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forensics forum

forensic forum: real science...real experts

Caught up in forensics? Take your fascination to a new level with this engaging lecture series. The Mayborn Museum Complex, in conjunction with the Department of Anthropology, Forensic Science, and Archaeology of Baylor University, presents "Forensic Forum: Real Science...Real Experts."

From January 24 – 26, join renowned forensic scientists as they discuss their experiences and unveil mysteries hidden within bones.

All lectures will take place in the SBC Theater. Individual lectures are $10 for non-members and $8 for members and students. Combined lecture tickets (includes all 4 lectures) are $35 for non-members and $30 for members and students.

For more information and to reserve your spot, please contact Frankie Pack at 254-710-1202. Space is limited, so call early to purchase your tickets.

Click here for the forum schedule.


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Our featured book for January is Bones: A Forensic Detective’s Casebook, by Douglas Ubelaker. A noted forensic anthropologist and curator of anthropology at the Smithsonian Institute, Ubelaker has aided FBI and police investigations for many years. His book explores methods used in the field for solving mysteries that lack clues aside from a few bones. Ubelaker’s description of real cases explains how experts can determine facts about the victim and the circumstances surrounding their death.  Join our discussion Thursday, January 17 at 6:30 pm.  Click here to learn more.

Be sure to catch Dr. Ubelaker’s lecture at our upcoming “Forensics Forum: Real Science...Real Experts” on January 26, 2008.

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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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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.



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

“the great race” PUPPET SHOWs

Join Rick Strot, Allen Reeves Ware and the Mayborn Puppeteers as they present “The Great Race” in the SBC Theater.  This production is a twist on the classic Aesop fable of the Tortoise and the Hare using hand and shadow puppets.  Catch performances on January 12 at 10:30 am and 2:30 pm.

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Shop the post-holiday sale at the museum store!  Prices on many of our unique items will be reduced. 

Also, get your copy of the January book club feature Bones: A Forensic Detective’s Casebook, by Douglas Ubelaker.   

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We've posted pictures of Merry Mayborn Christmas and Snow Day at the Mayborn. Check out our Flickr page to see them. Please feel free to add your own pictures to Flickr and to our group!
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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.


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 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!


The winner for December is Yurixhi Ledezma who is a member and really enjoys the Discovery Rooms, Bones exhibit and store. Yuirxhi’s feedback card was drawn from all of the visitor feedback cards we received during the month of December.

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!


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!

Feb. 2: Meet a Critter

Feb. 16: Meet a Critter

Feb. 16: The Great Race Puppet Shows

Feb. 21: Mayborn Book Club

Feb. 23: Story Time with Miss Lori