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Family events

Extended Hours for Spring Break!

The Mayborn Museum Complex will be open extended hours during Spring Break! Click here for more information.


bug's life

Celebrate Spring Break with an exciting day of bug-themed fun on Thursday, March 15. We will show "A Bug's Life movie, offer an optional lunch or dinner, and provide you the chance to get up close and personal with insects from the museum’s permanent collections.

Tailor your visit by choosing from one of three movie times for "A Bug's Life." The show times are 10:30 l 1:30 l 6:30 in the SBC Theatre. This 1 ½ hour long Disney animated movie is the winner of multiple awards and is a delightful story about a misfit ant, looking for warriors to save his colony from grasshoppers, recruits a group of bugs that turn out to be an inept circus troop.

Did you know that one out of every four animals in the world is a beetle? Is there a difference between a butterfly and a moth? A member of our collections staff will be on hand to answer your questions and ask you questions about the bugs in the movie. He will be in the Rotunda at noon and again at 5:30 p.m. We will have some preserved bugs from the Mayborn's permanent collection as well as some LIVE bugs such as an African Giant Black Millipede, Grain beetles, and a Chilean Rose Tarantula.

Make it a full day of fun by purchasing lunch or dinner! Lunch will be served at noon and dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m., both in the upper café. We will offer a delicious salad & pizza buffet, which includes cheese and pepperoni pizza and water, tea, or lemonade.

Meal prices

Museum Members:
Adult $8
Child $5.50 (10 and under)

Guests who are not members:
Adult $10
Child $7.50 (10 and under)

For your convenience, you may purchase your meal with cash, check or credit card. Meals are by reservation only and the RSVP deadline is Friday, March 9. Please contact Carol Nowlin at 710-1128 or Kate Cabe at 710-4629 to make your advance reservations.

Bug your parents to call today! This event will sell out fast!

Visit our website for more information.


March 5 Lady Bugs-n-Butterflies
See ladybugs and butterflies up close! Watch the butterflies fly and learn why ladybugs have spots. Crafts will follow.

March 12 No Museum Mondays

March 19 Growing Things
Find out what it takes to make living things grow.

March 26 Color My World
The world is full of beautiful colors! Come and create beautiful art by using colors.

View the entire Museum Monday schedule.


The Mayborn Museum Complex invites our members to attend The Greatest Physics Circus on Earth! Geared for students in the 5-8 grades, the program is based on science explorations, physics demonstrations, hands-on interactive displays, theatrical performances, games, prizes, and excellent teaching experiences!

The Mayborn is proud to offer free admission to this event for our valued museum members on a first-come first-served basis. Please call Misty at (254) 710-1180 to reserve your seat. Click here for more info

visitors corner

Ciarin Boardman visited the museum in February. He told us, "My favorite part of the museum was walking over the mammoth bones. It was cool!"
Gracie Weaver of Waco says, "I like to play in the cars and with the mailbox because you can put mail in the front and take it out of the other side. I like the guinea pigs because they're pretty. I even got to touch a turtle! I would tell my friends to come to the museum because it's fun and exciting."

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4 of the cross-sections that will be on exhibit

The Mayborn Museum
Proudly Presents
The Zuhl Collection of Petrified Tree Cross Sections

The Zuhl Collection of Petrified Tree Cross Sections is an exhibit on loan courtesy of the Houston Museum of Natural Science. It includes 26 fossilized tree cross sections, varying in size from 8 inches in diameter to over 40, some of which date back millions of years. The exhibit will be on display from March 10 through August 27, 2007.

Click here for more information.

Opening Saturday!
Ancient Microworlds

Ancient Microworlds unites the worlds of photography and paleontology to produce rarely seen visions into past life. Through the use of high-magnification photography, these images allow a an amazing view into the world of fossils. The exhibit opens March 10 and runs through August 27, 2007.

Click here for more information.

photo of pentoxylon


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Wear green on Saturday, March 17 for St. Patrick's Day and get 10% off your purchase in the store! New items are coming in daily and we're getting ready for Spring Break. Please join us in the store on Tuesday, March 13 as we demonstrate some of the fun and educational items that we carry.


Teachers' corner

We have a few openings left for the afternoons. Contact Lanna Palmer via e-mail or call her at 710-7526 to reserve your space. Click here to view our school programs.

birthday parties

Celebrate your child's birthday with a party at the Mayborn Museum Complex! Please contact Carol Nowlinat 710-1128 or visit our website for details.


A Mayborn Museum Membership makes a great gift for a loved one or for yourself!

Call or email Sherri Jurls at 710-1108 or visit our website to purchase online.

Family Fun Thursdays

March 8 Bug Bonanza - Discover the fascinating world of bugs! A member of our staff will give a presentation in the Kid’s Corner with bugs from the museum’s collection. The program will continue in the Invertebrates Room.

girl and millipede

March 15 - No Family Fun Thursday. See Bug's Life event information.

March 22 Wacky & Wildflowers - Discover the famous wildflowers of Texas and make crazy fake flowers.

March 29 Trip, Skip and Dance Around the World - Learn about different cultures of the world through their dances and ritual movements.

View the full Family Fun schedule.


Bill and Deb Erlich of Denton, TX were the winners of a $15 gift certificate to the museum store. They filled out our visitor feedback form and were entered to win the drawing. They were visiting the museum with their children and grandchildren.

coming next month

Registration for summer classes begins in April, so plan ahead!

Watch for our beautiful upcoming quilt exhibit which opens in April entitled "A Stitch in Time."