Museum Thanks First Responders

Saturday, February 7th 2009, 4:34 pm
By: News 9

By Christian Price, INsite Team

NORMAN, OKLAHOMA - A metro museum wants to thank first responders and their families by offering free admission to the Norman museum all week long.

The Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History has designated the week of Feb. 9 through the 15 as First Responders Week. Public Relations Officer Linda Coldwell said the museum just wants to show their appreciation.

"This museum, if you think about it, is absolutely dependant on those first responders," Coldwell said. "This is a treasure chest of Oklahoma's artifacts and our cultural artifacts and our natural heritage. If there's a spark in here and the place goes up in flames, we absolutely depend on our fire department. The police in Norman and on the University of Oklahoma campus are always here patrolling around and they're here if we need them."

The free admission isn't just for Norman first responders. No matter where in the world you work as a first responder, if you have an official ID, you and your immediate family are welcome, free of charge.

Museum officials a not only appreciate  what first responders do for our communities, but they realize that the economy has affected everybody.

"We know that a lot of folks, ourselves included, are feeling the pinch of the economy," Coldwell said. "We're trying to do everything we can to give back to our community a little bit in some small way."

The Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History offers something for everybody including the Discovery Room, which offers kids a hands-on experience.

For adults, the earliest known painted object in North America is just one of the exhibits on display within the museum.

The Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History is open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays 1 - 5 p.m.

For the Discovery Room hours, call 325-4712 because they are different from the main museum's operating hours.