The museum my son wanted to go to most while visiting Oklahoma City was the Museum of Osteology. Who wouldn't want to go to a museum filled with nothing but bones?!?
Okay, I admit it might seem kinda' creepy, but we're a family who gets pretty jazzed about the natural sciences, so this was totally up our alley! I mean, seriously, look at my eleven-year-old son giggling next to this whale skull at the museum entrance.
The museum is small. As in one large room small. But it is full of a vast assortment of animal specimens that kept us busy for a couple of hours. My kids liked that they could split up and go at their own paces separately since I could keep track of both of them easily in the small space.
Upstairs has a fantastic view of the humongous humpback whale skeleton hanging from the ceiling. Also upstairs is a hands-on area where visitors get a chance to try identifying various skulls.
There was also a video running that explained the process required to clean and preserve the skeletons. The other half of the building, Skulls Unlimited, is devoted to cleaning thousands of specimens a month using the methods used in the video. Pretty cool stuff!
Because we arrived at the museum just as it opened, we had the entire place to ourselves for most of our visit. We only encountered other people at the end when a nursing class came in for a field trip.
The museum was so fantastic that my kids even enjoyed the gift shop. One rummaged through the bargain bin to find the perfect ground squirrel skull to take home, and the other decided to spend a little Christmas money on an ammonite fossil.
The Museum of Osteology is a small but worthwhile stop for anyone interested in science and the natural world. Definitely drop in if you ever get the chance!
Cost: $8 adults, $7 kids 3-12, under 3 free with paying adult
Distance from downtown Oklahoma City: about 12 miles, or 17 minutes
What to see: Exhibits dedicated to Primates, Aves, Marsupials, Reptiles and Amphibians, Carnivora, Comparative Anatomy, Forensic Pathology and more.