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The Museum of Osteology is a private museum devoted to the study of bones and skeletons (osteology). This museum is located in Oklahoma City and displays over 350 skeletons from animal species from animals all over the world.[1] 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.[2][3][4]

Museum of Osteology
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Museum of Osteology is located in Oklahoma
Museum of Osteology
Location of the Museum of Osteology in Oklahoma
Established 2010
Location Oklahoma City, United States
Coordinates 35°21′55″N 97°26′33″W / 35.365371°N 97.442601°W / 35.365371; -97.442601
Type Natural history museum
Collection size 5,000+ skeletal specimens
Director Jay Villemarette
Exhibits including a humpback whale at the Museum of Osteology, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.



Skulls Unlimited and the Museum of Osteology, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

The museum was established by Jay Villemarette, founder of the company Skulls Unlimited International Inc., which is located next to the museum.[2] Construction on the museum began in 2004 and opened to the public on October 1, 2010.[2][3][5][6] The museum focuses on the form and function of the skeletal system with numerous educational and taxonomic displays featuring all five vertebrate classes.[4] The collections housed by the Museum of Osteology are the result of over 40 years of collecting by Jay Villemarette.[7] Currently the collections consist of approximately 7,000 specimens representing over 2,500 species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish.[8]

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 slated as the largest skeleton museum in America with over 500 skeletons on display.



  1. ^ "Skeletons: Animals Unveiled! I-Drive 360". Retrieved 2016-08-04. 
  2. ^ a b c Urstadt, Brian (July 2006). "I'm Going to Rib-cage World". Outside Magazine. Retrieved 17 June 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Raymond, Jeff (March 26, 2007). "Skeleton Crew". The Oklahoman. 
  4. ^ a b Wheelbarger, Brent (Oct 1, 2008). "The Bone Collectors; The Biggest Skeletal Collection in the World Right Here in Moore Oklahoma" (PDF). Moore Monthly. 
  5. ^ Dinger, Matt (Nov 15, 2010). "Museum Opens in Southeast Oklahoma City". The Daily Oklahoman. 
  6. ^ Gray, Aaron Wright (Oct 30, 2010), "Villemarette Gets His Skeletons Out of the Closet", Norman Transcript 
  7. ^ Horton, Greg (October 25, 2006). "Bone Collector". Oklahoma Gazette. 
  8. ^ Brus, Brian (May 27, 2009). "Skull Junkie Finds Solid Future in Skeleton Frontier". The Journal Record. 

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