15 Museums You Have to See to Believe

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Museum of Osteology

Oklahoma City
Founded: 2010

Jay Villemarette’s hobby of collecting skulls and bones began when he was just 7 years old. It turned into a career when he opened Skulls Unlimited, a business that sells animal skulls and skeletons to educational institutions all over the world.

Now, more than 40 years after Villemarette found his first skull, his collection is on display at the Museum of Osteology. The museum houses the largest privately held collection of osteological specimens in the world, and more than 300 skeletons are on display.

The museum houses 13 exhibits that are sorted according to an animal’s origins or habitat. One exhibit is dedicated to animals found in Oklahoma; another hands-on exhibit gives visitors the chance to handle animal skulls of various North American species.

A variety of specimens on exhibit.