The Oklahoma Science Museum in Oklahoma City is a wonderful hands on place that has a little bit of just about everything that deals with science. The museum is design for those that are young or just young at heart. There are several different exhibits that explore the science of space, solving crimes, aviation, and many other things. There is even an over sized tree house of pure fun and an exciting seqway obstacle course where you can try your hand at driving a segway scooter!
The best exhibits at the Omniplex were the CSI area, the tree house, mind games, trains, and aviation. The museum was full of hands on activities and kid zone areas for kids of all ages to learn while they have fun. The Oklahoma Science Museum is also home to a planetarium and an IMAX theater.
My favorite thing at the museum was the Who Dun It exhibit which took us through a crime scene where we tried to find clues to a murder. After we walked through the crime scene we went through the lab to match up the clues to different suspects. I will say this might not be for the faint of heart because one part of the lab is the autopsy room where you get to watch a video feed projected onto a mannequin of an actual autopsy. Karen and I were able to figure out the killer but it took a little bit of work to get there.
The aviation and train area were both really neat. The aviation area had several planes to look at including fighter jets and some dating as far back as the World War I era. The train station had an elaborate model train area and a full size train with several box cars.
Karen’s favorite area was the mind games exhibit. She liked the over sized table and chair sets as well as trying to figure out some of the optical illusion pictures. Those things can really blow your mind, like what color is the square actually, or is it just random shapes or is it an integral spiral.
We wanted to visit the planetarium, but we were having so much fun that we missed the first show and we were getting hungry by the time the second show was starting. Eventually our stomachs ruled out and we decided to go grab some lunch. Karen and I did get the chance to watch a film on the IMAX screen which was the first time for me. I was really impressed. I am not that into documentaries but if I am going to watch one I think it will be at an IMAX theater from now on!
I was also impressed with the space area. The Omniplex has several different artifacts and space suits from throughout the whole NASA program. The museum did a great job explaining the whole space race between the United States and their Explorer 1 versus the USSR and its Sputnik.
Like I wrote before the museum is definitely geared towards kids, and the kids that were there all seemed to be having a wonderful time. Adults also can have a good time here, but if Karen and I go again it will probably be to see the planetarium or another show at their IMAX theater. Once we start our family I could see us going quite often.
Oklahoma Science Museum
Located at 3200 NE 52nd St.
Cost as of 2011 Adults 13 to 64 $11.95 Children and Seniors 65 and older $9.95 the Theater is extra
Hours of Operation- Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. closed Christmas Eve and Day
For more information visit their website at http://www.sciencemuseumok.org
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