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Just Flew In!

Wings Across America presents: Fly Girls of WWII exhibit that honors a brave group of young women that flew military aircraft during World War II.  They were known as the WASP (Women Air Force Service Pilots) and played an essential, but largely forgotten, role in American history.  See some of their priceless uniforms, pictures, awards, a stirring video, and learn about their invaluable contributions on exhibition through November 28.  Click here to learn more.

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Junior Duck Stamp Art

Junior Duck Stamp Art Exhibit displays “Best of Show” pieces throughout the United States and the Mayborn is proud to serve as one of 11 locations showcasing the “best of” artwork from more than 27,000 submissions!  See the exhibition until October 25 in the Upstairs Children’s Rotunda.  Click here for more information. 


bones exhibit coming soon Bones: An Exhibit Inside You arrives at the museum later this month.  The exhibit creates awareness about our intriguing bone biology through a variety of engaging hands-on activities.  The exhibit is intended to help both children and adults understand the need for healthy bones and teaches ways to accomplish that goal.  Brought to you from the legendary Children's Museum of Indianapolis, Bones will be on display from October 28, 2007 through February 17, 2008 in the Anding Traveling Exhibit Gallery.  Click here to learn more.

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The thrilling Bones exhibit opens to the public on Sunday, October 28, but you can be the first to see it by attending the Mayborn's preview party, "Bonenanza: A Party of Bone-a-fide Fun" on October 27!  We have an entire evening of special activities planned for this casual Halloween-themed party.  Join us from 6 to 9 pm for food and fun including

  • a scavenger hunt
  • not-so-scary stories by Vivian Rutherford
  • a strolling magician
  • a costume parade for everyone
  • "finger" food
  • a photo backdrop so you can take your own picture
  • and, of course, a sneak peek of the new exhibit

Watch your mailbox and our website for more information!

family programming


Come to the Discovery Center to meet one of our many animal “friends” up close and personal!  A museum employee will acquaint you with one of our critters from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm on Saturday, October 6 and 20.  Click here to learn more. 


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Cathey Trankovich talks about turtles during a recent Meet-A-Critter.

Gingerbread man and henny penny Puppet Shows

Join Rick Strot and the Mayborn Puppeteers as they present "Gingerbread Man" and “Henny Penny” in the SBC Theater on Saturday, October 13.  There will be two opportunities to catch these fun shows.  The first begins at 10:30 am and the second begins at 2:30 pm. 

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Join us for our inaugural meeting of the Mayborn Book Club as we discuss the book No Bone Unturned by award-winning author Jeff Benedict.  In this fascinating biography, lawyer and investigative journalist Jeff Benedict follows Doug Owsley, a curator for the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History as he painstakingly rebuilds skeletons, helping to identify them and determine their cause of death. No Bone Unturned tracks many of Owsley’s notorious cases including the fight over the bones of Kennewick Man, a 9,600-year-old human skeleton found along the banks of Washington’s Columbia River.  Meet us in the second floor café on Thursday, October 11 from 6:30 - 7:30pm.  Buy the book in our museum store for the low price of $13.95!

Get a head start on November’s thriller novel The Lovely Bones by bestselling writer Alice Sebold. 

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In conjunction with our new exhibit Wings Across America presents: Fly Girls of WWII , the museum store has several items provided by the Wings Across America organization.  Choose from the fascinating books Clipped Wings ($20), Dear Mother & Daddy ($34.95) and We Were WASP ($20).  The store also has a DVD with actual sound bites from the exhibit ($10) and beautiful lapel pins ($3.50).  Proceeds from these items go to Wings Across America to further support this excellent exhibit.  In addition, you may go to their website to order a limited edition WASP legacy afghan ($75).  You may also see a sample of this one-of-a-kind afghan in our store.

Be on the lookout for Bones-related merchandise: new books, games and educational toys are coming in daily.

October Store Promotion: All exploration-related items are 10% off this month in honor of Columbus Day!  Members receive 10% off in addition to their regular 10% discount.

We still have a large selection of beautiful Pendleton blankets.  These will make a wonderful Christmas gift or just a nice way to keep warm with cooler weather on its way!  Remember to shop at our award-winning store, rated #1 museum store in Waco! 


school groups

Teachers, sign up now to bring your groups this fall and spring.  Contact Lanna Palmer at 254-710-7526 to guarantee your spot. Click here to see the educationally exciting programs we offer.

birthday parties

Celebrate your child's birthday with a party that is as wonderful as they are at the Mayborn Museum Complex! Contact Carol Nowlin or call her at 254-710-1128. Click here to read more about our one-of-a-kind birthday parties.


A Mayborn Membership is your passport to a year jam-packed with fun discoveries and learning opportunities for the whole family!  Visit our website to purchase a membership online.



This month’s visitor feedback winner is Leisa Russell.

Leisa is a member of the museum and has been since 2005.  She came with four children and another adult.

Her feedback card was drawn from all of the cards we received during the month of August. We appreciate all of the comments we receive. Good luck to you next month! 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.


Interested in bringing a group to the museum? Click here to see the various ways your group can visit.


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coming next month

Nov. 3 – Meet a Critter

Nov. 8 – Mayborn Book Club: The Lovely Bones

Nov. 10 – Cemetery Tour

Nov. 17 – Glass Holiday Ornament Workshop

Nov. 29 – “The Unfortunate Shrinking Santa” Puppet Show