Named a must-see museum exhibit by USA TODAY, "Into the Fold: The Art and Science of Origami" features the work of 30 origami artists from around the world, including many of the foremost origami artists of today, including physicist Robert J. Lang, wildlife biologist Bernie Peyton, professional artist Paul Jackson, and MIT computer science professor Erik Demaine and his father, computer scientist and MIT artist-in-residence Martin Demaine. Explore the art form's diverse styles, backgrounds and techniques as well as the unique applications for origami — from solving problems in the fields of robotics, medicine and space exploration to uses in fashion and architecture!
Science Museum Oklahoma is home to 350,000 square feet of hands-on science experiences, art, and history!
“Decomposition: Discovering the Beauty and Magnificence of Fungi” showcases the amazing beauty, shapes, colors, and textures of fungi — the mysterious agents behind decay, rot, and mold. Science Museum Oklahoma and the University of Oklahoma Natural Products Discovery Group invite you to journey into this fascinating realm and see how the world’s premier decomposition artists work to release life’s essential building blocks and create a host of unique chemicals, foods, and medicines. Explore the science and artistry of the fungal kingdom and discover how these remarkable organisms shape our planet.
Get lost in this bustling, 20,000-square-foot city! Pronounced like "curiosity," in CurioCity's eight whimsical neighborhoods children are exposed to science through a number of interactive activities that encourage learning through play. Whether it’s storytelling, navigating obstacles, playing instruments or balancing a tightrope, there are plenty of ways to explore. Enjoy your stay in CurioCity!
The Oklahoma Museum Network's Building Buddies is an interactive village that invites young children to play and explore while helping their buddies improve the neighborhood. The different characters, or buddies, need help fixing up their houses. This creative construction site features hands-on stations that encourage children to construct, build, paint with light, decorate, tile and more! This exhibit is open through September 2018.
Step into the dark and explore the science of light! In Light Minded, experience the shocking beauty of the plasma tube, freeze time with the Shadow Stopper, marvel at the power of the Tesla Coil, see how strobe lights play on piano strings, snap your shadow in three colors, see your body's heat patterns in living color with an infrared camera, and much more. This brilliant gallery will leave you enlightened!
The Science Floor is the heart of the museum, with hundreds of activities to teach, entertain and astound our guests. Learn to drive on two wheels in the Segway Park, effortlessly move a 400-pound weight with the Resonant Pendulum, and much more! The Science Floor is all things science. Experience all the activities during your visit, and the chances of having a scientist in the family may increase dramatically!
In the Tinkering Garage, explore how engineering, art and technology collide. This exhibit puts the “fun” in science fundamentals. See where your creativity takes you as you design, create, invent and experiment in this all-ages, hands-on workshop. Activities in the Tinkering Garage change monthly — the only limit is your imagination!
Stargaze in the comfort of our relaxing and inspirational Kirkpatrick Planetarium, where you’ll learn about a variety of celestial bodies including constellations, meteor showers, planets and galaxies — shows are included with general admission! Our regularly updated show, "Tonight’s Sky," draws from the latest news and discoveries to amaze guests, revealing what is over each of our heads every day. Check out this week's showtimes, and please note that the planetarium is closed for routine maintenance the first Monday of each month.
What is the only state that can claim astronaut participation in every phase of NASA’s space program? It's Oklahoma! Come explore Destination Space for an introduction to all things space and exploration. Here, you’ll train like the professionals do. After learning to work and live in space and blasting off on an actual mission in the Mercury Simulator, you’ll be on your way to becoming an official astronaut.
Designed for little hands and fresh minds, Kid Space proves that there is no such thing as being too young for science! Your little scientist can experiment at our water table, explore SMO's fire station, climb aboard a tractor, paint their face, and more in a safe and secure environment. Touch, play, learn and explore at stations and exhibits specifically targeted to engaging young minds.
The Gardens at Science Museum Oklahoma are made up of native and Oklahoma-proven plants and include a kids’ garden, herb garden, native plants garden, a Monarch Waystation, a veggie garden, an orchard, a water garden, a Japanese garden, an aquaculture demonstration, and a hobby greenhouse. Lawn games educate guests about flower parts and types, as well as leaf shapes and other botanical facts, and the garden and grounds team offers garden-specific programming throughout the year.
The gardens at SMO are a typically a serene escape with picnic tables and four lawn spaces perfect for a lunch or lawn games. The gardens are often an ideal location for sensory-sensitive guests who may need a quieter, more predictable environment. The gardens can be accessed through Pavlov's Cafe or through the doors on the south central side of the Science Floor.
Fly through the evolution of aviation, from Leonardo da Vinci’s drawings to modern aircraft in this exhibit. Explore the history and artifacts of famed Oklahoma aviator Wiley Post as you view one of the nation’s premier collections of vintage aircraft. These life-sized artifacts will send your imagination soaring as you get up close and personal with 1946 Stinson Voyager and a mint condition Mong Sport, designed by Tulsa’s own Ralph Mong in the 1950s.
Wood you like to know a secret? You see a giant two-story tree house, a massive spiral slide, pulleys and other backyard staples — we see simple machines at work during play! Simple machines affect your life on a daily basis, whether you realize it or not. Hop on Bernoulli's Bicycle for a ride, make clouds shimmer with air cannons, see how high you can make a ball fly with force and air, and more — it's a learning experience you'll never forget.
Step back in history to a time when the world rode the rails in Tiny Tracks. This exhibit features an M.G. Pinky Martin model train snaking through 1,000 square feet of town and countryside, a collection of railway artifacts, and the museum's fully-restored 1929 Pullman Parlor Car. Peer through the windows for a glimpse of how people traveled in style during the 20th century!
Look into the deep sea — what do you see? The museum's Oceanarium has more than 50 unique kinds of ocean life — you'll get an up-close look at the world under the sea from coral to clownfish, sea urchins to anemones, starfish to sea snails and beyond — all without the need for SCUBA gear. Can you find Nemo? What about Dory?
Big Game Theory
In Big Game Theory, explore large-scale versions of classic board games of strategy like chess and checkers, design patterns and play with light on SMO's oversized light bright, play with potential energy as you line up dominoes, explore engineering with giant Jenga, get hands-on with physics as you build an enormous catenary arch, and more. Big Game Theory is located on the museum's second floor.
Test your speed, strength, stamina, balance, and reaction time as you explore the science of sport, human physiology, and the power of the human body! Power Play features several interactive elements and physical challenges including a rock wall, a two-person, 50-foot dash course, a tug of war and climbing wall, a vertical jump and more.
Art and science each provide a way for exploring and deepening our understanding of the world around us. Innovative and creative, artists and scientists have inspired each other for millennia. Explore that interaction through smART Space! smART Space is located on the museum's second floor and overlooks the atrium. The gallery is committed to bringing Oklahomans a combination of art and science that isn't found anywhere else. Take an extra look — you never know what you might find.