The Norman Transcript

April 25, 2014

Congratulations to ‘The Sam’

The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Congratulations are in order this week for the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History. The massive museum is one of only five museums and five libraries honored with the 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service by the Institute for Museum and Library Services.

The museum has come a long way since it was founded by the Territorial Legislature. Parts of the collection were once stored in former animal stables on the campus.

A community and statewide push to build a world-class facility culminated in the 2000 opening of the 198,000-square-foot museum on the corner of Chautauqua Avenue and Timberdell Road.

“This prestigious national award confirms that our museum is one of the most important university-based natural history museums in our nation and, indeed, in the world,” OU President David L. Boren said. “As Oklahomans, we are privileged to have it in our state.”

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