SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology

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10301 S. Sunnylane Rd.

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If you and your family have an interest in biology or osteology (the study of bones and skeletons), you'll want to add in a stop to this museum. One of just two osteology museums in North America (the other is in Orlando), this museum spans 7,000 square feet and houses more than 300 complete skeletons, as well as more than 400 skulls. Skeletons range in size from an enormous humpback whale to the tiniest hummingbird. As you walk through the museum and learn about the vertebrate kingdom, you'll have the option to touch some of the skeletons on display and learn more about adaptation and locomotion, or how animals evolved to better survive their environment and how that impacted their skeletal system. 

Many recent visitors were pleasantly surprised with their experience at the Museum of Osteology. According to reviewers, the museum doesn't look like much from the outside, but upon entering the building you'll be astonished at the museum's vast collection. Travelers said it was an ideal outing for all ages thanks to the friendly, informative staff; visitors suggested setting aside several hours to tour all of its exhibits.

You'll find the Museum of Osteology about 12 miles southeast of downtown Oklahoma City, off of Interstate 35. General admission costs $8 for adults 13 and older and $7 for kids between the ages of 3 and 12. The museum is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. You won't find a restaurant or cafe on-site, but the museum does house a gift shop. For more information about exhibits and events, visit the museum's website.

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April 19, 1995, was one of those days in America's history when time stopped. A bomb decimated the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building at 9:02 a.m., killing 168 people including 19 children in its blast. This museum and memorial were raised in honor of the people affected by the domestic terrorist attack. The museum offers visitors a chronological self-guided and interactive tour separated into 10 chapters, starting with the history of the site all the way through the bombing's lasting impact and what it means for our country's future. Along the way, you'll see archived news footage, hear survivors (and surviving family members) tell their stories, and see artifacts recovered from the event, including Timothy McVeigh’s getaway car. 

Outside the museum, you'll find a memorial honoring the victims, survivors and rescuers sitting on the grounds where the building once stood. There are many features to the outdoor memorial, but the Field of Empty Chairs is perhaps the most moving, according to recent visitors. Located on the footprint of the Murrah Building are 168 chairs made to represent all the lives lost that day. Each chair details the name of a person, as well as the floor they were on. There are 19 small chairs to represent the children who perished in the bombing.

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