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Sam Noble Museum  Dubbed the "Dinosaur Museum" by the locals, we're the state natural history museum of Oklahoma, located on the @UofOklahoma campus!

Moving right along with #30YearsIn30Days — our social media celebration looking back on our past 30 years as the state's natural history museum! Today we're reminiscing about when Shakespeare's "First Folio" came to the museum!

The “First Folio” is the first complete collection of Shakespeare’s plays, published in 1623, seven years after his death. Compiled by two of Shakespeare’s fellow actors, it preserves 36 of Shakespeare’s plays. Without it, we would not have 18 of those plays, including "Macbeth," "Julius Caesar," "Twelfth Night," "The Tempest" and "Antony and Cleopatra." We were selected as Oklahoma’s host for the national tour of "First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare," and had a once-in-a-lifetime chance to display the book from Jan. 4, 2015, through Jan. 29, 2016.

🚨 Heads up! SUNDAY, JULY 30: We will be closed all day for building maintenance. 🚨

What's 40 feet long and watches you as you enter the museum's Great Hall? The neck and head of Sauroposeidon proteles!⠀

In 2008, our vertebrate paleontology experts and exhibits team worked to install the replica of the dinosaur found by our vert paleo curator in southeastern Oklahoma. Here, they're working to install it in the Orientation Gallery, which opened in the spring of 2009. #30YearsIn30Days

On June 25, 2012, @okczoo announced the tragic death of Bom Bom the #gorilla — a local icon, beloved friend of many and father of three. His passing came as a devastating blow to zoo-lovers and was covered by nearly every major news outlet in the state — The Oklahoma Gazette, KFOR, KWTV and the Oklahoman, among others. ⠀

In 2014, the Oklahoma City Zoo donated Bom Bom’s body to the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, and the museum decided to preserve Bom Bom and tell his story, which speaks to the heart of wildlife conservation. You now can see Bom Bom in our lobby immediately upon entering the museum. #30YearsIn30Days

In 2014, our director, Michael Mares, was named a Best in Heritage Laureate. Organized in 2002 by the European Heritage Association, Best in Heritage is an annual international conference of award-winning museum, heritage and conservation projects hosted every year in Dubrovnik, the UNESCO World heritage site.⠀
Presenters included 28 laureates from 22 countries, proclaimed the best in 2014 on national or international levels. #30YearsIn30Days

Dan Swan (left), the museum's ethnology curator, stopped by Tulsa this week to work on an upcoming exhibit with Anita, Tom and Yatika Fields. The family of Native artists will be showcased in "Fluent Generations: The Art of Anita, Tom and Yatika Fields," opening in January 2018! ⠀

📷: Tom Fields.

In 2007, natural history artist Debby Kaspari works on the Elasmosaur painting in the museum's exhibits fabrication shop. To paint this enormous monster featured in "Collecting Oklahoma," she had to fit a 30-foot animal into a 20-foot space.
Kaspari sculpted a clay head to use as a model for her painting's head and face, and she built a small model of the animal's ponderous body and long neck with duct tape and wire so she could try out a variety of poses. #30YearsIn30Days

@okgazette has kicked off voting for the 2017 #BestOfOKC Awards and we're in the running for best museum! Make sure to get your votes in between now and July 31. Link to vote in our profile! 📷: @joshdkouri for @explorology_snm

Visitors have a hard time walking into the Hall of the People of Oklahoma without placing their own hands in the handprints that adorn the entry wall. But for the 136 Native Americans from 26 tribes who created this wall, that action symbolizes the passing down of their culture from one generation to the next.
Representatives of the tribes participated in Native American Handprint Day in February 2000 and returned for the official opening of the hall in September 2000 to see if their hands still fit the impressions.
#30YearsIn30Days is our social media celebration of being the state's natural history museum for 30 years. Keep watching now through July 30 for more museum milestones!

We're having some fun with these advertisements we kicked around when we were the Oklahoma Museum of Natural History. Which is your favorite? #30YearsIn30Days

How about some #WomenInScience for your Wednesday afternoon? Our mammalogy crew is still on the hunt for the Texas kangaroo rat in southwest Oklahoma, but no sightings yet.

From left to right: Brianna Narr, recent grad in mammals and birds; Janet Braun, Sam Noble Museum head curator; Elyse Ellsworth, recent grad in mammals; Brandi Coyner, mammalogy collection manager; and Addison Allen, current undergrad in mammals and tissues.

We're more than halfway through #30YearsIn30Days — a social media celebration to ring in our 30 years as the state's natural history museum! ⠀⠀⠀
Here, members of the museum's paleontology team pose for a photo for @metrolibraryoks's "Read Y'all" campaign in 2005.

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