Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History

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People of Oklahoma exhibit.

The Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History is a natural history museum located on the campus of the University of Oklahoma. The museum was founded in 1899 by an act of the Oklahoma Territorial Legislature, and opened its doors on its current location in 1999. The museum contains approximately "7 million objects and specimens in 12 collections." [1] It has almost 50,000 sq ft (4,600 m2) of exhibit space, with five galleries and exhibits that provide an in-depth tour of Oklahoma’s natural history. It is "one of the world's largest university-based natural history museums."[2]

Before its 1999 relocation and expansion, the original museum chartered by the Legislature in 1899 had been known in much smaller quarters on campus as the Stovall Museum of Science & History, named for J. Willis Stovall, a paleontologist and faculty professor who assembled much of the original collection.

Native American languages[edit]

The Annual Oklahoma Native American Youth Language Fair is held at the museum every April. In 2013, the fair set a new record for attendance, with 921 Native American language students representing 46 different languages.[3][4] Over 72 languages are held in the museum archives.[5]

Notable specimens[edit]



  1. ^ "Collections and Research Division Home". Sam Noble Museum, The University of Oklahoma. Retrieved 2017-06-02. 
  2. ^ "Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History - Full Profile of the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History with Hours, Exhibits, Cost and More". Retrieved 2017-06-002.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  3. ^ Culver, Galen (2013-04-04). "Great State: Native American Language Fair" (, News Channel 4 ed.). Oklahoma City. Retrieved 2013-04-08. 
  4. ^ Shannon, Susan (2013-04-05). "Native American Youth Language Fair has record attendance". KGOU, Your NPR Source for Oklahoma. Retrieved 2013-04-08. 
  5. ^ "Collections Division, Native American Languages Main Page". Sam Noble Museum, The University of Oklahoma. Retrieved 2013-04-08. 
  6. ^ Carter, Brian; Bement, Leland C. (1999). Bison hunting at Cooper site: where lightning bolts drew thundering herds. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press. ISBN 0-8061-3053-9. 
  7. ^ "Delayed Debut for Jumbo Dino Skull". Science. 282 (5390): 871b–. 1998. doi:10.1126/science.282.5390.871b. 

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Coordinates: 35°11′40″N 97°26′56″W / 35.1944°N 97.4490°W / 35.1944; -97.4490