Quirky Attraction: The Museum of Osteology

osteology-museum

Museum of Osteology
Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (10301 S. Sunnylane Rd.)
When to visit: Mon-Fri 8 am-5 pm; Sat 11 am-5 pm; Sun 1-5 pm
Cost: $7 for adults, $6 for kids
Time needed to enjoy: 1 hour
Website: www.museumofosteology.org

What the heck is osteology, you ask? It’s the scientific study of bones. Accordingly, Oklahoma City’s Museum of Osteology bills itself as “The world’s only skeleton museum!”

It’s a cool place. And since cameras are welcome and admission is only 7 bucks, you have no reason not to visit if you’re in the area.

The museum opened in 2010 and now has more than 300 animal skeletons on display, ranging from little guys like mice and porcupines to behemoths such as elephants and humpback whales.

Pictures are required to convey a true sense of this place, so here they come:

osteology-museum

Here’s my favorite animal, the komodo dragon, one of the fiercest creatures on the planet. This skeleton came from one of the first komodos brought into the U.S. Named Don Juan, this guy came from Indonesia during the term of George H.W. Bush and lived out his life at the San Diego Zoo.

komodo-dragon-skeleton

Here’s a simple raccoon skeleton that happens to be digging into a piece of trash. We appreciate your humor, Museum of Osteology!

raccoon-skeleton

And the impressive armadillo.

armadillo-skeleton

Humans are animals too, of course. A few human skulls are on display, including this one with a bullet wound. It used to belong to a soldier from the Philippine-American War.

bullet-wound-skull

Here’s the skull of a chimp that was once part of NASA’s space program, although it’s unclear whether this guy actually flew into space.

chimp-skull

Now this part is really fascinating. As you walk into the museum, there’s a little glass case where you can see some of the future skeletons being cleaned. How do they get cleaned? Beetles eat away everything except for the actual bone!

beetles-clean-skull

The iguana has a very cool skeleton.

iguana skeleton

Another of my favorites: the bighorn sheep.

bighorn-sheep-skull

Other animals with their bones on display include a camel, spitting cobra snake, hippo, bottlenosed dolphin, various owls, koala, crocodile, meerkat, and squirrel monkey.

Would you visit an animal skeleton museum?

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About Scott Shetler

Scott is a Chicago-based journalist and blogger who seeks out quirky sights and awesome destinations throughout North America and beyond.

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