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The Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History is a natural history museum in Norman, Oklahoma, operated by the University of Oklahoma. It is currently housed in a building on Chautauqua Avenue that opened on May 1, 2000. The museum's exhibits include a Native American gallery and collections of fossils and dinosaur skeletons from Oklahoma and throughout the world. The museum features seven different galleries as well as the interactive, hands-on Discovery Room. With twelve collection divisions and over 6,000,000 items, Sam Noble is one of the world's largest university-based natural history museums. On October 25, 2006 it was announced that the museum got a one million dollar gift to build an orientation gallery and Paleozoic Hall expected to open in Spring 2009 and May 31, 2008.[1]

Among the museum's notable items are:

  • The world's largest Apatosaurus skeleton.
  • The Cooper Skull, a bison skull, found in 1994, which is "the oldest painted object in North America."[2]
  • A Pentaceratops skeleton with a skull 3.1 meters high, the largest known of a land vertebrate. The skull was excavated in 1941, but was not removed from its rock matrix until 1995.[3]



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Coordinates: 35°11′40″N 97°26′58″W / 35.194457°N 97.449339°W / 35.194457; -97.449339



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