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June 2008 Museletter

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now open! National geographic maps: tools for adventure

The Mayborn Museum Complex is pleased to announce our 2008 summer traveling exhibit. National Geographic MAPS: Tools for Adventure, a new international traveling exhibit from The Children's Museum of Indianapolis and the National Geographic Society, will be on display in the Thomas E. and Emilyne Weed Anding Traveling Exhibit Gallery at the museum from June 1 through September 7, 2008. Dynamic elements within the exhibit, grouped by land, sea, air and space exploration, will invite families to become explorers, chart new territory and plan their own adventures. Click here for more information.

special event

worldwide wednesdays

Join us for a summer of exploration! We're bringing the world to Waco in conjunction with our summer exhibit National Geographic MAPS: Tools for Adventure. Explore all seven continents without leaving town! "Worldwide Wednesdays" are full days of events and activities related to a continent or region of the world. Experience music, stories, and traditions from around the globe during these exciting days throughout the summer.

This month, we'll travel to Africa on June 18 and visit Asia on June 25!

Click here for more information.
June 18: Africa

pretend visa for africa
June 25: Asia

pretend stamp for asia


Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Ambassadors of Laughter: Science of the Circus

June 11 at 1pm and 3pm

Join Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey clowns Dave and Cherie Gregg on Wednesday, June 11! Ambassadors of Laughter clowns Dave and Cherie will make learning fun with their performance the "Science of the Circus," featuring balancing, plate spinning, acrobatic pyramids, and juggling and more. This 35-45 minute program shows the children how real science is used in the Greatest Show on Earth. The interactive show will make appearances at 1 pm and 3 pm in the SBC Theater.

Dave and Cherie from Ringling Brothers

Reservations are recommended, so please call or email Whatthetextsays at 254-710-1187 with your preferred performance time.

The Gingerbread man puppet show

June 21 at 11am and 2pm

Join Allen Reeves Ware as he presents "The Gingerbread Man" in the SBC Theater on Saturday, June 21. There will be two opportunities to catch this entertaining presentation. The first begins at 11am and the second begins at 2pm. Filled with comedy and surprises to delight all ages, the show concludes with a twist on the classic tale.

Summer camp

Registration for Mayborn Summer Camp began on March 31, but we still have openings for the Exploration Collaboration Camp in July and August. Contact Lanna Palmer at 254-710-7526 to enroll. Click here for more information.

ferret in vertebrate room

Samson the ferret

The Mayborn Museum is proud to introduce its newest member of the animal collection, Samson the ferret. (We call him Sam for short.)

Sam came to the museum last fall and resides in the Vertebrate Room.

About Ferrets: Ferrets are members of the weasel family Mustelidae, which also includes other Central Texas natives such as skunks, minks, weasels, and Black-footed ferrets as well as non-natives like the wolverine. In an effort to bring in more native species to the collection, Sam is our representative for the Black Footed Ferret which is a historically native species to Central Texas.

The name "ferret" is derived from the Latin furittus, meaning "little thief", a likely reference to the common ferret penchant for secreting away small items. They enjoy a close partnership with man and have been domesticated for an estimated 2,500 years. Sam's favorite activities include sleeping, eating his tasty vitamins and going on walks in the museum and saying hello to his adoring fans. Sam spends his days in his deluxe ferret condo in the Vertebrate Room in the Discovery side of the museum.


We've said goodbye to the train... order to install our new and improved train exhibit! After a week of construction, the train exhibit is up and running. Come check out this wonderful new exhibit, donated by Lyndon and Kay Olson in honor of Lyndon's mother, Frances Olson. Complete with 3 levels, tunnels, fantastic landscaping, and well-known Waco landmarks, the new train is sure to be a museum favorite!

looking at the new train
David and Evan Smith enjoy the new train

museum store link

Continue your adventure with a trip to the Mayborn Museum Store! Discover Indiana Jones hats and books. Explore the store for other great books about maps, exploring, mazes, geography and activities. Uncover biographies of famous explorers. Stock up on compasses and globe key chains for your next expedition. On your voyage through the store, you will also find fabulous gifts and mementos of your journey!

The Mayborn Museum Store has been voted the Best Museum Store in Waco!  Come by to see why! As always, museum members receive a 10% discount.


school & summer groups

Call to book your day care or church group for a fun tour this summer. Contact Lanna Palmer at 254-710-7526 to make your reservations.


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. 


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!

July 2: Worldwide Wednesday: North America

July 3: Going to Texas: Five Centuries of Texas Maps Exhibit Opens

July 9: Worldwide Wednesday: Antarctica

July 14-18: Exploration Collaboration Camps

July 23: Worldwide Wednesday: Australia/Oceania

July 30: Worldwide Wednesday: Europe