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Sam Noble Museum

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2401 Chatauqua Ave
Norman, OK 73072 United States
(405) 325-4712http://samnoblemuseum.ou.edu
June 2017

Cool Critters

June 26, 2017 @ 8:00 am - June 30, 2017 @ 10:00 am
summer explorers

Wildlife comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes.  Discover the different kinds of critters that live in the world and search for a new one each day! Cool Critters is an outdoor program for children ages 5 to 6. 

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Creepy Crawlies

June 26, 2017 @ 11:00 am - June 30, 2017 @ 1:00 pm
summer explorers

Do you like creatures that give others the creepy crawlies? Join us as we study animals that slither, creep and crawl! Creepy Crawlies is an outdoor program for children ages 7 to 8.

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July 2017

Free First Monday For Kids

July 3, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Enjoy complimentary admission to the museum for children 17 and under. General museum admission applies to visitors 18 and over. Please note that regular admission rates and program rates apply only to school groups scheduling educational programs on Free First Mondays for Kids.

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Brownie Girl Scout "Inventor" Workshop

July 3, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Brownie Girl Scouts

Bring your creativity to the museum as we explore new ways to use everyday things! What can you do with a box? How many different ways can you use nature to make music? Learn to think like an inventor and find out! Brownie Scouts will complete all the requirements to earn the “Inventor” badge.

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Junior Girl Scout "Animal Habitats" Workshop

July 5, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Junior Girl Scouts

Walk on the wild side as we explore the animals all around us. Join us and explore classification, Oklahoma habitats, endangered animals and more! Junior Scouts will complete all requirements for the “Animal Habitats” badge.

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Webelos Scout "Earth Rocks!" Workshop

July 6, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Become a geologist! We’ll go on a rock hunt, identify minerals and explore geology in action! Webelos will complete requirements for the “Earth Rocks!” adventure pin.

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Bear Cub Scout "Super Science" Workshop

July 7, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Bear Cub Scouts

Calling all scientists! Join us as we explore and experiment with static electricity, color and more! Bear Scouts will complete requirements for the “Super Science” adventure loop.

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Scat: What's That??

July 10, 2017 @ 8:00 am - July 14, 2017 @ 10:00 am
summer explorers

What’s the scoop on animal poop? Why does it happen and why do we study it? Can you really track an animal using what it leaves behind? Join us as we explore the science of scat. Scat: What’s That?? is an indoor program for children ages 5 to 6. 

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Space Cadets

July 10, 2017 @ 11:00 am - July 14, 2017 @ 1:00 pm
summer explorers

Calling all astronomers!  Join us for a camp that is out of this world. What is a shooting star? How do rockets get all the way to outer space? Become a space cadet and find out! Space Cadets is an indoor program for children ages 7 to 8.

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Ologist: Behind the Scenes

July 10, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - July 14, 2017 @ 4:00 pm
summer explorers

What really goes on behind the scenes at the museum? We will meet scientists, artists and exhibit developers to find out how they work together to create the exhibits you see when you visit your favorite museums! Ologist: Behind the Scenes is an indoor program for children ages 9 to 11.

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A Night at the Museum

July 13, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
summer explorers

Have you ever wondered what happens in the museum when the doors are locked and the lights go down? Explore and play in the museum with your family in a whole new way…you just might see something you’ve never seen before! Deadline to register is July 3. 

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Creature Features

July 17, 2017 @ 8:00 am - July 21, 2017 @ 10:00 am
summer explorers

Why do skunks smell so funky? What makes a vulture vomit? How do butterflies ward off predators? We’ll explore the strange, impressive and totally cool ways that animals defend themselves. Creature Features is an indoor program for children ages 5 to 6. 

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Cool Cretaceous Creatures

July 17, 2017 @ 11:00 am - July 21, 2017 @ 1:00 pm
summer explorers

Hang out with some of the greatest dinosaurs of the Mesozoic Era! Join us for a journey back through time to the peak of the dinosaur age. Cool Cretaceous Creatures is an indoor program for children ages 7 to 8.

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Animal Babies

July 17, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - July 21, 2017 @ 4:00 pm
summer explorers

Get ready to grow up wild! Learn about your favorite baby animals and the different ways they survive. Animal Babies is an indoor program for children ages 5 to 6. 

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A Night with Bats

July 21, 2017 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
summer explorers

What can you discover in the dark? Join us as we explore the amazing life of bats and other nocturnal critters! Bring your blanket and sense of adventure- after a short exploration at the museum we will travel by caravan to a local park to encounter high flying mammals and more!  Deadline to register is July 12. 

