The Museum of Osteology, located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, is a unique educational experience. Focusing on the form and function of the skeletal system, this 7000 square ft. museum displays hundreds of skulls and skeletons from all corners of the world. Exhibits include adaptation, locomotion, classification and diversity of the vertebrate kingdom. The Museum of Osteology is "America's only skeleton museum".
The Museum of Osteology provides quality educational opportunities and allows school groups and the public to explore the form and function of the skeletal system. We believe that conservation must begin through education and appreciation of the natural world.
While visiting the stockyards and eating at Cattlemen's I got tickets for the Rodeo Opry. It is a small, charming place that showcases a lot of local talent. There is an MC, joke telling, a great house band and cute old ladies who help you to your seat :) Because I love country western music and was a singer in the past I thoroughly enjoyed this. There was an older crowd present, so there is certainly no partying going on. However, everyone was really nice, down to earth and I felt at home while there.
Arrive early and shop at the country stores around. They really are charming as well. Don't wait too late to get your seat, though, or you'll be climbing on top of people to find your seat. They are just regular kitchen chairs, nothing fancy! However, it is non-profit so you can cut them some slack :)
*WARNING: I bought my tickets online thinking I was getting second row on the aisle. WRONG! We were in the second to last row against the wall. If you get tickets in advance (please do because they sell out!) I would strongly advise you to call them and put in your request that way as opposed to making an error like me. We enjoyed our night out, regardless, but we could have had a really nice seat as opposed to reaching over and around people to see.
Tickets: $12.00USD Can't beat that!
Built in the 1920s and since listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this handsome building on Classen seems as stately as one of our government offices, but it has been a private venture since construction, and bares a close copy to the Daily Oklahoma building. Its classical revival lines are not always easy to review even when standing in front of its portico, since this building is tightly shouldered with tall trees that, though deciduous, still block an open view to one of downtown's more stately structures.
One of the many historic districts in Oklahoma City, the Paseo District, has long been the seat of budding artists, but the area has since fallen on hard times. Once the limit of urban growth from downtown, the Paseo still keeps its share of eclectic restaurants, odd galleries and interesting residential architecture, but also old throwbacks to the 1930s and 1940s. The Tower Theater (pictured) is no longer a cinema, and some of the antique shops along these rows have since folded, but the lanes of the Paseo have lately shown signs of resurgent life.
The foyer of the CityChurch is certainly pleasing enough, but the staircase out front by which the hale and hearty might enter is too steep for the infirm and elderly to climb. Those entering for service under the customary portal at the corner will still have to climb some stairs to see this charming corridor.
For those who pass the historic Skirvin Hotel without batting an eyelash, at least notice what stands on the median at the foot of this grand hotel. On December 7, 1941, the USS Oklahoma was capsized by a Japanese torpedo while moored on battleship row at Pearl Harbor, killing outright or drowning 458 American sailors and servicemen. This is the original anchor, our monument to those lives lost in service to their country. Its motto reads "Eternal Vigilance is the Price of Liberty," as true today as it was in 1941.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and built in the teens of the prior century, the present structure has sadly been vacant since the late 1980s. Recently the city bought the structure for just under $3 million, but surveys have suggested that over $30 million would be required to return this hotel, once the prized hospitality property in the city, to an operational status. There is no other architectural style quite like the Skirvin Hotel anywhere else in Oklahoma City.
On what amounts to the southern edge of the downtown highrises, the Colcord Building was erected in 1909, which at 14 stories towered over the downtown area in its day. Today it remains conspicuous in the southern skyline because the newer, taller skyscrapers do not surround and hide it from the casual viewer. Its present significance is due not only to its age and historical status (or its listing on the National Register of Historic Places), but also from its intricate carvings above the entablature around the first and second floors.
In 1910, Mr. Harn donated 40 acres of his 160-acre homestead for the State Capitol Building project. By this time, Mr. Harn had turned from the law practice to pursue oil and railroad interests. You can see the dome of the Capitol Building on the right edge of this photo, just seven blocks north of its benefactor's original residence.
Unknown to me just two weeks ago, the Harn Homestead, one of few surviving homes from the territorial days, stands in a fenced enclosure in the midst of Lincoln Terrace homes. Situated on 9.4 acres (all that remains of the original 160), Mr. Harn acquired the property in 1891 from the rightful claimant. Since that time he added the Shepherd Home, his Queen Anne house, a farmhouse, the 1904 Shinn Dairy Barn, the 1897 Stony Point Schoolhouse and a separate barn.
The names of Oklahoma KIAs are engraved on the back of the war pavilion on the sculpted representation of their particular war. Both World Wars have their honor roll, as well as the Korean and Vietnam Wars. A special marker in the northeast corner of the pavilion details the loss of 458 sailors on the USS Oklahoma at Pearl Harbor.
Oklahoma City is a good minor league sports city. For some, this fact is an insult. I always found it to be an advantage. When I was there, the city had minor league franchises in baseball, basketball, and hockey. I loved being able to go to the games and see good sports action at a small portion of the cost of a major league game. Needless to say, the skill level was not the same as that seen in the majors, but the games could still be exciting and enjoyable.
The most popular of the sports was hockey. The Oklahoma City Blazers regularly drew eight or nine thousand fans to the Myriad Arena. I believe that the arena has been improved to hold larger crowds although the popularity may have slipped somewhat since the early 90's. The presentation of the hockey games was always fun. The music and lights were well-done to add excitement. At intermissions, there were contests and events on the ice. The big crowds were enthusiastic but fairly polite.
The minor league baseball team was called the 89'ers when I was there, but the name and stadium have changed. Friends say that the new stadium is extremely nice. Baseball didn't draw the crowds when I lived there, and I could sometimes go to the games and get seats on the wall. Oklahoma summers can be very hot, but the dry air often allows things to cool nicely in the evenings.
The basketball team was the Oklahoma City Cavalry, and they may be gone by now. They had very poor fan support and were known to be losing a great deal of money. I've never been a big fan of basketball, but the games were okay. They always staged a large number of fan giveaways and participation events. Every game seemed to feature two or three opportunities for the kids to run around on the court. Many of the people at courtside seemed to know one another. The mascot often picked up kids and carried them around the court. Sometimes, it seemed that the guy didn't leave the kid where he/she started. I guess those diehard fans knew each other so well that they just exchanged all of the kids back to the proper parents at the end of the game.
Cole gardens is made of up of several themed gardens interspersed with bronze, stone and wood sculptures by various local artists. Themes include a desert garden, a two-level koi fish pond with a waterfall between them and an English garden with painted wooden horses once owned by Queen Victoria.
The gardens, although beautiful, are quite small, capable of being seen in under an hour, especially if you're not that into flowers. So it's not worth the $7 cover price, but it is worth going to with a member of the opposite sex and say you looking for a place to get married. Because the gardens also include a place to hold the ceremony and reception, they let you in to look around. Buy a packet of fish food for 50 cents from the souvenier store, feed the koi and generally enjoy the beauty.
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