The Science Museum Oklahoma
is a science museum
in Oklahoma City
. The museum is home to the Kirkpatrick Planetarium
and a dome theater, as well as a number of specialized galleries.
The museum began as the Kirkpatrick Planetarium in 1958, which moved to a permanent dome at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds
in 1962. Later that year, the Oklahoma Science and Arts Foundation
was founded on the fairgrounds. In 1978 the foundation changed its name to Omniplex Science Museum
, then moved with the Kirkpatrick Planetarium to the newly built Kirkpatrick Center museum campus. Later additions include the Oklahoma Air and Space Museum in 1980, the Kirkpatrick Gardens and Greenhouse in 1985, and the OmniDome Theater in 1998, Oklahoma's first large-format, dome-screen theater
. In 2007 Omniplex changed its name to Science Museum Oklahoma
. Since the rebranding the museum has undergone extensive remodeling, adding countless new exhibits and galleries, including a kid-friendly space exhibit and three new art galleries.
Kirkpatrick Air and Space Museum
This section of the museum preserves and honors the contributions of Oklahomans to aerospace. Notable artifacts include the Apollo Command Module
simulator, an Apollo Lunar Module
replica built by Canadian inventor William Lishman
, and artifacts related to... Read More