Natural-history museums always instill wonder in children who have become bored with their own closet full of skeletons. Discover a body of knowledge with today's Groupon: for $45, you get a one-year Contributor membership (a $100 value) to the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, located on the University of Oklahoma campus in Norman. Admission for children 5 and under is free every day. The museum is open 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 p.m.–5 p.m. on Sunday. The museum will be open until 1 p.m. on Friday Dec. 24, closed on Christmas Day, and will resume regular hours on Sunday, Dec. 26th.
In existence since 1899, the museum is a historical treasure itself, with more than seven million objects in its collection, including two Guinness World Record–holding dinosaurs. Explore the Hall of Ancient Life, a journey through Oklahoma’s distant, saurus-filled past, built around a centerpiece exhibit of the world’s largest Apatosaurus and Saurophaganax maximus locked in an intense video-game battle. Walk through a realistic Pennsylvanian coal swamp forest crammed full of plants and animals dating back as far as 300 million years. Meanwhile, the Hall of Natural Wonders puts you in the thick of Oklahoma’s natural landscapes, with intricately detailed dioramas including bison and rattlesnakes, as well as enough natural, immersive sounds to convince a cartoon coyote that they're no longer a cartoon.
Admission to the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History is free on the first Monday of each month, but this Groupon can be used on any day, and the tickets can be split among different visits.
The Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History has been featured in the The Oklahoman, Judy’s Book reviewers give the museum an average of four stars, and Yahoo Locals rate it an average of 4.5 stars:
- The Natural History Museum is a must see in Norman! The exhibits are nicely displayed and the collection is unbelievable. There are some wonderfully huge dinosaur skeletons, activities for children, and guided tours. – Marissa K., Judy's Book
- Lots of great exhibits and hands on things for children. – Sarah, Yahoo! Local
Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History
It's impossible to visit the Oklahoma of 300 million years ago, but in the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, you can get closer than usual on a walk through the Hall of Ancient Life. Other galleries showcase a prairie diorama and a realistic limestone cave. A 'hands-on' Discovery Room lets kids and families touch and explore.
2401 Chautauqua Ave.
Norman, Oklahoma 73072Get Directions