This museum is literally stuffed with exotic animals from all over the world. It looks a lot smaller on the outside than the inside. They've managed to fit lots of buffalo varieties, a giraffe, bears and habitat replicas under one roof, so yes, it's bigger than I was expecting. Very organized and thoughtfully laid out.
It's actually a collection of big game hunts that a local couple has racked up for the past 30 years and made into a museum. I'm certain their house wasn't large enough to accommodate all these animals, so thankfully they decided to share the love and open a museum.
And it's fabulous!
Each display is laid out according to the continent and location where the animals are found in their natural habitat. It's free for children 12 and under, which makes it an easy family trip for those of us with kiddos.
My kids were thrilled to come face to face with polar bears, lions, water buffalo and other creatures they've never actually laid eyes on before.
A documentary highlighting different aspects of mother earth was playing, though the kids were too interested in viewing the animals to stop for a moment and watch. There is also a resource room full of books that you can come in and read.
The youngest was worried about the ethical impacts of hunting these animals. The docent explained that big game hunting actually supports conservation programs. He also explained that the animals displayed at the museum consist of older animals who were at risk of starvation or illness.
Harbor Museum is located on Texoma Parkway next to China Buffet. Their hours and days of operation in the summertime are extended, so feel free to stop by almost any day of the week. Adults and those over 12 are $5 donation.
4703 Texoma Parkway