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This Saturday, December 1:
Enjoy a very merry Mayborn Christmas! See below...
and remember...we're closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but join us during the holiday break for more family fun.

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Mayborn christmas

Get in the holiday spirit by celebrating A Very Merry Mayborn Christmas on Saturday, December 1 from 10 am - 4 pm, featuring a day of fun activities with Santa and friends! Enjoy punch and cookies while creating special ornaments to take home. There will be several age-appropriate craft stations so children of all ages can join in the fun. Also, be sure to catch one of the special Christmas story presentations at 11 am and 2 pm in the SBC Theater.

Santa will be flying in for a special appearance from 12 – 4 pm. Don't miss this chance to tell him exactly what you want for Christmas! A photographer from Pics and Gifts will offer professional photos of your child or family with Santa. (4x6 $3; 5x7 $5)

Tour the Mayborn while it's dressed for the holidays and enjoy a very merry Mayborn Christmas!

Call 254-710-1110 for more information.


snow in the Mayborn

Texas weather is always changing, but you can count on lots of snow on Saturday, December 29. From 10 am to 4 pm, come join our celebration of all things snowy at the Mayborn!

If you like penguins that can sing and dance, take in a showing of the Academy Award-winning animated feature Happy Feet. There will be a screening at 11 am and at 2 pm in the SBC Theater. Remember to bundle up, the forecast calls for snow!  Click here for more information. 

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NEW! Annual Study Abroad Photography Exhibit features captivating photos from Baylor's International Student and Scholar Services Study Abroad Program. On display in the 2nd floor cafe until January 3, this fascinating exhibit is comprised of photos taken by Baylor students to capture their study abroad experiences. The contest categories include Art & Architecture, People, and Landscape/Cityscape. They capture the beauty of a wide array of interesting locations. 


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Bones: An Exhibit Inside You creates an awareness of our bones 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.  Created by the legendary Children's Museum of Indianapolis, Bones will be on display through February 17, 2008 in the Anding Traveling Exhibit Gallery.  Click here to learn more.  


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NEW!  Skeletons in the Closet: Selections from the Strecker Collection

We’ve dusted off some of our favorite skeletons from the Strecker Collection to complement our traveling exhibit Bones: An Exhibit Inside You.  Survey unusual skeletons from the collection, including a juvenile elephant skeleton and walrus skull, while learning about animal bones and teeth in this fascinating new exhibition.  Skeletons in the Closet will be on display in the exhibit area next to the SBC Theater through March 3.


extended by popular demand!
Wings Across America presents: Fly Girls of WWII

Fly Girls of WWII honors a brave group of young women who flew military aircraft during World War II.  They were known as the WASP (Women Air Force Service Pilots) and they 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 April 1. Click here to learn more.


family programming


Join Rick Strot, Allen Reeves Ware and the Mayborn Puppeteers as they present "Santa’s Magical Christmas” in the SBC Theater.  Santa and his elf encounter some magic spells that could spell trouble for the delivery of gifts.  But, with the assistance of friends and children, Santa receives the help he needs to do his job!  Catch performances at the following dates and times:

December 2 at 2:30 pm
December 6 at 6:30 pm
December 8 at 10:30 am and 2:30 pm


The Mayborn Museum Complex is all dressed up for the holidays!  A 20-foot tall Christmas tree with all the trimmings graces the Sue Mayborn Grand Rotunda, and Christmas trees complete with bears and birds decorate the Texas Lifeways area.  Join us at the Mayborn for a festive atmosphere and terrific holiday events, and remember to bring your camera to catch that perfect Christmas card moment! 

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christmas tree in the rotunda


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Christmas shopping time is here!  The museum store is the best spot for stocking stuffers, ornaments, Baylor-themed items, and other unique gifts. Get big savings all this month on store items that make perfect gifts!

Member Discount Promotion: As a holiday gift to our treasured members, we are offering them a DOUBLE DISCOUNT (20%) in the store from December 1 - 16. Be sure to stock up on stocking stuffers, fun and educational toys and special gifts for special friends during this time.

Student Discount Promotion: Baylor students save 20% with valid ID through December 22!

Come see us at the Deck the Halls Holiday Gift Market at the Waco Convention Center December 6 – 9. Purchase great gifts for everyone on your shopping list, and buy a museum membership for yourself or someone special at our booth!

We have loads of Bones-related merchandise—bone T-shirts, necklaces and bracelets, books, educational toys, inflatable skeletons, skeleton games and so much more! Membership discount applies for all exhibit related items.

In conjunction with our exhibit Wings Across America presents: Fly Girls of WWII, the museum store has several items provided by the Wings Across America organization. Choose from fascinating books, DVDs and more. Proceeds from these items go to Wings Across America to further support this excellent exhibit. 


school groups

Teachers, call to book your classes for programming.  We have special days reserved for your class to explore our newest exhibit, Bones: An Exhibit Inside You!  Contact Lanna Palmer at 254-710-7526 to guarantee your spot. Click here to see the exciting educational programs we offer.


We've posted pictures of the Cemetery Tours and Glass Workshops. Check out our Flickr page to see them.

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And we're on Facebook now. Join our group!

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 ever-changing fun-filled discoveries and knowledge!  Contact Misty Holly at 254-710-1180 or visit our website to make this valuable purchase online.  Members at the Contributing level and above received complimentary tickets to the Boneanza party, as well as our summer exhibit party; so this year you double that benefit! What a deal! JOIN TODAY!


This month’s visitor feedback winner is Stanley Strum. Stanley came to the cemetery tour and took the time to fill out a feedback card and won a $15 gift certificate to the museum store.

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.

coming next month

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events!

Jan. 1: Museum Closed for New Year's Day

Jan. 5: Meet a Critter

Jan. 12: Rick Strot / Allen Reeves Ware Puppet Shows

Jan. 17: Mayborn Book Club: Bones: A Forensic Detective's Casebook by Douglas Ubelaker

Jan. 19: Meet a Critter

Jan. 24-26: Forensics Forum: Real Science…Real Experts