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Make the Mayborn part of your Independence Day celebration. Visitors wearing red, white and blue get in free plus receive a 10% discount in the museum store!

Come early – the first 200 people through the door will also receive a free gift.

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Wrapped in Tradition:The Chihuly Collection of American Indian Trade Blankets features 80 magnificent trade blankets hand picked by renowned studio glass artist Dale Chihuly from his personal collection. These blankets are machine produced and made for the European settler-American Indian trade. The exhibition also features 15 glass Blanket Cylinders by Chihuly who was inspired by the beautiful colors and designs of the blankets. When planning your summer schedule, make note, this astounding traveling exhibit will only be on display through August 18 in the Thomas E. and Emilyne Week Anding Traveling Exhibit Gallery at the museum.
See our newest exhibit, From Sea to Shining Sea: 200 Years of America's Coast Survey, courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service and NOAA. The Mayborn is pleased to offer you this special poster exhibit that explores the Coast Survey's history, accomplishments, and scientific contributions. Richly illustrated with photos, charts, and artwork held in the Survey's archives, this colorful 20-poster set will be on display until August 21 in the upper cafe.
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Summer Lecture Series
As a complement to our traveling exhibit, Wrapped in Tradition: The Chihuly Collection of American Indian Trade Blankets, the Mayborn Museum Complex presents an educational and fascinating lecture series featuring renowned experts on American Indian culture and trade blankets. All lectures will take place in the lecture hall at the museum. Tickets are $15 for each lecture; museum members pay $10 for each.

Lowery Begay, a nationally renowned Navajo dance performer and musician, presents “Everything You Always Wanted to Know about American Indians But Were Afraid to Ask” on Saturday, July 28 at 10:30 am. Begay will address stereotypes versus reality regarding American Indians. This educational lecture will be followed by a Q&A session where Begay will greet visitors one on one and personally answer questions. For tickets, please call Frankie at 254-710-1202 by July 25 at 5 pm. Click here for more information.

Charles Lohrmann, co-author of “The Language of the Robe: American Indian Trade Blankets” and “Chihuly's Pendletons” presents a lecture entitled “American Indian Trade Blankets” on Friday, August 3 and Saturday, August 4. Lohrmann is an expert on trade blankets and helped Dale Chihuly organize his own personal collection. Friday’s lecture is at 2 pm, followed by a Q&A session where he will greet visitors one on one and personally answer questions. His second lecture on Saturday takes place at 10:30 am, followed by a Q&A session and book signing. For tickets, please call Frankie at 254-710-1202 by July 31 at 5 pm. Click here for more information.

Summer Movie Series
We are also presenting a summer film series featuring fascinating documentaries on American Indian history and culture. All showings begin at 2 pm in the SBC Theater. There is no additional charge to attend the movie screenings. Please be aware that the SBC Theater has limited seating, so arrive early!

Saturday, July 8: “A Blackfeet Encounter”
This film explores the rich history and culture of the Blackfeet tribe of Montana from their first contact with the Lewis and Clark Expedition to their current struggles and triumphs. Click here for more information.

Saturday, July 14: “Gallery: The National Museum of the American Indian”
This documentary charts the unveiling and dedication of the first Smithsonian museum dedicated exclusively to American Indians. The museum’s architects discuss the conception and design of the building and American Indians share their thoughts on the importance of the museum. Click here for more information.

Saturday, July 21: “Sacred Buffalo People”
This film uses history, dance, and folklore to explore the important relationship between the buffalo and the tribes of the Northern Plains. It tells how buffalo were critical to the American Indian way of life and shares the story of how one tribe has worked to return the once endangered species to the Plains. Click here for more information.

Click here to see the entire summer movie line up.


Saturday, July 7 and Sunday, July 15: Storytelling and Flute Performances by Liz McDaniel
Liz McDaniel, a member of the Bluebonnet Scops Storytelling Guild, will dress in period clothing and tell stories about American Indians. She will also perform original music on her flute. Come see her at 2 pm in the Texas Lifeways Room. Admission to the show is included with your entry fee.

Saturday, July 7: "The Goat in the Chili Patch" Puppet Shows
Join Rick Strot and the Mayborn Puppeteers as they present two performances of "The Goat in the Chili Patch” in the SBC Theater. The first performance begins at 11 am and the second performance begins at 1 pm. Admission to the show is included with your entry fee.

Saturday, July 28 and Sunday, July 29: Performances by Lowery Begay & Dallin Maybee
Join award-winning American Indian performers Lowery Begay and Dallin Maybee in the Rotunda at 1:15 pm and 4 pm for traditional dances and enjoy their storytelling skills in the Traveling Exhibit Hall at 2:30 pm. Admission to these activities is included with your entry fee.

Click here to see a complete list of our exciting summer events.

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People of all generations enjoyed making glass art objects at the Mayborn in June. Diana Chase gave a presentation and led a class.

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Piers Bateman was just one of the many folks who enjoy Joanna Sikes' fascinating lecture and slide show about Dale Chihuly and some of his installations.

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The museum store has a large selection of products which complement our Wrapped in Tradition summer traveling exhibit. These items are available for a limited time, so take this opportunity to purchase exclusive and colorful collectibles inspired by America's history. Museum members save 10% on all purchases!
chihuly studio pieces This month, we spotlight our unique Navajo Weaver Dolls. This doll is an actual working loom and accurately depicts the way Navajo rugs have been woven for generations. By the creation of this piece of art, not only has the craftsman made an item of beauty and education, but they have also shared with us a bit of Navajo culture and history. The store has a selection of Weaver Dolls and they range in price from $16 - $45.


summer camp

Limited openings are still available for camps during the weeks of July 9 and July 16. Register now before they close! Email Lanna Palmer or call her at 254-710-7526. Visit our website for more information.

birthday parties

Celebrate your child's birthday with a party that is as unique as they are at the Mayborn Museum Complex! Email Carol Nowlin or call her at 254-710-1128. Visit our website for details.


A Mayborn Membership is your passport to a year jam packed with ever changing fun-filled discoveries and knowledge!

Email Sherri Jurls or call her at 254-710-1108. Visit our website to purchase online.



This month’s big winner is Ms. Tanya Miller! Her feedback card was drawn from all of the visitor feedback cards we received during the month of July. Your feedback helps us deliver an extraordinary experience each time you visit. We appreciate all of your comments and the time you took to fill out our 30-second survey. Good luck to each of you next month!

Youth volunteers

Do you have a teen interested in volunteering at the Mayborn this summer? Click here to fill out an application and get information about training sessions. Volunteers must currently be in high school or must be entering high school by Fall 2007.


Download our new podcast onto your mp3 player, bring it to the museum, and enjoy a self-led tour through our Wrapped in Tradition exhibit!

Share Your Pictures

Share your photos of the Mayborn and see great pics that other visitors have taken. Check out our Flickr group page and post pictures of your family, children, and friends enjoying the museum!

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Download Wallpaper

Download one of our new desktop wallpapers featuring an American Indian trade blanket.

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