) that is also socially relevant to those living in the state. Up-and-coming artists, as well as established professionals create and play here and have most of their works on display. IAO features all forms of art, including poetry, music, performance, sound, installation, photography, video, and much more. Entry is free.
Did you know that gymnastics is one of the oldest Olympic sports? You can find out everything you ever wanted to know about gymnastics at this attraction downtown. Learn about American and international gymnasts, see great photos and memorabilia of the greatest gymnasts including Oklahoma's own Shannon Miller. Don't forget to browse through the great gift shop while you are there. It's a great opportunity to view medals and awards from the history of this popular sport.
This modern art museum has more than 3000 works from 19th and 20th-century American artists. The highlight is a gallery that focuses on modern American art from the 1950s and 1960s, which includes work by Ellsworth Kelly, Richard Diebenkorn and Robert Indiana. This art museum attracts wonderful traveling exhibits, so check website or call if you are in town to see what is new at the museum. Guided tours are available for groups with ten or more people as long as the reservation is made two weeks prior to visit.