Museum of Osteology
|Location||Oklahoma City, United States|
|Type||Natural history museum|
|Collection size||5,000+ skeletal specimens|
The Museum of Osteology, located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States, North America, is a private museum devoted to the study of bones and skeletons (osteology). This museum displays over 350 skeletons from animal species from animals all over the world. With another 7000 specimens as part of the collection, but not on display, this is the largest privately held collection of osteological specimens in the world.
The collections housed by the Museum of Osteology are the result of over 40 years of collecting by Jay Villemarette.
The museum was established by Jay Villemarette, founder of the company Skulls Unlimited International, Inc., which is located next to the museum. Construction on the museum began in 2004 and opened to the public on October 1, 2010.
In 2015, the Museum of Osteology opened a second location, Skeletons: Museum of Osteology, at the I-Drive 360 entertainment complex in Orlando, Florida. This location is cited as the largest skeleton museum in America with over 500 skeletons on display.
Skeleton of a Kinkajou
Skeletons on display at the Museum of Osteology.
Pygmy sperm whale skeleton on display at the Museum of Osteology.
Ungulate skeletons on display at the Museum of Osteology.
Various animal skeletons on display at the Museum of Osteology.
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