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July 2008 Museletter

going to Texas map exhibit

The Mayborn Museum presents a new exhibit, “Going to Texas: Five Centuries of Texas Maps,” on display in the exhibit hallway next to the SBC Theater, July 3 through August 14, 2008.

Watch Texas history unfold in this fascinating exhibit of historic Texas maps. The maps range from 1548 to 2006 and cover a wide span of Texas and U.S. history, from the Louisiana Purchase to modern railroads and interstates. “Going to Texas” is on display in conjunction with the Mayborn Museum’s summer traveling exhibition, National Geographic MAPS: Tools for Adventure, which will run through September 7, 2008.


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National geographic maps: tools for adventure

We’ve launched 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. The exhibit is on display in the Thomas E. and Emilyne Weed Anding Traveling Exhibit Gallery at the museum through September 7, 2008.  Dynamic elements within the exhibit, grouped by land, sea, air and space, invite families to become explorers, chart new territory and plan their own adventures. Click here for more information.

special event

red white and blue day at the museum

Show your pride at the Mayborn this 4th of July!  Wear red, white and blue this Friday and receive free admission to the National Geographic MAPS: Tools for Adventure exhibit with purchase of regular admission.


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.

  • Discover Antarctica on July 9!
  • Journey to Australia & Oceania on July 23!
  • Visit Europe on July 30!

Click here for more information.

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March of the Penguins - July 9th

Homegrown Explorer

Join Waco mountain climber and outdoor adventurer Stuart Smith as he shares stories and photos from his exciting journey to Antarctica! In conjunction with Worldwide Wednesday: Antarctica, hear tales of Stuart’s amazing experiences on Saturday, July 12 at 2 pm in the SBC Theater.

Stuart Smith
Stuart has climbed the highest mountain on every continent, including Antarctica, and he has skied to the North and South Poles. This combination of achievements is known as the Adventure Grand Slam, which Stuart is the seventh person in the world and the first American to complete.

Lee Jamison painting mural

You've Asked For It!

One of the most popular exhibit questions here at the museum is "how tall were mammoths really?" In order to show our visitors, we've commissioned muralist Lee Jamison to create a "mammoth mural" in the hall of extinction. The mural is due to be finished by the end of the month, so stop by and check out his progress!

Lee is responsible for other murals around the museum, like the trompe-l'oeil (trick the eye) in the Emergence of Man exhibit. He enjoys working while the museum is open so that visitors can watch the work progress and ask questions.

Summer camp

Registration for Mayborn Summer Camp began on March 31, but we still have openings for the Exploration Collaboration Camp on August 11-15. Contact Lanna Palmer at 254-710-7526 to enroll. Click here for more information.

museum store link

We still have a great selection of items to complement our summer exhibit National Geographic MAPS: Tools for Adventure, including officially licensed Indiana Jones hats!

Exclusively at the museum store…Get your copy of the new book “Mammoths in Waco” ($14.95) that includes a DVD. The book makes a great gift or addition to your library for when the site becomes a national park!

Remember to shop our Museum Store for all your gifting needs. We’ve been voted the Best Museum Store in Waco! Come by and see why! As always, museum members receive a 10% discount.

Mammoth book


school & summer groups

School groups may make reservations for the 2008-2009 school year starting July 14.

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!

Aug. 6: Worldwide Wednesday: South America

Aug. 11-15: Exploration Collaboration Camps

Aug. 14: Last day of Going to Texas: Five Centuries of Texas Maps

Aug. 30: Around the World at the Mayborn

Photos Online

Do you enjoy taking pictures during your visits to the museum? If so, and you'd like to share them, add them to the Mayborn's Flickr group. If you have a Flickr account, join our group and send your Mayborn-related photos our way.

Everyone is welcome to view our photos on Flickr. If you see one you especially like of you or your family, drop us an email and we'll send you a copy.