Over eight acres of hands-on science experiences with thousands of space, aviation and cultural artifacts to stimulate the imagination. With brand new exhibits, live entertainment shows, one-of-a-kind IMAX films and a newly renovated Science Floor, Science Museum Oklahoma rocks. As the state’s only physical science museum and a Smithsonian Affiliate, Science Museum Oklahoma reveals the wonder and relevance of science in our everyday lives.
Visitors will enjoy an experience like no other - The Dome Theater - Oklahoma’s first large-format, dome-screen theater. A 70-foot diameter dome screen virtually surrounds the audience, while worlds of adventure envelop the senses from Iwerks Entertainment’s 15/70 projection system, the largest, most technologically advanced in the world. A state-of-the-art, 36,000-watt digital sound system provides heart-pounding sound and effects to complete the experience.
This month the Dome Theatre features Rescue: Disaster Response. The film plunges audiences into the hard, but inspiring work of saving lives in the face of a natural disaster. Behind the scenes, the film follows a Canadian naval commander, two pilots, and a volunteer rescue technician as they train for action. When an earthquake strikes Haiti, creating one of the biggest humanitarian disasters of the century, the audience is swept along, joining with the massive effort that brings military and civilian responders and hardware from around the world. Rescue is a journey of real-world disaster and emergency response captured (in 3D) with unprecedented scale and impact for the giant screen.
The Museum turns its guests’ world upside down with the exhibit, Mind Games. Walking through Mind Games is like walking through Wonderland. Nothing is quite what it appears to be, but everything begs to be seen. Mind Games takes the science of how we see and what our brains do when we see and marries it with some of the most innovative art in history. It is one of the most visitor challenging exhibits Science Museum Oklahoma has ever developed.
Visitors can also experience Destination Space. From Christopher Columbus to Lewis and Clark, pioneering minds have wanted to know “What’s out there?” Space exploration is another step toward answering that question as we launch into Destination Space. Newton’s Laws are set into motion with hands-on stations in every corner. Once “Decontamination is complete,” visitors are free to move about the cabin to see the actual Apollo Command Module Mission Simulator, used by the astronauts on all the Apollo missions, and dramatized on the 1995 movie, Apollo 13. Future astronauts can learn about everything from how astronauts sleep on board the shuttle to how space toilets function, and all the challenges involved in exploring the universe.
Detectives of all ages can delve deep into the scientific world of criminal investigations in the exhibit Whodunit: The Science of Solving Crimes. Visitors get an up-close look at the technologies and crime-solving methods used by forensic scientists and professionals within the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation.
This exhibit brings to life those methods and gets the entire family excited about exploring the forensic sciences and makes connections between the relevance of science and our everyday lives. The exhibit also will familiarize visitors with some of Oklahoma’s most historic crimes and the role OSBI played in their outcome.
Science Live is a daily live science performance show where visitors can witness the mysteries of physics. From giant rubber bands, to smoke rings the size of hula-hoop’s, to a tornado of fire, “Use the Forces, Otto” is guaranteed to change the way you think about the science that makes the world go ‘round with shows performed daily.
Science Museum Oklahoma reveals the wonder and relevance of science in our everyday lives. Get up to your elbows in science with acres of hands-on experiences, thousands of space, aviation and cultural artifacts and new exhibits always on the horizon. Let your inner-child run wild!
The museum is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Museum Exhibits and Dome Theater cost 15.95 for adults, 12.95 for seniors 65+ and 12.95 for children 4-12. Exhibits-only is 11.95 for adults, 9.95 for seniors 65+ and 9.95 for children 4-12. Dome Theater only is 8.95 for adults, 6.95 for seniors 65+ and 6.95 for children 4-12. *Museum exhibits includes a complimentary planetarium show based on seating availability. *Prices do not include tax. Children under three are admitted free of charge, but must sit on parent's lap in Dome and planetarium shows. Group rates are available for parties of 15 or more. All children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
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