Osteology is the study of bones, and this museum displays more than 300 skeletons grouped primarily by species: primates, marsupials, birds, Oklahoma wildlife and more.
Visitors get their first peek at bones by glancing through a window behind which beetles efficiently scour a bone specimen clean. Further inside the two-story, 7,000-square-foot space (opened in 2010), study skeletons and read about bones, such as how bone structure supports different types of movement. In the second-floor Explorer’s Corner, touch animal skulls..
The museum, which calls itself America’s only skeleton museum, grew out of a childhood hobby of owner Jay Villemarette. Today, families throng the facility, about 20 minutes southeast of downtown Oklahoma City. Student field trips are offered during the week, and printable scavenger hunts are available on the museum’s website. Judging from the reviews we’ve read, many people find this museum educational and enjoyable, but we thought all those skeletons (plus 400 skulls) were kind of creepy.
The museum is open daily; admission for guests age 13 and up is $7, kids ages 3 to 12 get in for $6.