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Museum of Osteology
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Established 2010
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.

Scope

Museum of Osteology exhibits
Exhibits including a humpback whale at the Museum of Osteology, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

The museum focuses on the form and function of the skeletal system with numerous educational and taxonomic displays featuring all five vertebrate classes.

The collections housed by the Museum of Osteology are the result of over 40 years of collecting by Jay Villemarette.

Currently, the collections consist of approximately 7,000 specimens representing over 2,500 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish.

History

Skulls Unlimited and the Museum of Osteology
Skulls Unlimited and the Museum of Osteology, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

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.

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