Crafts and Tales

Sam Noble Museum 2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman, OK, United States

Crafts and Tales is a weekly program for young children and families that is held every Wednesday at 11 a.m. Visitors are invited to join us as we read a short story in our Discovery Room, then take part in a crafting activity. Crafts and Tales is a free activity included with the cost of […]

Explorers Summer Camp (June 24 – 28)

Sam Noble Museum 2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman, OK, United States

Registration for Summer Explorers is fully booked for 2024. To be placed on a waitlist, send an email request to visitor.samnoblemuseum@ou.edu. Is summer already on your mind? Join us for Summer Explorers 2024! The Summer Explorers programs are week-long day camps for children 5 to 11 where students experience natural and cultural history first-hand through […]

Explorers Summer Camp (July 8 – 12)

Sam Noble Museum 2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman, OK, United States

Registration for Summer Explorers is fully booked for 2024. To be placed on a waitlist, send an email request to visitor.samnoblemuseum@ou.edu. Is summer already on your mind? Join us for Summer Explorers 2024! The Summer Explorers programs are week-long day camps for children 5 to 11 where students experience natural and cultural history first-hand through […]

Explorers Summer Camp (July 15 – 19)

Sam Noble Museum 2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman, OK, United States

Registration for Summer Explorers is fully booked for 2024. To be placed on a waitlist, send an email request to visitor.samnoblemuseum@ou.edu. Is summer already on your mind? Join us for Summer Explorers 2024! The Summer Explorers programs are week-long day camps for children 5 to 11 where students experience natural and cultural history first-hand through […]

Fossils: Prehistoric Puzzle Pieces

Sam Noble Museum 2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman, OK, United States

Fossils are nature's time capsules, offering researchers a unique window into the past. They can be used to answer a vast array of questions regarding climate changes, earth chemistry fluctuations, evolutionary relationships, and much more. The information obtained from these prehistoric artifacts allows scientists to "dig up" the dirt on ancient life and provides tangible […]

K-12 Educator Open House

Sam Noble Museum 2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman, OK, United States

Sam Noble Museum's Educator open house is designed for educators, teachers, and anyone passionate about enriching the educational experience of their students through the wonders of natural and cultural history. Gather resources, hop on a tour, network with peers, and gain valuable tools and insights to spark curiosity and inspire your students.  

Explorers Summer Camp (July 22 – 26)

Sam Noble Museum 2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman, OK, United States

Registration for Summer Explorers is fully booked for 2024. To be placed on a waitlist, send an email request to visitor.samnoblemuseum@ou.edu. Is summer already on your mind? Join us for Summer Explorers 2024! The Summer Explorers programs are week-long day camps for children 5 to 11 where students experience natural and cultural history first-hand through […]

America’s First Inhabitants: Why Isn’t Clovis First Anymore?

Sam Noble Museum 2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman, OK, United States

The Clovis-First model was proposed in the early 20th century after artifacts were unearthed in Clovis, New Mexico. These artifacts hinted at civilizations far older than previously assumed. When Radiocarbon dating was developed in the 1950s, the Clovis artifacts were dated to 11,500 years ago. Proponents of the Clovis-First Model believe that there was one […]

Little Scientists: Senses

Sam Noble Museum 2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman, OK, United States

Introduce your little learner to science concepts through doing, discovering, and making! Each stand-alone program explores a different theme and features stories, games, songs, crafts, and museum exploration. This month: Engage your little one in a journey of sensory exploration! Registration opens on August 1 Registration closes on 20 Aug. Cost: $15 (Member parent/child pair) […]

Explorers Day Camp

Sam Noble Museum 2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman, OK, United States

Explorers Day Camp at the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History invites kids ages 5 to 11 on an adventure like no other. Dive into the museum’s exhibits, where ancient civilizations, fossils, and creatures from distant eras come alive. Kids will engage in hands-on activities, crafts, and games that ignite their curiosity while our trained […]

Spike’s After School Club: Magical Experiments

Sam Noble Museum 2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman, OK, United States

Calling all young wizards, sorceresses, and magical enthusiasts! Spike’s After-School Club is your portal to a world where learning is an enchanting adventure. In this month's program, every Thursday from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., our curious club members will gather to unravel the secrets hidden within the pages of their favorite fantasy books and […]

Curiousiday: Monarch Marvels

Sam Noble Museum 2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman, OK, United States

Join the adventure in "Flight of the Monarchs," where we learn about the incredible world of monarch butterflies. Learn about their life cycle, migration, and why they are important. Take part in activities that teach us about how we can help keep the monarch butterflies safe and healthy. It's an opportunity to have fun, learn, […]

Craft, Play and Discover: Native American Games

Sam Noble Museum 2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman, OK, United States

