by Irene Runnels and Donna Deaton
Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of History in Norman has something for just about anyone who is interested in the life, earth and social sciences–including fossilized records, ancient peoples or world cultures.
SNOMoH is currently hosting Titanoboa: Monster Snake in collaboration with the Florida Museum of Natural History, the University of Nebraska and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.
At 48 feet long and weighing an estimated one-and-a-half tons, a realistic replica of Titanoboa, the largest snake on record, is on display at the Sam Noble Museum July 2-September 25. Scientists believe that the snake lived in a hot tropical climate 60 million years ago.
Titanoboa was discovered in 2009 by scientists working in open-pit coal mines at Cerrejón in La Guajira, Colombia. To read more about the discovery and see how scientists re-created Titanoboa check out the Smithsonian Channel‘s article.
Permanent exhibits at the museum include Hall of Ancient Life, Hall of Natural Wonders, Hall of World Cultures.
The Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of History is a great place to visit whether for only a few hours or an entire day. The museum is open Monday through Saturday 10 AM-5 PM and Sunday 1-5 PM (closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day). Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for children, $6 for seniors (age 65 and up). Children 3 and under are free.
Discounted admission is available for those who have a valid OU ID (faculty and staff, students and alumni association members) and active military and veteran family members. SNOMoH is a Blue Star Museum, which offers free admission to military personnel and families from Memorial Day through Labor Day.