John Kirkpatrick and his family were prominent leaders and influencers in Oklahoma City. The whole Kirkpatrick family made it their mission to give back to the community as much as they could. They have contributed to various art and educational organizations, as well as participating in various philanthropic events.
One of the contributions to the community the Kirkpatrick Family made was creating a new building for the Oklahoma Science and Arts Foundation in 1962. The institution was a place that had a planetarium and museum, as well as a science center. Then, in early 1978, the Kirkpatrick extended the idea of the Oklahoma Science and Arts Foundation and created the Kirkpatrick Center. This center would eventually become the home of the Science Museum of Oklahoma.
Two years later, the Oklahoma Air and Space Museum opened, which showcased the aviation history of Oklahoma. Then, in 1996 the Kirkpatrick Center, Oklahoma Air and Space Museum, and Science Museum of Oklahoma blended together and created the comprehensive Kirkpatrick Science and Air Museum at Omniplex. Finally, in recent years, employees, trustees, and volunteers of the museum continued to discover new ways that they could integrate science into their everyday lives. As the importance of science, and new scientific research emerged, the name was changed from the Kirkpatrick Science and Air Museum at Omniplex to simply the Science Museum of Oklahoma.
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