The Museum of Osteology, located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S., is a private museum devoted to the study of bones and skeletons (osteology). This museum displays over 350 skeletons of animal species from 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.
Location in United States
|Location||Oklahoma City, United States|
|Type||Natural history museum|
|Collection size||5,000+ skeletal specimens|
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 of the museum began in 2004 and it 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.
On June 28th, 2022, The Museum of Osteology in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma currently features one fully articulated adult Hippopotamus containing a total of 219 bones. Mary Holman, Education Coordinator at the Museum of Osteology  and Ashley MB Meerschaert, M.S, Director of the Museum of Osteology, counted the number of bones in a Hippopotamus skeleton. Recently, it was unknown to the public just how many bones a Hippopotamus had, and this encouraged the education team to find out what the average number of bones a Hippopotamus had since no scholarly article or quick Google search had the answer.
Exhibits including a humpback whale
Primate skeletons on display
Skeleton of a Kinkajou
Skeletons on display
Elephant skeleton on display
Pygmy sperm whale skeleton on display
School bus tour group
The museum in the final stages of development, March 2010.
Ungulate skeletons on display
Various animal skeletons