Current Exhibits


Roots of Wisdom:  Native Knowledge.  Shared Science.

Jan. 28 through May 7, 2017

Overcoming environmental and cultural challenges can make for unexpected partnerships that result in extraordinary outcomes. With its newest exhibit, “Roots of Wisdom: Native Knowledge. Shared Science,” the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History shares the knowledge of native peoples and cutting-edge Western science, providing insight into how we can improve our relationship with the natural world.

“Roots of Wisdom” features stories from four indigenous communities, giving visitors real-life examples of how traditional knowledge and Western science together provide complementary solutions to ecological and health challenges we face today. Through the voices of elders and youth, engaging video interactives and hands-on games, visitors will gather resources, examine data and take part in the growing movement toward sustainability and the reclamation of age-old practices.

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Ugly Bugs! Celebrating 20 years of the Oklahoma Microscopy Society’s Ugly Bug Contest

Feb. 11 through Sept. 4, 2017

The Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History and the Oklahoma Microscopy Society celebrate 20 years of the Oklahoma Ugly Bug contest with an exhibition of larger-than-life photos of insects, all captured by the contest’s 2016 winners.

Open to all Oklahoma elementary schools, the annual “ugly bug” competition is designed to get students interested in microscopy and entomology at a young age. The rules are simple: Each school can submit one bug — the uglier, the better — and a complete scientific description of the insect. Entries are processed at SEM labs across the state, including Oklahoma State University, Phillips 66 and the Samuel Roberts Noble Microscopy Laboratory on the University of Oklahoma campus, and imaged by a scanning electron microscope. The school with the winning entry, judged by a group of OMS members, receives a Leica stereomicroscope.

“This exhibit provides a great opportunity for kids to learn more about the world around them and do so on a much different scale than they’re used to,” said Katrina Menard, entomology curator at the Sam Noble Museum. “Visitors will be able to see the beauty of these bugs that they wouldn’t be able to see with the naked eye.”


COMING SOON: "Comets, Asteroids, Meteors: Great Balls of Fire!"

May 20 through Sept. 10

The threat of a catastrophic impact from an asteroid or comet is a staple of popular culture. If there was a dinosaur killer in Earth’s past, is there a human killer in our future? What are the chances and how do we assess the risks? For that matter, what are asteroids, comets and meteorites, and where do they come from?

Learn the answers to these questions and explore the science of the solar system in the upcoming “Comets, Asteroids, Meteors: Great Balls of Fire!” exhibit coming to the Sam Noble Museum in summer 2017.

This exhibit was created by the Space Science Institute’s National Center for Interactive Learning, with funding from the National Science Foundation and NASA,.

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