Teachers Are Free!
The Oakes Museum of Natural History is free for certified/licensed pre-K—12 classroom teachers, principals and assistant principals who work in public, private and charter schools in Pennsylvania during August and September 2015! Teachers and administrators are invited to visit the OMNH for free during public museum hours. We hope you will consider our unique museum for a field trip destination!
The offer is good for two admissions (adult/adult, adult/child) between August 8th and September 26th during Saturday public hours from 1 pm to 5 pm. You must bring your valid teacher ID to received free admission.
We hope to see you soon!
Isabel Masland Shell Collection NEW - FALL 2014!
Captured by the beauty, diversity and intricacies of shells, Isabel Masland began collecting in her twenties and traveled the world for over forty years in search of specimens to add to her collection. Her passion for shell collecting has led her to the Philippines, Bhutan, several African countries, Costa Rica and back again. Isabel's impressive collection has been generously given to the Oakes Museum of Natural History so that the beautiful and wondrous world of shells can be explored by others.
Native American Ojibwe Regalia
"Regalia is who we are. It is part of our culture. " - Dale Singer
Part of the Singer Collection of Native American Artifacts, the authentic Ojibwe regalia is made of elk hide, turkey bones, and abalone shell. It features a prayer fan, medicine bag, and symbolic beads. This exhibit is located on the North American Floor.
For the Kids
Sensory Discovery Room
Children of all ages can observe rocks, minerals, shells, reptiles, and amphibians up close. Use the microscope to take a closer look at items from nature! Select a coloring page or track rubbing of your favorite Pennsylvania animal. Read a book about the animals found in the museum. Enjoy learning more about nature in this hands on room. This room is located on the African floor.
This month's focus is Africa! Color an African animal page, play mancala or search for animal names.
Looking for unique gifts or educational items that will enhance your museum experience after your visit? Our store is stocked with quality books, puppets, geological specimens and souvenirs for all ages.
This program for middle and high school students includes a campus tour focusing on sustainable practices,a visit to the solar thermal water heating system and the solar panel pavilion, and a tour of the Oakes Museum focusing on how unsustainable practices affect animal populations. Visit our Field Trip page for more information.
The Oakes Museum of Natural History offers educational, science-enrichment programming for homeschool families. Homeschool days include group lessons, hands-on activities, time for families to discover at their own pace and take-home extensions. Visit our Field Trip page for more information.