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General Information



Museum Public Hours:


Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.

Tickets are available at the door. For more information call:
(405) 325-4712.

Closed: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day





2401 Chautauqua Avenue
Norman, Oklahoma 73072
(University of Oklahoma Campus)

Click here for maps and directions



Admission fees:

$5 adultsVisa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express credit cards accepted
$4 seniors (age 65 and up)
$3 children (ages 6-17)
Children 5 and under free
Free to OU students

We are proud to be a Blue Star Museum!  Offering free admission to military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Free on the first Monday of each month

(School groups please note that regular admission rates and program rates apply to school groups visiting on Free First Mondays.)


No admission fee is required to visit Excavations: The Museum Store or the Redbud Café.



Information and Services:

The museum offers a discount of $1 per ticket for U.S. military personnel and their families (applicable sales taxes are included).

Strollers and wheelchairs are available for loan from the museum Information desk at no cost.



Redbud Café:

The Redbud Café offers sandwiches, salads, desserts, snacks and coffee. Box lunches can be ordered in advance for groups by calling (405) 325-8454. The café also offers complimentary WIFI.

The Redbud Café is open 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.  The cafe is closed on Saturdays, Sundays, and university holidays.



Discovery Room Hours:



Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.


The Discovery Room is a place to explore artifacts and scientific specimens in a hands-on, interactive environment. Visitors can participate in activities, observations and games that focus on understanding natural history, archaeology, fossils, geology and Oklahoma's natural resources. The museum offers a variety of ongoing programs in the Discovery Room, free with museum admission.

NOTE: The Discovery Room may be closed to the public for brief periods in the mornings for school groups or birthday parties.  Check the Discovery Room schedule at the front desk when you arrive.
For school group reservations, please call the Education Department at
325-1008, or email the education department.



Photo Policy:

Flash photography is allowed in all of the museum's permanent galleries. Photography is not allowed in special exhibitions galleries.

Professional photographers are asked to contact the museum's Public Relations department before photographing in the museum: (405) 325-0598.



Our History:

The museum's story is told on the award-winning DVD, Behind the Rain: The Making of a Museum. It is available for order.




In 1899, the Territorial Legislature of the future state of Oklahoma mandated the founding of a natural history museum on the campus of the University of the Territory of Oklahoma in Norman, now the University of Oklahoma. Since that time, the existing museum has had a long and distinguished history, acquiring over 7 million objects that belong to the people of the state of Oklahoma.

The curators and staff of the museum conduct scientific investigations to preserve and develop a greater understanding and appreciation of natural resources and human cultural heritage; they develop exhibitions and conduct educational programs that illustrate, interpret, and explain the natural history of the state and region to bring a greater understanding of our world to the people of Oklahoma and others.

On May 1, 2000, the museum opened its doors to a new century. Over 4 billion years of Oklahoma’s natural history can be seen in a 198,000 square foot facility. Five galleries feature thousands of artifacts in 50,000 square feet of exhibit space. Visitors can immerse themselves in the fascinating natural and cultural history of Oklahoma.

Click here to download four short podcasts about the museum's history.



Our Mission:

The Sam Noble Museum at The University of Oklahoma inspires minds to understand the world through collection-based research, interpretation, and education.



Our Vision:

As one of the finest museums, we are at the heart of our community, collectively working to inspire understanding, appreciation, and stewardship of the earth and its peoples.



Board of Visitors:



Active Board Members:

  Mary Beth Babcock   Tulsa, Oklahoma
  Bill Cameron   Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  Kevin Easley   Tulsa, Oklahoma
  Jonathan Fowler   Norman, Oklahoma
  Taylor Hanson   Tulsa, Oklahoma
  Elaine Hobson   Norman, Oklahoma
  Charles Hollingsworth   Norman, Oklahoma
  Xavier Neira   Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  Lars Noble   Norman, Oklahoma
  Laura K. Ogle   Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  Eric Sherburn   Tulsa, Oklahoma
  Carolyn Taylor   Claremore, Oklahoma
  Reggie Whitten   Edmond, Oklahoma
  Roy Williams   Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  Michael A. Mares   Norman, Oklahoma
  Pamela McIntosh   Norman, Oklahoma

Museum Public Hours

Discovery Room Hours


Maps and Directions

Tours and Group Admission

Information and Services

Birthday Parties

Redbud Cafe

Excavations: The Museum Store

Photo Policy



Our History

Our Mission & Vision

Board of Visitors


Floor Maps

First Floor

Second Floor



American Association of Museums

Oklahoma Museums Association


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