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Sam Noble Museum, Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art Announce Reopenings

Sam Noble Museum, Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art Announce Reopenings

split image of exhibits at the Fred Jones (metal sculpture) and Sam Noble (mammoth skeleton) Museums

Both museums on the University of Oklahoma Norman campus have reopened to visitors with safety measures in place. In keeping with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other federal and state guidelines, both museums will follow prescribed COVID-19 protocols to help protect staff and visitors.

The museums have instituted precautions, including requiring masks for visitors (3 years and up) and social distancing, except among parties arriving together. Both museums have moved their public programs, lectures and educational activities to an online platform for an undetermined time.

Precautions at the Sam Noble Museum include those listed above, as well as reduced hours and timed ticketing, and advance reservations.

Timed ticketing hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Visitors may sign up for the following time slots: 9-10:30 a.m. (reserved for higher-risk guests on Thursday and Saturday), 10:30 a.m.-noon, 2-3:30 p.m. and 3:30-5 p.m. The museum will be closed daily from noon-2 p.m. for cleaning and disinfecting.

For a full list of restrictions and protocols, and to reserve admission tickets online, visit and click on the appropriate link in the pop-up box. Tickets also may be reserved by calling Visitor Services at (405) 325-7977.

The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art has opened its regular museum hours of 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

For a complete listing of the art museum’s COVID-19 guidelines, visit and click on “Museum Reopening Guidelines.”

By Jerri Culpepper

Article Published:  Wednesday, August 12, 2020