Science Museum Oklahoma#5 in Best Things To Do in Oklahoma City
Founded in 1958 and spanning more than 8 acres, Science Museum Oklahoma offers an interactive look at a variety of science fields, from engineering to aviation and even art. Start at "CurioCity," a 20,000-square-foot "city" divided into eight neighborhoods. Each neighborhood offers interactive features that teach kids (and adults) about different scientific concepts, such as the distribution of mass and investigation and observation. Among the museum's many exhibits, you'll also find a planetarium, a two-story tree house and a "Tinkering Garage" – a hands-on workshop.
According to recent visitors, the Science Museum Oklahoma appeals to a variety of ages and interests. Reviewers raved about the quality of the museum's exhibits and its friendly staff. Travelers were also impressed with the museum's size, saying it was large enough to accommodate the many exhibits and crowds, but not too overwhelming.
You'll find the museum northeast of the downtown area, accessible off of Interstate 35. General admission, which does not include special exhibits, costs $15.95 for adults ages 13 to 64 and $12.95 for kids 3 to 12. The museum is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Parking is available on-site. Along with its exhibits, the museum also offers a gift shop, as well as a casual cafe selling pizza, hot dogs and hamburgers. For more information, visit the facility's website.
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#1 Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum
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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