Still known to many as the Omniplex, the Science Museum of Oklahoma is a goldmine of educational information and fun for Oklahoma City residents of all ages. It contains a Planetarium, a Dome Theater, multiple exhibits, and live science experiments conducted in front of audiences every day. The Science Museum is perfect for school field trips and family visits alike.
The Planetarium at the Science Museum is Oklahoma’s first publicly accessible planetarium and has been in operation since 1958. Its daily presentation of Tonight’s Sky shows museum visitors the stars and constellations visible in the night sky without the use of a telescope. The program is regularly updated to match Oklahoma’s sky based on information guidelines from NASA.
The Dome Theater
The Dome Theater is Oklahoma’s first large format dome screened theater. The domed screen is 70 feet in diameter, and virtually surrounds the audience for maximum viewing pleasure. A highly advanced projection system provides thrilling sound and effects to complement the experience. There are usually two different films played at multiple times each day in the Science Museum’s Dome Theater.
Whodunit features real-life mystery and the methods behind forensic science to teach visitors about crime investigations. The exhibit is led by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and other forensic professionals.
This exhibit boasts the nation’s tallest spiral slide and allows visitors to learn about the six simple machines as they climb through a two-story tree house.
Explorazone offers multiple stations demonstrating waves, sound, color, and light. There are both illusions and real-life examples of the principles at play. Visitors won’t believe their eyes!
The Destination Space exhibit walks visitors through the wonders of rockets, gravity, satellites, and other means of space exploration. As always, there are many hands-on stations teaching physics, aerodynamics and natural science as it relates to space.
The Tinkering Garage includes Legos, building blocks, a peg wall, and more to allow visitors some imaginative creating of their own. Open-ended play is encouraged as guests learn more about aerodynamics and engineering. There is even a wind tunnel where visitors can test out their own flying creations!
This is a place for families to recharge. There are multiple play stations for the younger visitors, and even a nursing room for mom. Multiple monitors are set up so that parents can keep an eye on the bigger kids as they sit with the younger siblings.
The International Gymnastics Hall of Fame
This is exactly as it sounds. The Gymnastics Hall of Fame honors well-known and accomplished gymnasts with medals, sculptures, displays, and a vast library.
The Oklahoma Science Museum contains one of the nation’s premier collections of aviation related materials. It walks visitors through aviation from DaVinci’s drawings all the way to present day aircraft.
There is also an impressive train collection at the museum, including a fully recreated parlor car from the 1930’s. The 1000 square foot miniature town and train set will impress the young and the old alike.
Science Live is a 40 minute show run twice a day to show visitors real live science experiments and demonstrations. Guests will see chemical and physical reactions and explosions, and can even participate in some of the experiments themselves!
Bright Nights offer families the opportunity to spend the night in the Science Museum and participate in themed activities before settling down into their own sleeping bags. These are offered throughout the year and the themes vary.
There are also multiple birthday party packages. Some even allow kids to make their own ice cream using liquid nitrogen. Prices vary based on museum membership.
One week summer camps are offered for elementary aged children throughout the summer. These include activities and experiments, lunch, and t-shirts. Registration is $200 for members and $235 for non-members.
There is also a rental space available for a variety of special events. Prior special events have included business meetings, corporate parties, holiday parties, and company picnics among others. There are options for either on-site catering by the Science Museum, or for preferred off-site caterers.
Hours and Admission
Museum hours are Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Ticket prices vary based on which exhibits will be seen. The range is $8.45-$14.95 for adults, $6.95-$11.95 for seniors 65 and up and for children 4-12, and children 3 and under are admitted for free.
Membership packages provide multiple benefits, including admission, discounts, and special events. The prices range from $60-$200.
See the official site for more information.
Other Oklahoma City Museums:
The Sam Noble Museum of Natural History
The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum
The Oklahoma City Museum of Art
The Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum
The Myriad Botanical Gardens of Oklahoma City