The block party, taking place on the museum’s north lawn, will include live music, food trucks, celebratory cake and informational booths on all the museum has to offer. Bands scheduled to perform during the event include Travis Linville, Tequila Songbirds, Mike Hosty and Sherree Chamberlain.
Mares said the event is pet-friendly, with pet owners allowed to bring pets on to the outdoor museum grounds. The family-friendly event also includes free museum admission.
The museum was founded in 1899 by the Territorial Legislature of the future state of Oklahoma and located on the OU campus. In 1987, the museum was designated as the state’s natural history museum. In May 2000, the museum opened its doors as a new 198,000-square-foot facility, welcoming 2.1 million visitors since that time. The museum houses more than 10 million objects organized in 12 collections from Native American Languages to Genomic Resources.
Among the museum’s many annual public programs are community events like Science In Action/Object ID Day, Spring Break Escape, Eggstravaganza, Holiday Happening, and the annual Oklahoma Native American Youth Language Fair. Other educational programs offered by the museum include Meet the Dinosaurs, Web of Life and ExplorOlogy.
Beginning in 2008, the museum launched Free First Mondays and, in 2010, became a participant in the Blue Star Museum Program to offer free admission to military personnel and their families.
With such an award under the museum’s belt, Mares said there are no plans to rest on the museum’s laurels.
“The challenge now is to keep improving,” he said.
For more information, visit snomnh.ou.edu.
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