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Causes: Arts & Culture, History Museums, Science & Technology Museums

Mission: The National Weather Museum and Science Center (NWMSC) is dedicated to preserving the rich history of meteorology through its ever-expanding collection of artifacts, including one recently featured in “Mysteries at the Museum” on The Travel Channel; as well as providing a resource for teaching the science behind weather phenomena, latest developments in prediction technology, and best practices for weather safety. Tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, and heat waves ravage our Earth every year, resulting in thousands of casualties, billions of dollars in damage, and disruption of trade and industry. Yet the public’s understanding of weather, its impact, and the science and application of forecasting technologies is woefully deficient. Through its weather education curriculum, virtual science exhibits, and mobile Weather Museum that travels to schools and events in the community, the NWMSC hopes to fill this void by promoting scientific literacy in a “classroom” that surrounds us every day.

Results: We have had over 5100 visitors since our Grand Opening in September 2016, many of those from out of state. Since that time, we’ve collaborated with KFOR TV’s 4Warn Storm Team and News Channel 4 both for promotional sponsorship of our Green Screen exhibit and advertising; as well as on-site filming of “Discover Oklahoma”, a popular travel series highlighting regional tourist destinations. “Mysteries at the Museum” has filmed two episodes featuring artifacts at the Museum so far, one of which has aired repeatedly since August 24, 2017 on The Travel Channel. Over the past three years we’ve taken our Traveling Weather Museum to the National Weather Festival at the National Weather Center (since 2014) and the Severe Weather Awareness event in Oklahoma City (2016), as well as three regional airport “Fly-Ins”. We’ve also hosted numerous public schools and K-12 learning academies during this time both at our “Store Front” museum and through the Traveling Museum. We have been a member of the Oklahoma Museum Association since 2014, an Affiliate of the International Meteorological Artifacts Preservation Program since 2016, and were named a NOAA Weather-Ready Nation ambassador this year. Our ribbon-cutting and Annual Inaugural Anniversary Celebration was held September 22 and 23, 2017.

Target demographics: preserve weather artifacts, educate in weather safety, and connect communities together

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 200 youth and over 1,000 visitors

Geographic areas served: Oklahoma and surrounding states

Programs: education in weather safety, history, and innovations

Community Stories

25 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The museum has something for the whole family! From artifacts to virtual reality - from hands on learning to science, there is something for everyone!

Rhonda K.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Matthew M.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

Holly JoAnna Ashley M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.