Coming to Norman for a Sooner game, Visiting family, Attending a wedding, Business conference, A weekend getaway, Maybe even a summer camp?
Here’s a list of Things to Do in Norman, Oklahoma.
Visit a World-Class Museum
- The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art contains the largest collection of Impressionist paintings at a public university in its permanent collection along with a Native American display with more than 5,000 artifacts.
- In 2014, First Lady Michelle Obama presented the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History with the prestigious Institute of Museum and Library Sciences medal, making it one of the top five museums honored that year. Six permanent galleries in the museum trace 500 million years of Oklahoma’s natural history.
- Norman is the home of the National Weather Center that includes state and federal weather agencies including the Storm Prediction Center, the National Severe Storms Laboratory, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration and even the home of the Dorothy and Toto props from the Twister movie. Public tours are available by appointment. The National Weather Museum and Science Center also calls Norman home; the venue opened in 2016 and is open to the public Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
University of Oklahoma
The state’s flagship university opened in 1890, before Norman was officially incorporated as a city in 1891, and the campus features quite a few must-see stops. It was recently listed among the Top 25 Most Beautiful College Campuses; a couple of the top stops to make include:
- The Bizzell Memorial Library is listed as a National Historical Landmark for its Cherokee Gothic architectural style. The Great Reading Room is an iconic image of the campus.
- The Switzer Center, open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. houses a collection of Sooner football memorabilia including seven national championship trophies, replicas of six Heisman trophies, bowl championship trophies (including the Rose, Orange, Cotton, Sugar and Fiesta Bowls) and more. Four statues of Sooner football coaches – Bennie Owen, Bud Wilkinson, Barry Switzer and Bob Stoops – sit in the courtyard of the center outside Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium and statues of Sooner Heisman Trophy winners (including Billy Vessells, Steve Owens, Billy Sims, Jason White and Sam Bradford, so far) are located across from the east side of the stadium.