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Dinosaur Detectives

July 24, 2017 @ 8:00 am - July 28, 2017 @ 10:00 am
summer explorers

Are you on the hunt for fossils? Explore fossils of all shapes and sizes as we investigate dinosaurs and their relatives, just like paleontologists do! Dinosaur Detectives is an indoor program for children ages 5 to 6.

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Grossology

July 24, 2017 @ 11:00 am - July 28, 2017 @ 1:00 pm
summer explorers

Are you ready for gross science? We will explore awesome and weird sciences and conduct the coolest, craziest experiments. Join us and become an expert in grossology. Grossology is an indoor program for children ages 5 to 6. 

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Weird and Wacky Science

July 24, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - July 28, 2017 @ 4:00 pm
summer explorers

We’ll create concoctions, make gooey ooze and try out exciting experiments! Join us as we see what happens when science gets wacky! Weird and Wacky Science is an indoor program for children ages 7 to 8.

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August 2017

Free First Monday for Kids

August 7, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Enjoy complimentary admission to the museum for children 17 and under. General museum admission applies to visitors 18 and over. Please note that regular admission rates and program rates apply only to school groups scheduling educational programs on Free First Mondays for Kids.

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The Beauty of the Beast

August 11, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Have you ever painted with feathers? Can you draw like an Apatosaurus? Capture the wonder of the wild as we explore different ways to make animal art. We’ll get inspiration from exploring the amazing animals in our museum galleries and investigate creative art techniques in this fun family workshop. This event is for children 5 and up with an adult. Space is limited and advance registration is required. On-site registration is not available for this program. Registration begins June 12…

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September 2017

Free First Monday for Kids

September 4, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Enjoy complimentary admission to the museum for children 17 and under. General museum admission applies to visitors 18 and over. Please note that regular admission rates and program rates apply only to school groups scheduling educational programs on Free First Mondays for Kids.

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Spike's Club: Terrible Teeth

September 7, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
spikes club

Chomp, chew, crunch! How did dinosaurs eat their lunch? Become a paleontologist and explore what fossils can tell us about a dino’s favorite food. Deadline to register is Aug. 28. 

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Wolf Cub Scouts “Air of the Wolf” Workshop

September 8, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - September 9, 2017 @ 12:00 pm
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Investigate the air that is all around you! How does air make sound? Why can some things fly? Join us as we discover just what air can do. This program is available on either Friday, Sept. 8, 5 to 7 p.m. or Saturday, Sept. 9, 10 a.m. to noon. 

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Cadette Girl Scout "Trees" Workshop

September 9, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Cadette Girl Scouts

Get to the root of what trees are all about! Join us as you design a tree house, discover art in nature and plant your very own tree! Cadette Scouts will complete all the requirements to earn the “Trees” badge. For Cadette Scouts only: chaperones not required, with signed waiver.

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Grandparent's Day

September 10, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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The museum offers complimentary admission to all grandparents on this day.

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Museum Day Live!

September 23, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Smithsonian Museum Day Live!

Museum Day Live! is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket from the Smithsonian Museum’s website. 

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October 2017

Teacher Appreciation Month

October 1, 2017 @ 10:00 am - October 31, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
Teacher Appreciation Month

During the month of October, all pre-K through 12th-grade educators and their families visit the museum for free. Education department will have informational packets available to teachers at the front desk.

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Science In Action & Object ID Day

October 1, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Science in Action 2015

Have a unique object from the natural or cultural world on your hands? Experts from the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History can help identify your family heirlooms, fossils, rocks and other finds at the annual Science in Action and Object ID Day, taking place from 1-5 p.m. Oct. 1. This free, family-friendly and science-packed event not only gives the community a chance to discover the hidden gems in their own collections, but it also provides an opportunity to…

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Free First Monday for Kids

October 2, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Enjoy complimentary admission to the museum for children 17 and under. General museum admission applies to visitors 18 and over. Please note that regular admission rates and program rates apply only to school groups scheduling educational programs on Free First Mondays for Kids.

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Archaeology Day at the Museum

October 8, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Archaeology Day

Activities will include flint-knapping and atlatl demonstrations, learning traditional cordage, archaeologist-led tours and archaeo-scavenger hunts in the Hall of the People of Oklahoma, sandbox excavations, arts and crafts, and more. All activities are included with general museum admission. Archaeology Day at the Museum is not only part of the celebration of International Archaeology Day (Oct. 21), but also part of Oklahoma Archaeology month, spotlighting the archaeology and history of Oklahoma.

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Spike's Club: Slithering Science

October 12, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
spikes club

Explore the sensational, scaly world of snakes. Become a herpetologist in our Natural Wonders exhibit and then explore a live snake up close! Deadline to register is Sept. 25.  *Offered on the second Thursday of the month. 

