A.D. Buck Museum of Science & History

A.D. Buck Museum of Science & History 1220 Grand
Tonkawa, OK 74653

Phone: 580-628-6477
Fax: 580-628-6209
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The A.D. Buck Museum of Science & History in Tonkawa is located on the campus of Northern Oklahoma College.  Founded in 1913 by C.E. Johnson, who was a biology instructor at the college, the museum was originally named the Yellow Bull Museum after a Nez Perce chief.  Renamed in 1966 after its long-time director A.D. Buck, who served from the 1930s, the A.D. Buck Museum of Science & History was originally housed in Wilkin Hall on the Tonkawa college campus before it burned down in 1914.  The museum was then relocated to the North/Harold Hall until 1968, when it was ...

The A.D. Buck Museum of Science & History in Tonkawa is located on the campus of Northern Oklahoma College.  Founded in 1913 by C.E. Johnson, who was a biology instructor at the college, the museum was originally named the Yellow Bull Museum after a Nez Perce chief.  Renamed in 1966 after its long-time director A.D. Buck, who served from the 1930s, the A.D. Buck Museum of Science & History was originally housed in Wilkin Hall on the Tonkawa college campus before it burned down in 1914.  The museum was then relocated to the North/Harold Hall until 1968, when it was given its own dedicated building.

The A.D. Buck Museum of Science & History is known for housing C.E. Johnson's taxidermy collection, collections of local history, mounted birds and displays detailing the mammals of north-central Oklahoma.  Other historical exhibits include information regarding E.W. Marland's Three Sands Oil Field, the Tonkawa WWII Prisoner of War (POW) Camp and the famous Big V Ranch, owned by William H. Vanselous.  Science exhibits include mounted specimens of birds and mammals, as well as the Herbert Walther Mineral & Fossil Collection, housed in nearby Crowder Science Hall.  Come to this Tonkawa museum to learn how C.E. Johnson's taxidermy course at the college led to many of the early specimens in the museum, or simply browse through rows of local pioneer history, military history and interesting facts about Kay County.

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  • General Information: Free admission

  • Highway Corridors (within 5 mi.): I-35

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Monday

2:00 pm

5:00 pm

Tuesday

2:00 pm

5:00 pm

Wednesday

2:00 pm

5:00 pm

Thursday

2:00 pm

5:00 pm

Friday

2:00 pm

5:00 pm

Open during school season hours; all other times open by appointment.

From I-35, exit at Hwy 68. Go 1 mile and exit to Tonkawa. Go south to North St and then approx 1.5 miles east. Located at Pine and North St.

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Rex Ackerson




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