2122 US 74 S.
Purcell, OK 73080
Phone: (405) 527-5603
Fax: (405) 527-0804
Arts & Museums
You will see more than six million specimens of Oklahoma's natural treasures at this museum. It is the largest university-based museum in the country. There is a 95-foot-long and 26-foot-tall Apatosaurus, which is the world's largest. There is also a 10-foot-tall skull of a Pentaceratops. This is something that would impress your 10-year-old. There is even a hands-on room. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children 6-17, $4 for seniors, and OU faculty and staff. Free for children under five and OU students.
This gallery on the University of Oklahoma campus has become well known in art circles for its fine collections. The space is open and very minimalist; nice lighting and unobtrusive beige walls allow viewers to focus on the pieces and not on the environment. Four main collections are housed here: contemporary, the Oscar Jacobson American Indian Art Collection, the Oklahoma State Department collection, and the Santa Fe Indian School. There are also special exhibits held throughout the year to display traveling collections. Closed on Mondays.
The Firehouse is a popular gallery found in Norman, located about 45 minutes south of Oklahoma City. The gift shop is a perfect place to pick up a souvenir or present. All sorts of items are available, from delicate glassware and framed prints to coffee mugs and T-shirts. If you would like to try your hand at creating a masterwork, check out the gallery's instruction classes. There are classes for every age, all reasonably priced. Admission to the gallery is free.
Mainsite Contemporary Art is the home of the Norman Arts Council. Launched in 1999, this gallery is dedicated to contemporary work. It features a schedule of thought-provoking exhibitions and cultural events throughout the year. Some of the artists whose collections have been showcased here include Dylan Bradway, Haze Diedrich, David Crimson and The Dirty Fabulous.
Cleveland County, home to Norman, Oklahoma and its Sooners, has a rich frontier history. This home, constructed in 1900 and now on the National Register of Historical Places, has been preserved by the city to serve as a living museum. As visitors explore the house, they will find exhibits detailing county history from the Land Run to Oklahoma statehood. The architectural style is Queen Anne, and rooms are furnished with period antiques and stained-glass windows. This is a wonderful attraction for both history and architecture or interior design buffs. Admission is free.
Showcasing the official rock of Oklahoma, this museum features a variety of displays of rose rocks in many shapes and sizes. Indian lore states that the rocks were formed by Indian braves' blood and maidens' tears that fell to the ground and produce a stone in the shape of a rose. A gift shop is also on site.