There's a lot going on at the Sam Noble Natural History Museum. Fossils, native peoples, history, rotating exhibits and plenty more to fill your brain with. But once your thirst for knowledge is quenched, it's time to take a little piece of the excitement with you. So today we exit through the gift shop and pick the Top 5 items that caught our eye on our last trip there.
5. Hawaiian Ukulele
As far as I can tell, this has nothing to do with science or Oklahoma but it just screams "gift shop" to me. I envision many a regretful parent on many a family road trip being serenaded with the "soothing" sounds of Hawaii as they drove to the second largest Ball of Twine. I couldn't tell you why it's there but I'm glad it is.
4. Oklahoma Pencil Sharpener
Cheap. Functional. Oklahoma-themed. Much can be said about the humble pencil sharpener. Many would dismiss this little beauty as Dollar Store flotsam but I say give it a chance. Nothing gets the little ones quiet like giving them a task. And let's face it, all those pencils aren't going to sharpen themselves. (Bonus points for the little cartoon buffalo!)
3. Barite Rose Rocks
There's nothing better than being able to buy something at a museum that might actually be displayed in a museum. The rare rose rock is the state rock of Oklahoma and and can pretty much only be found here (and technically in a couple of other places but they're much rarer there). Pick up one of these beauties and put it on your desk at work and you've got an instant conversation piece. It sure beats working.
2. Oklahoma Tornado Snow Globes
Sure, tornadoes are no fun but they are a part of life in the Sooner State. Here they get incorporated with a snow storm (or maybe a dust storm?) into one of the classic gift shop items of all time. The best kind of twister is the one you can control.
1. Little Oklahoma Pillow
You remember those collector plates from the 70's that had little cartoony depictions of an area's interesting features and attractions? (Like THIS one.) These little pillows remind me of them. And the fact that they are apparently hand made puts them in the #1 slot on the list.
So if you can't find a souvenir keepsake from this bunch then I don't know what to tell you. You must hate fun...and gift shops.