If you’re like us, you’re wondering what on earth is a museum of osteology—and the answer is… BONES! One of only two museums about bones in the United States (the other located in Orlando, Florida), the Museum of Osteology is a surprisingly fascinating and educational museum in Oklahoma City. We are glad we went!
From their brochure: “Focusing on the form and function of the skeletal system, this 7000 square foot museum displays hundreds of skulls and skeletons from all corners of the world. Exhibits include adaptation, locomotion, classification and diversity of the vertebrate kingdom.”
Allow for at least a couple of hours to visit the Museum
There's more to this museum than we expected! Our family of six, including children ages 6-14, arrived fairly late in the day allowing only about an hour to look at the bones. We used up all of that time and probably could’ve filled another hour looking at everything. For those who like to read all of the information in the museum, you'll definitely want more time. We were pleasantly surprised at how interesting it was to see the bones of so many different animals.
Don’t be discouraged by its out of the way location
The museum is not located downtown like many other major tourist attractions in Oklahoma City, but it did not take very long to arrive at the museum. I would say it was only 10-15 minutes from downtown and not hard to find.
Don’t miss the display in the foyer of the museum
One of the most fascinating parts of the museum is located in the foyer where you pay for admission. It is a display of how the bones are cleaned. Go and see for yourself!
Take your time
Some of my family were faster than me at browsing. I found that when I started reading the information by the different bones, I was intrigued and would want to read all of it. There were numerous animal facts that I didn’t know previous to our visit that were easier to see from the bone structure of an animal (e.g. the anatomy of a bird that gives it the power in its wings to fly)
Enjoy the Explorer’s Corner
Our children enjoyed the Explorer’s Corner. There were hands-on activities that allowed you to touch the skulls of several different animals and a guessing game to figure out which belonged to each animal.
Staff was available to answer any questions we had about the bones, their history, how they prepare the bones, where they get the bones, etc.
Don’t be afraid of the bones
Our 8-year-old daughter and animal lover was initially a little scared of the bones, but this gave us a chance to explain to her that none of the animals in the museum were killed for the museum; rather, they had been brought to the museum after they had died. Because they were there, we were able to learn about the animals and understand them better. This put her mind at ease and she was able to enjoy the museum.
Disclosure: We received complimentary admission to the Museum of Osteology for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.
Good to Know
Where: 10301 S. Sunnylane Rd, Oklahoma City, OK
When: M-F 8am-5pm, Sat 11am-5pm, Sun 1pm-5pm
- Adults: (13+) – $8,
- Children (3-12) -$7,
- Children under 3 are free
How Long: 2+ hours
Amenities: gift shop, free parking
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