Science Museum Oklahoma

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The Science Museum Oklahoma is a science museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The museum is home to the Kirkpatrick Planetarium and a dome theater, as well as a number of specialized galleries.

History[edit]

The museum began as the Kirkpatrick Planetarium in 1958, which moved to a permanent dome at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds in 1962.[1] Later that year, the Oklahoma Science and Arts Foundation was founded on the fairgrounds.[1] In 1978 the foundation changed its name to Omniplex Science Museum, then moved with the Kirkpatrick Planetarium to the newly built Kirkpatrick Center museum campus.[1] Later additions include the Oklahoma Air and Space Museum in 1980, the Kirkpatrick Gardens and Greenhouse in 1985, and the OmniDome Theater in 1998, Oklahoma's first large-format, dome-screen theater.[1] In 2007 Omniplex changed its name to Science Museum Oklahoma. Since the rebranding the museum has undergone extensive remodeling, adding countless new exhibits and galleries, including a kid-friendly space exhibit and three new art galleries.

Kirkpatrick Air and Space Museum

Kirkpatrick Air and Space Museum[edit]

This section of the museum preserves and honors the contributions of Oklahomans to aerospace. Notable artifacts include the Apollo Command Module simulator, an Apollo Lunar Module replica built by Canadian inventor William Lishman, and artifacts related to Oklahoman aviator Wiley Post. Some of the artifacts are currently on loan to the Oklahoma History Center, which opened in November 2005.

Oklahoma Aviation and Space Hall of Fame[edit]

The museum houses the Oklahoma Aviation and Space Hall of Fame, which has a new second floor exhibit with pictures and biographies of the inductees. The main exhibit hall with historical exhibits including full-scale models of Mercury, Gemini and Apollo capsules as well as the actual Apollo Command Module Simulator used to train Apollo astronauts, is currently closed for construction. The room can still be seen from a balcony in an obscure AWAC exhibit.

International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum

International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum[edit]

The International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum relocated to St. Louis, Missouri in 2013 and no longer resides at the Science Museum.

This gallery was formerly a tribute to the art and technology of photography. It was home to the world's largest "photo-mural", a laserscape of the Grand Canyon.

Red Earth Museum

Red Earth Museum[edit]

No longer located in museum

Formerly located at the Science Museum Oklahoma, the Red Earth Museum and office relocated to downtown Oklahoma City in early 2010, to 6 Santa Fe Plaza, next to the historic Skirvin Hotel. The museum examines Native American cultures and lifestyles.

International Gymnastics Hall of Fame[edit]

The International Gymnastics Hall of Fame is located inside Science Museum Oklahoma, and features collections of medals, apparatus, and awards, various pieces of sculptures, and a library. The organization dedicated to honoring those who have furthered the sport of gymnastics. Inductees include Nadia Comăneci, Olga Korbut, Bart Conner, Valeri Liukin, Mary Lou Retton, Larisa Latynina, Nikolai Andrianov, and Věra Čáslavská.

The Dome Theater[edit]

The Dome Theater is currently the only theater of its kind in Oklahoma City. It is a large format theater running 15/70 mm film. The bulb inside the projector is 15,000 watts.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Omniplex History at a Glance". About Omniplex. Science Museum Oklahoma. Archived from the original on 2008-03-16. Retrieved 2008-01-10. 

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Coordinates: 35°31′25″N 97°28′30″W / 35.5236°N 97.4751°W / 35.5236; -97.4751