The kids enjoyed hanging out In The library while my husband and I got caught up In safety discussion with our tour guide. It's nice that they offer a designated area away from the exhibits that the younger kids enjoy.
If your looking for something to do with the family The National Weather Museum in Norman Ok is highly recommend. The rates are reasonable and there's something for everyone to enjoy.
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the National Weather Museum and Science Center (Norman, Oklahoma). As a weather enthusiast and history buff, my favorite exhibits included the history of RADAR and history of weather forecasting. My wife enjoyed the tornado simulator and interactive weather forecasting module, complete with “green screen.” We will definitely visit again, the next time we travel to Norman.
I was really taken back by the type of technology that's out there. I would have to say my favorite part of this trip was getting a chance to talk to meteorologist and learning about the different radars used to study weather and migration activity in bats, butterflies and birds.
My son has always been interested in weather so, when we learned about this Museum I knew we had to make the 6 1/2 hour drive from Houston we each came home with our weather museum shirts purchased from the gift shop.
I didnt realize we had this museum in Norman till I saw an episode on The Travel Channel. It was very educational I'm glad I was able to make it out. I love the farmbot interested to see the finished project.
Great place to visit, I love all the history behind the T-28 it's so sad to see that we almost lost such a big part of history.
The kids enjoy coming out the favorite is the plane and the car from the tornado. I'm looking forward to going back and seeing what else is new.
I was surprised to learn the staff was composed of volunteers with the passion they all have to educate you would never have known. I'd like to thank them for making time out of their busy schedules to ensure that the next generation learns about the tools behind weather and science. I'm looking forward to bringing the grandkids next time.
My family and I were out for the one year anniversary. We had such a blast the kids enjoyed the face painting and popcorn. We even had an opportunity to see them launch a weather balloon. It's amazing how huge they get in the air and all the data they collect.
I'm always excited to visit the museum. I've stopped by a couple of times and there's always something new. The staff is so friendly and even provide tours. It's entertaining and educational. I definitely recommend it for all ages groups.
The idea behind this museum is to preserve and exhibit a variety of artifacts that are representative of key technological advances in the development of meteorology as we know it today. My favorite, and the centerpiece of the museum's collection, is the T-28 research aircraft that was used for three decades to penetrate severe storms and collect important data that lead to better understanding of their generation. The plane was eventually disassembled and was going to end up in a junk pile, but the museum saved it and is currently trying to restore it. This is the heart of the museum's mission, saving unique pieces of weather science history so that generations to come can learn about weather forecasting and the science behind what happens around them every day.
Being the only weather museum in the country and having been open for only one year, the National Weather Museum and Science Center already is attracting interested young people and their parents from other parts of the country. In addition to having unusual weather artifacts, such as the only airplane in the world retrofitted to make measurements in hailstorms without sustaining damage, there are hands-on exhibits that further excite youth who already have an interest in the field of meteorology. The nice thing is that the exhibits are continually being upgraded and new ones are being added. This museum performs a valuable service in educating everyone not only about weather in general, but also about being prepared to survive hazardous weather conditions.
The museum has something for the whole family! From artifacts to virtual reality - from hands on learning to science, there is something for everyone!
I had such a great time visiting the NWMSC! They have a lot of wonderful exhibits for all ages, ranging from technology like their augmented and virtual reality, to the T-28 plane. After visiting several times I decided to become a member, and every time I go back there are new exhibits and upgrades! Happy to have this gem right here in Norman, OK.
This is one of the jewels of central Oklahoma. The only weather museum in the nation certainly did not disappoint! The tour was informative, interesting, relatively short, but most of all fun! They have an amazing range of exhibits from nearly a century ago, to the most cutting edge emerging technologies! We really had fun with the meteorologist green screen and the VR set up. I can't wait to go back once their Farmbot exhibit is up and running! This museum always seems to be making improvements and exciting new additions, so we will definitely be going back in the future! Make sure and get the guided tour. The staff is extremely helpful and knowledgeable and will ensure you get the most out of your experience at the NWMSC!
This is a fantastic facility to learn about the history of meteorology and where the field is headed in the future! Lots of interactive activities as well as informational exhibits and historical artifacts! Definitely fun for all ages! There is also a Traveling Museum that is available for a variety of different events and visits to local schools, so if you can't make it to the Museum to visit during normal hours, definitely make sure you find the Traveling Museum around the OKC metro!
Norman was in need of a Museum that was interactive and fun for all ages! The National Weather Museum is constantly improving and I can't wait to see what they think of next!
It's so exciting that Norman, Oklahoma has the only national weather museum and science center of its kind! We have visited the museum several times and every visit they have something new or in the works. Great tours every time, the staff really knows their stuff! We look forward to visiting again!
This is a great museum to visit given Oklahoma's history of severe weather. So many cool exhibits and weather tech stuff to interact with and learn about! I thought the weather airplane was awesome. Apparently pilots used to fly them into severe storms for research purposes. Very cool. Staff was great. Friendly and informative. They have big plans and it would be awesome to see what new exhibits they have to come later.
As a former teacher, I was impressed with the interactive displays for students. The "safety" exhibits make quite an impact- especially the car that was damaged in a tornado!
We had a fantastic tour from one of the volunteers who was a retired forecaster and very knowledgeable. He was able to tell us how the data collection instruments worked and how they were used. It's a great museum!
As a young professional and looking for a way to get involved, I was instantly drawn to the National Weather Museum and Science Center. Packed full of artifacts, educational material, and the latest innovations in technology like augmented and virtual reality, the museum is more than a place to see exhibits, it is a place to get a hands on learning experience.
The National Weather Museum and Science Center is new and still under development. I found it to be highly interactive with knowledgeable staff. The car damaged in an actual tornado conveys the value of safety rules. The videos are informative and entertaining. Fun exhibits included the TV green screen allowing "on camera" participation and making floods with real water.
The NWMSC exists for one purpose: to educate people about the weather and its influence on our lives. Strategically located in Norman, OK, the Museum represents an optimal alignment between public and private sector, and academic and business resources and benefits. Come meet the people who keep the museum growing and expanding and increasing its reach, and then help us by donating so we can continue our mission of teaching people how scientists, technologists, and other researchers help us to stay safe in an ever changing weather world. Oh - the artifacts are super cool, too!