Museum of Osteology
Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (10301 S. Sunnylane Rd.)
When to visit: Mon-Fri 9 am-5 pm; Sat 11 am-5 pm; Sun 1-5 pm
Cost: $11 for adults (and kids 13+), $9 for kids (age 3-12), free for kids under 3
Time needed: 1 hour
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 11 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 museum of bones. So here they come:
Pics from the Museum of Osteology
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.
Here’s a simple raccoon skeleton that happens to be digging into a piece of trash. We appreciate your humor, Museum of Osteology!
And the impressive armadillo. That’s a substantial bone structure you have!
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.
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.
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!
The iguana has a very cool skeleton.
Another of my favorites: the bighorn sheep. Seeing bighorns in Rocky Mountain National Park was one of my favorite wildlife thrills.
Other animals with their bones on display include a camel, spitting cobra snake, hippo, bottlenosed dolphin, various owls, koala, crocodile, meerkat, and squirrel monkey.
Visiting the Skeleton Museum OKC: Hours, Ticket Prices
Since I visited, the museum correctly realized that some rebranding might be in order. After all, the name “Museum of Osteology” doesn’t exactly inspire excitement among a lot of folks. Especially since most of us have no idea what osteology is!
Accordingly, the place is now calling itself the Skeleton Museum as an alternate nickname. The place is open from 9 to 5 on weekdays. Strangely, their hours are even more limited on weekends. On Saturdays they go from 11 am to 5 pm, and on Sundays, only from 1 to 5 pm.
Tickets cost $11 for anyone age 13 and up. It’s weird that they charge teens the same price as adults. Kids between the ages of 3 and 12 are charged $9, while kids under age 3 are free.
Would you visit an animal skeleton museum?