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News 9's Road Trip Explores Sam Noble Museum

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The mammoth on display inside the Sam Noble Museum. The mammoth on display inside the Sam Noble Museum.
A portion of the Clash of the Titans exhibit. A portion of the Clash of the Titans exhibit.
Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History
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News 9's Road Trip is headed south this month to Norman to visit the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History.

Admission will be free from 10:00am-5:00pm on Friday, February 15 so bring your family and friends out to meet some of your favorite News 9 anchors and spin the prize wheel while enjoying all the awesome sights and discoveries waiting for you inside the museum.

The Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History at the University of Oklahoma is the one of nation's finest university-based museums. Founded in 1899 by an act of the Oklahoma Territorial Legislature, the museum boasts more than 10 million objects and specimens in its 12 collections, and has fifty thousand square feet of gallery and exhibit space. Visitors are able to take an in-depth look at more than four billion years of Oklahoma's natural history.

The visitor's journey through museum exhibits begins in the new Orientation Gallery, a hands-on exploration of the museum behind the scenes, featuring some of the current research of museum scientists and a look at how collections are acquired, protected and studied. This gallery features hundreds of specimens and artifacts from museum collections, including a reconstruction of the 40-foot head and neck of Sauroposeidon proteles the world's tallest dinosaur, found in Oklahoma in 1994.

The Hall of Ancient Life will take you on an adventure through time. The Paleozoic gallery introduces some of the strange and bizarre creatures that lived in Oklahoma more than 300 million years ago, and includes a walk-through coal swamp forest diorama. This gallery also features some of the mightiest giants ever to walk the earth: the world's largest and smallest Apatosaurus; Saurophaganax; Oklahoma's fierce Jurassic predator; and Pentaceratops, whose ten and a half foot skull is the largest in the world.

Learn how the state's first people lived and worked thousands of years ago in the Hall of the People of Oklahoma. A centerpiece to this exhibit is an artifact known as the "Cooper Skull:" a 10,000-year-old skull from a now-extinct species of bison painted with zig-zag lines that is recognized as the oldest painted object in the New World. This gallery also features hundreds of artifacts representing prehistoric cultures in the state as well as artifacts representing many of the Native American tribes living in Oklahoma today.

Experience the sights and sounds of Oklahoma's native landscapes in the Hall of Natural Wonders' unique eco regions. Take a virtual tour across the state to view an Ozark mountain stream, a limestone cave, a mixed grass prairie and Black Mesa, Oklahoma's highest and driest landscape. Interactive touch-screen panels allow visitors to learn more about the plants and animals they see, view photos, hear frog- and bird calls and more.

In the Gallery of World Cultures see the beautiful cultural rarities from all over the world, including a collection of classical antiquities, the armor of a Samurai warrior, and a Tibetan Shaman's shawl, among many others.

These are just a few of the sights and sounds awaiting you at the Sam Noble Museum. For more information, visit their web site by clicking here.

We hope you will join us on Friday, February 15th as News 9 explores the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History.

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