Science and Technology Research Institutes

Science Museum Oklahoma

We enrich people’s lives by revealing the wonder and relevance of science.

aka formerly the Omniplex

Oklahoma City, OK


We enrich people’s lives by revealing the wonder and relevance of science.

Ruling Year



Ms. Sherry Marshall

Main Address

2020 Remington Place

Oklahoma City, OK 73111 USA

Formerly Known As


Kirkpatrick Center


science, technology, museum, children, exhibits, learning, STEM





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Science and Technology Research Institutes, Services N.E.C. (U99)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Science Museum Oklahoma is the state's only hands-on science museum and, with over 350,000 square feet, one of the largest science museums in the nation. The museum influences how more than 500,000 Oklahomans each year learn about science through the medium of interactive exhibits, discovery-based activities, astronomy shows, Science Live! demonstrations, educational outreach efforts and special events.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Early Childhood Programs

Hands-on Science Exhibits

Kirkpatrick Planetarium

Oklahoma Mobile Network

Special Museum Days

Where we work

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

In addition to providing memorable and relevant experiences for visitors, Science Museum Oklahoma's discovery-based exhibits provide the laboratory space for children's growth as well as teacher professional development. Annually, the museum assists hundreds of elementary school teachers in improving their science specific knowledge and skills for the classroom.

To further enhance our standing as the state's largest science museum, Science Museum Oklahoma has established four primary goals. These goals, outlined below, guide the organization's efforts:

• Goal 1: Create bold new opportunities, exhibits and programs that leverage our original and unique approach to learning.
• Goal 2: Continue to revitalize and renew the existing exhibition program of Science Museum Oklahoma.
• Goal 3: Focus on creating high-quality experiences for our guests and staff.
• Goal 4: Ensure organizational strength through evaluation, staff and board development and financial sustainability.

To support the three goals previously listed, Science Museum Oklahoma has developed a set of programmatic strategies to guide its activities. These strategies include: • Programs that are accessible to people of all ages, races, genders, and economic statuses. Science Museum Oklahoma believes scientific-based learning opportunities should not be limited to only one segment of the population. As a direct result of this believe, SMO has developed programming that includes Early Childhood education, school-based programs, special event days on specific topics and new after-hours events focused on families and adults. • Programming designed to address the needs of disadvantaged schools. Science Museum Oklahoma knows its primary audience is school-aged children. However, the museum also knows that many public schools in Oklahoma cannot always participate in SMO activities due to travel times for many rural schools or transportation costs, which are challenging for lower-income schools. To remove these barriers, SMO works with a mobile program that visits nearly 80 schools a year and conducts teacher training on the latest science-based activities, in addition to providing transportation stipends when possible. • Programming that leverages the support of community experts. SMO believes in the power of community partnerships and frequently leverages the expertise of community science partners in its programming efforts. For example, Tinkerfest includes a diverse community of makers, artists, crafters, engineers and educators. • Freedom to explore. Through more than 60 years of working in the community, Science Museum Oklahoma knows that true scientific discovery cannot exist in a world where individuals are scared to make a mistake. Each of SMO's programs and events are designed to give participants, especially children, the opportunity and freedom to explore and to learn, while removing the fear of making a mistake.

With more than 60 years of successful operations, Science Museum Oklahoma (SMO) has a long and proud history of providing learning opportunities for the people of Oklahoma. SMO began with the construction of the Kirkpatrick Planetarium on the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds in 1958. When the present facility was built in 1978 and operations moved from the Fairgrounds, the museum's mission centered mostly on filling cultural voids within the region. It became a children's museum, art center, natural history center, performing arts theatre, air and space museum, hands-on science museum, history museum, cultural center and botanical garden.

As cultural offerings in Oklahoma increased during the last 50 years, SMO transformed itself into the state's largest and most visible science museum, focusing exclusively on inquiry-based exhibits and education. This transformation helps educate more than 500,000 Oklahomans of all ages, races and genders about the wonders of scientific exploration.

Science Museum Oklahoma remains dedicated to providing hands-on educational activities for Oklahomans. To ensure that the museum is reaching its goal, SMO regularly tracks attendance, audience engagement / demographics and program growth.

These numbers are cross-referenced against well-established organizational benchmarks to monitor the organization's progress. Samples of these metrics / progress indicators are listed below:

• Attendance (overall and specific program / event numbers);
• Attendee demographics (including the number of participating children and schools from low-income communities);
• Feedback from attendees, sponsors and staff related to special one-day events;
• Number of diverse community partnerships related to SMO's activities and new initiatives;
• Number of new initiatives and programs throughout the year;
• Feedback from teachers who receive supporting educational materials; and
• Feedback from teachers who receive support for their children to participate in in-person SMO educational opportunities.

With the generous support of donors, SMO welcomed more than 584,000 visitors and received state and national recognition for our ability to provide innovative educational programs and exhibits. Highlights from the 2018-2019 Fiscal Year: 1.) Sensory Sensitive Programming: SMO introduced sensory kits available to guests who have sensory processing disorders. These kits, which include earmuffs, gloves, sunglasses, fidget toys, and copies of the museum’s sensory story and sensory-focused map, were developed with partners including the Oklahoma Autism Network. The museum also offered its first sensory-sensitive after-hours program, allowing guests with sensory sensitivities to enjoy the museum and hands-on STEM activities at a quieter, slower pace. 2.) smART Space: Science Museum Oklahoma’s smART Space art galleries integrate art, hands-on exploration and scientific principles to showcase the relevance of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) in everyday life. “Beautiful Minds - Dyslexia and the Creative Advantage” garnered worldwide attention for its unique look at dyslexia, and “Life Imagined: The Art and Science of Automata” showcased when art and science collide through the artistry and intricacy of early robotics. 3.) One Giant Leap: With a special event that included the taping of an international podcast and panel discussions, Bill Nye, the Science Guy, and The Planetary Society helped SMO launch Phase II of its One Giant Leap campaign to convert the OmniDome Theater into a world-class planetarium with custom shows and exhibits. 4.) Xploration DIY Sci: Nationally-recognized science program Xploration DIY Sci, hosted by Steve Spangler, filmed two episodes at the museum. 5.) Tinkerfest: This event, available through a free museum day, encouraged families to explore new hands-on opportunities led by a diverse community of makers, artists, crafters, engineers and educators. More than 11,000 children and their families attended Science Museum Oklahoma’s Tinkerfest. 6.) Live Science Shows: • 79,939 visitors experienced the Kirkpatrick Planetarium. • 122,550 visitors participated in a Science Live show. 7.) Student Education • 90,383 teacher and student visits were underwritten by donors. • 20,674 low-income students attended on full scholarships underwritten by donors. 8.) Outreach Programs • 7,992 visitors were served through OMN’s Science Matters Mobile Museum and related outreach. • Nearly 500 teachers, librarians and museum staff received STEM education training. 9.) Facility Renovations: With support from Annual Fund donors, SMO continues to make renovations throughout the museum to better serve visitors. This year, the museum’s Oklahoma Aviation and Space Hall of Fame in the Aviation Wing was renovated, and the Jacob’s Ladder on the Science Floor was re-designed, making it one of the largest in the nation.

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Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

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Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

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