Gather 'round adventurers of all ages, and let’s dive into the world of traditional Native American games! In addition to crafting and playing games, participants will interact with objects from the museum’s Ethnology and Native American Languages collections! Registration opens on August 1, 2024 Registration closes on September 13, 2024 Cost: $20 (Member parent/child pair) […]

Little Scientists: Amazing Archaeology

Sam Noble Museum 2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman, OK, United States

Introduce your little learner to science concepts through doing, discovering, and making! Each stand-alone program explores a different theme and features stories, games, songs, crafts, and museum exploration. This month: Uncover ancient secrets through excavation with your little explorer. Registration opens on August 1, 2024 Registration closes on September 17, 2024 Cost: $15 (Member parent/child […]

Culture Matters: Learning from and Caring for Cultural Heritage

Sam Noble Museum 2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman, OK, United States

Assistant Curator of Ethnology, Dr. Claire Nicholas, and Ethnology Collections Manager Ella Crenshaw, use belongings in the museum's collection to model the methods and perspectives of doing museum anthropology, including object-based and ethnographic research on material culture, and ways to reconstruct the missing stories or information about collections. Heritage is relevant not only for understanding […]

Chase Earles: The History of Caddo Pottery

Sam Noble Museum 2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman, OK, United States

Join us for an inspiring journey into the heart of Caddo culture as renowned artist Chase Earles unveils the rich tapestry of Caddo Pottery. During this free, public event, Earles will delve into the fascinating history of Caddo pottery, sharing techniques passed down through generations. Witness the magic unfold as he demonstrates the art of pottery […]

Chase Earles: Pottery Firing Demonstration

Sam Noble Museum 2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman, OK, United States

Chase Earles will conduct a traditional Caddo pottery pit-firing demonstration outside of the Sam Noble Museum, near the pond on the left side of the museum entrance. The artist will answer questions related to pottery techniques and Caddo culture and discuss how this long-established practice can influence contemporary art making. This program is free to […]

Drawing Lab: Sketching Objects

Sam Noble Museum 2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman, OK, United States

Embrace your creativity while exploring the world of natural science! Draw one-of-a-kind objects from the museum’s collection in an open studio environment. Basic drawing supplies will be available for use, but you are welcomed to bring your preferred choice of media. In October, we’re diving into the eerie side of nature and sketching skeletons! This […]

Explorers Day Camp

Sam Noble Museum 2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman, OK, United States

Explorers Day Camp at the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History invites kids ages 5 to 11 on an adventure like no other. Dive into the museum’s exhibits, where ancient civilizations, fossils, and creatures from distant eras come alive. Kids will engage in hands-on activities, crafts, and games that ignite their curiosity while our trained […]

Curiousiday Spooktacular: Dynamic Decay

On October 12th, join us for our annual Curiousiday Spooktacular and adventure into the heart of nature’s spooky secrets. This year we explore “Dynamic Decay”—a captivating look into the hidden processes that sustain life, even in its final moments. Uncover the amazing ways nature recycles, and learn how decomposition keeps our environment thriving. As the moon rises […]

Sketching Lab: Sketching Objects

Sam Noble Museum 2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman, OK, United States

Embrace your creativity while exploring the world of natural science! Draw one-of-a-kind objects from the museum’s collection in an open studio environment. Basic drawing supplies will be available for use, but you are welcomed to bring your preferred choice of media. In October, we’re diving into the eerie side of nature and sketching skeletons! This […]

Mass Extinctions: The Causes and Consequences of Life’s Biggest Catastrophes

Sam Noble Museum 2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman, OK, United States

In the last half-billion years, a handful of catastrophic events known as mass extinctions wiped out vast numbers of species, forever changing the trajectory of life on Earth. This talk will dive into the ancient past to discuss the causes and long-term effects of mass extinctions and how they are studied by paleontologists and geologists. […]

Spike’s After-School Club: Archaeology

Sam Noble Museum 2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman, OK, United States

This month, Spike’s After-School Club invites children to explore the fascinating world of archaeology through hands-on activities and play. Every Thursday from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., kids age 6-11 will delve into natural and cultural history themes, discovering ancient artifacts and learning about real excavation techniques. Join us for a fun-filled adventure where digging […]

Little Scientists: Spooky Critters

Sam Noble Museum 2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman, OK, United States

Introduce your little learner to science concepts through doing, discovering, and making! Each stand-alone program explores a different theme and features stories, games, songs, crafts, and museum exploration. This month: Explore habitats, behaviors, and unique features of spooky critters. Registration opens on August 1, 2024 Registration closes on October 15, 2024 Cost: $15 (Member parent/child […]

The Science of Sci-Fi: ZOMBIES!

