Visitors escaping the December chill at Science Museum Oklahoma have an extra reason to head to the museum during the holiday season: tours of SMO’s 1929 Pullman parlor car.
Normally closed to the public to maintain its preservation, the Pullman parlor car is decorated for the holidays and open for tours through Jan. 1. The car was built for the Missouri Pacific Railroad and, after several other owners, was donated it to the then Kirkpatrick Center, now Science Museum Oklahoma, in 1982.
“The portion of the museum that houses the Pullman parlor car was actually built around the train car. Thousands of guests tour the parlor car during the holidays and have the opportunity to learn about its history as well as what riding in these cars was like for the guests, cook and porter,” said Clint Stone, director of education and training for SMO.
The interior of the historic car was refurbished to reflect its original grandeur and features brass, chrome and Honduran mahogany woodwork that was cleaned, polished and repaired. Aging upholstery, drapes and carpet were replaced with fabrics fitting the time period and the car’s original decor.
The Pullman parlor car is located on the first floor of the museum near Tiny Tracks, an exhibit that features railway artifacts and an M.G. Pinky Martin model train that weaves through 1,000 square feet of town, countryside and Oklahoma City landmarks.
Science Museum Oklahoma is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. The museum is closed Christmas Eve and Christmas and open on New Year’s Day. Daily general admission is $15.95 for adults (ages 13 to 64) and $12.95 for children (ages 3 to 12) and seniors (65 and older). Annual memberships begin at $95.
Cutline: Science Museum Oklahoma will offer tours of its historic Pullman parlor car throughout the holiday season. Tours are available daily through Jan. 1 and are included with general admission.
About Science Museum Oklahoma
Science Museum Oklahoma is the state’s only hands-on science museum and, with over 350,000 square feet, one of the largest science museums in the nation. With a mission of enriching lives by revealing the wonder and relevance of science, Science Museum Oklahoma demonstrates the relationship between the physical sciences and everyday experiences. The museum influences how Oklahomans learn about science through the medium of interactive exhibits, discovery-based activities, astronomy shows, Science Live demonstrations, educational outreach efforts and special events. The museum’s clear mission and firm focus on science literacy encourages families to develop and build upon a strong foundation in the sciences.