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February 12, 2024

Science Museum Oklahoma is proud to announce its nomination for Newsweek magazine's Best Science Museum award. Since its inception in 1958, SMO has been a beacon of science education, captivating Oklahomans and visitors alike with its interactive exhibits, discovery-based activities, astronomy shows, Science Live demonstrations, educational outreach efforts and special events.

In 2023, SMO broke attendance records with over 6 million visitors, solidifying its status as a beloved institution within the community. This year, should be an even more exciting year with its latest addition set to open this fall: a state-of-the-art planetarium.

“This is going to be an exciting year for us,” said Sherry Marshall, John E. Kirkpatrick President/CEO at Science Museum Oklahoma. "At SMO, we are committed to spark curiosity and expand knowledge through exploring the wonder and relevance of science. The addition of our new planetarium represents our dedication to providing world-class educational experiences that make a deep impact for learners of all ages.”

As Science Museum Oklahoma continues to push the boundaries of science education, it remains a beacon of inspiration for future generations of scientists, engineers and innovators. With its nomination for Newsweek's Best Science Museum award, SMO reaffirms its status as a leader in the field and a beloved cultural institution within the state of Oklahoma.

To vote for Science Museum Oklahoma as Newsweek’s Top Science Museum, visit