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Adult Invertebrate Fossil Field Trip

October 13, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - October 14, 2017 @ 4:00 pm
Fossil Field Trips

The Sam Noble Museum invites you to join invertebrate paleontology curator Steve Westrop, Ph.D., for an exciting journey into Oklahoma’s Paleozoic past. Explore life in Oklahoma’s ancient oceans on Friday evening with a close-up look at some of the museum’s finest invertebrate specimens. On Saturday morning, we will depart from the museum and travel in university vans to the site where you will find a variety of marine fossils that you can take home. Bring a sack lunch, snacks, comfortable…

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Spike's Spooktacular Fall Fest

October 26, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Spike's Spooktacular

Another favorite museum event, “Spooktacular” offers visitors a chance to dress in their family-friendly costumes, earn prizes and explore the fascinating world of natural history at the museum.   Check back later for more updates on Spooktacular closer to the event. 

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November 2017

Spike's Club: Survival of the Fittest

November 2, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Do crocodiles have feathers? Do birds have sharp teeth? Join us as we discover why animals have different adaptations and investigate our new “Explore Evolution” temporary exhibit! Deadline to register is Oct. 23. 

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Brownie Girl Scout "Letterboxer" Workshop

November 4, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Brownie Girl Scouts

We are going on a treasure hunt! What are we looking for? Letterboxes! Join us as we explore nature, learn how to describe our surroundings and become a part of the amazing adventure game called "letterboxing!"

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Webelos Scouts “Earth Rocks” Workshop

November 4, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Become a geologist! We’ll go on a rock hunt, identify minerals and explore geology in action! Webelos will complete requirements for the “Earth Rocks!” Webelos/AOL elective adventure pin.

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Free First Monday for Kids

November 6, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Enjoy complimentary admission to the museum for children 17 and under. General museum admission applies to visitors 18 and over. Please note that regular admission rates and program rates apply only to school groups scheduling educational programs on Free First Mondays for Kids.

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Homeschool Day

November 8, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Homeschool

Homeschoolers! Come experience a day of learning and exploration at the Sam Noble Museum. Homeschool students and groups are invited to participate in hands-on, educational science programs focusing on discovering the natural world.

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Everything Evolves!

November 17, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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What does fungus have to do with ants? Are chickens really related to T-Rex? Join us for an evening of games and exploration as we discover how living things evolve. The fun doesn’t stop there! We will conclude our program with a special challenge as we investigate our new temporary exhibit “Explore Evolution™”. This event is for children 5 and up with an adult. Space is limited and advance registration is required. On-site registration is not available for this program. Registration…

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Tiger Cub Scouts "Sky is the Limit" Workshop

November 18, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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Have you ever wondered about the things you see in the night sky? Do you want to know how to focus a telescope? Join us for an evening of stars, science and Scouts! Tiger Scouts will search the skies and explore constellations in this astronomical workshop. Tiger Cub Scouts will complete the requirements to earn the "Sky is the Limit" adventure loop. Deadline to register is Oct. 25.

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Museum Closed

November 23, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Closed

The museum is closed on Thursday, Nov. 23 for Thanksgiving Day. 

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December 2017

Bear Cub Scouts “Make It Move” Workshop

December 1, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - December 2, 2017 @ 12:00 pm
Bear Cub Scouts

Levers and pulleys and inclined planes, oh my! Learn how to make objects move up, down, and all around. Bear Cub Scouts will complete all the requirements to earn the “Make It Move” adventure loop. This program is available on Friday, Dec. 1, 5 to 8 p.m. or Saturday, Dec. 2, 9 a.m. to noon. 

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Junior Girl Scout "Detective" Workshop

December 2, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Junior Girl Scouts

Investigation station! Junior Girl Scouts will explore the science behind detective work during this museum mystery. Will you be able to figure out whodunit when a priceless museum object goes missing?

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Free First Monday for Kids

December 4, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Enjoy complimentary admission to the museum for children 17 and under. General museum admission applies to visitors 18 and over. Please note that regular admission rates and program rates apply only to school groups scheduling educational programs on Free First Mondays for Kids.

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Holiday Happening

December 7, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Holiday-Happening

Celebrate the holidays and enjoy music, photos with Santa Claus and special discounts in Excavations, the museum store.   Check back soon for more details. 

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Spike's Club: Rock and Roll

December 14, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Investigate the rocks and minerals underneath our feet with fun, hands-on exploration. Become a geologist and join us for a rockin’ time! Deadline to register is Nov. 27. 

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Museum Closed

December 25, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Closed

The museum is closed on Monday, Dec. 25 in observance of the Christmas holiday. 

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January 2018

Museum Closed

January 1, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Closed

The museum is closed on Monday, Jan. 1 in observance of New Years Day. 

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