Sam Noble Museum 2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman, OK, United States

Join us as we explore the science behind our favorite science fiction classics. This time we take a look at zombies. How real are they? How would they move? And why are they so hungry? Learn the answers to these questions and more by joining us for a spooky, Halloween-themed installment of Science of Sci-Fi. […]

Archaeology Day

Sam Noble Museum 2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman, OK, United States

Archaeology Day at the Sam Noble Museum celebrates International Archaeology Day and includes several family-oriented activities such as flintknapping and atlatl demonstrations. Visitors can also excavate in sandboxes, participate in arts and crafts and take archaeologist-led tours. All activities are included free with your general admission. 

Drawing Lab: Sketching Objects

Sam Noble Museum 2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman, OK, United States

Embrace your creativity while exploring the world of natural science! Draw one-of-a-kind objects from the museum’s collection in an open studio environment. Basic drawing supplies will be available for use, but you are welcomed to bring your preferred choice of media. This program is suited for ages 12+. Participants under the age of 18 must […]

Dig into Dinosaurs: Dino Designs!

Sam Noble Museum 2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman, OK, United States

Dino Designs is an exciting adventure for the whole family. Join us as we explore the museum galleries before simulating our own fossil excavations, and unearthing our own dino treasures. But the real highlight? Designing your very own dinosaur to take home! It’s a dino-mite evening you won’t want to miss! Registration opens on August 1, […]

Weird Science: Cryptozoology (Young Adult)

Sam Noble Museum 2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman, OK, United States

Dive into the odd side of natural history with Weird Science, a program where the bizarre, the unexpected, and the downright weird take center stage. We’re talking hands-on experiments, gallery crawls, and a whole lot more. This time, we’re getting the lowdown on cryptids, the pseudo-scientific creatures of legend and lore. Think Bigfoot’s just a tall […]

Curiousiday: Fields of Discovery

Sam Noble Museum 2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman, OK, United States

Step into a sun-kissed landscape where science and farming collide! In this captivating Curiousiday, we’ll delve into sustainable farming practices that are revolutionizing the way we grow our food. We’ll also turn back the clock and explore the ancient wisdom of civilizations past. How did ancient farmers tend to their crops and pass down the age-old techniques […]

Drawing Lab: Sketching Objects

Sam Noble Museum 2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman, OK, United States

Embrace your creativity while exploring the world of natural science! Draw one-of-a-kind objects from the museum’s collection in an open studio environment. Basic drawing supplies will be available for use, but you are welcomed to bring your preferred choice of media. This program is suited for ages 12 and older. Participants under the age of […]

Weird Science: The Science of Slime (Kids)

Sam Noble Museum 2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman, OK, United States

Get ready to explore, learn, and get your hands SLIMY! This installment of Weird Science explores the fascinating science of slime and promises to ignite your child’s curiosity about the wonderfully weird world of science. Together we'll make crafts, play games, explore the museum, and learn some of science’s strangest facts about its slimiest substances.  This […]

Little Scientists: Fossil Fun

Sam Noble Museum 2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman, OK, United States

Introduce your little learner to science concepts through doing, discovering, and making! Each stand-alone program explores a different theme and features stories, games, songs, crafts, and museum exploration. This month: Step into the shoes of a paleontologist as we explore fossils and discover the stories they tell about life long ago. This program is suited […]

Exploring Biodiversity Shifts in the Northern Gulf of Mexico

Sam Noble Museum 2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman, OK, United States

Human-caused pollution in the northern Gulf of Mexico has increased over recent decades as a result of land-use and waste management practices. Nutrient enrichment increases rates of primary productivity, resulting in greater organic accumulation on the seafloor, which can lead to the development of oxygen-poor conditions. How do changing environmental conditions impact seafloor-dwelling communities? We […]

Explorers Day Camp: Thanksgiving Break

Sam Noble Museum 2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman, OK, United States

Explorers Day Camp at the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History invites kids ages 5 to 11 on an adventure like no other. Dive into the museum’s exhibits, where ancient civilizations, fossils, and creatures from distant eras come alive. Kids will engage in hands-on activities, crafts, and games that ignite their curiosity while our trained […]

What’s That Skull?

Sam Noble Museum 2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman, OK, United States

Have you ever found an animal skull on a walk or in your backyard and wondered what animal it came from? Well, wonder no longer! Learn how to identify animal skulls in this free presentation hosted by curatorial associate Rebecca Hawkins, creator of What's That Skull?   Participants are encouraged to bring pictures of skulls […]

Curiousiday: Illumination Imagination

Sam Noble Museum 2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman, OK, United States

Explore the world of light and bioluminescence during this Curiousiday event. Discover how living things use light, from deep-sea creatures, insects, to mammals. Join in a journey of scientific exploration and holiday celebration as we learn about the bright wonders in our natural world.   

Little Scientists: Warmth in Winter

Sam Noble Museum 2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman, OK, United States

Introduce your little learner to science concepts through doing, discovering, and making! Each stand-alone program explores a different theme and features stories, games, songs, crafts, and museum exploration. This month: Bundle up for exploration of winter warmth as we explore ways that animals and people keep warm. This program is suited for children ages 3 […]