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August 2008 Museletter

going to Texas map exhibit

Going to Texas: Five Centuries of Texas Maps Exhibit

Don’t miss your chance to watch Texas history unfold in this fascinating exhibit of historic Texas maps. This exhibit ends on Aug. 14 and is located in the exhibit hallway next to the SBC Theatre. It features maps from 1548 to present day and covers a wide span of Texas and U.S. history, including 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 runs through Sept. 7, 2008. Click here for more information.


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National geographic maps: tools for adventure

Hurry into the Mayborn and catch our 2008 summer traveling exhibit, National Geographic MAPS: Tools for Adventure, which is on display through Sept. 7, 2008. This international traveling exhibit from The Children's Museum of Indianapolis and the National Geographic Society, is on display in the museum’s Thomas E. and Emilyne Weed Anding Traveling Exhibit Gallery. 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.

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worldwide wednesdays

Explore South America on Aug. 6!

It’s not too late to catch the summer fun during our final Worldwide Wednesday. We continue our journey through all seven continents by exploring South America on Aug. 6. Join us for a full day of events and activities highlighting the exciting cultures of this region! Catch a showing of “The Emperor’s New Groove,” set in the South American country of Peru; discover the continent through artifacts; learn about a South American native, Ernie the Iguana; and enjoy performances of the traditional tango and rumba dances, followed by lessons so you can do them yourself!

Click here for more information.

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Emperor's New Groove - Aug. 6


Critterman, one of the performers at the Worldwide Extravaganza


We’re culminating our summer exploration of the world with a day-long Worldwide Extravaganza on Saturday, Aug. 30. Don’t miss this exciting day full of culture; and you won’t even have to set foot from Waco! Details coming soon!


Come view our life-size mammoth mural painted by local artist Lee Jamison. The 15-foot by 26-foot mural, which took Jamison nearly one month to complete, opened for display at the end of July. The mural features what experts believe the Columbian Mammoths looked like 60,000 years ago and is located just down the hall from our famed Mammoth Display. The detailed mural features a 14-foot-tall male mammoth painted to scale overlooking Waco’s Lover’s Leap cliff.

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finished mammoth

Summer camp

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.

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Don't miss out on our great selection of items to complement our summer exhibit National Geographic MAPS: Tools for Adventure, including officially licensed Indiana Jones hats! We also have explorer biographies, books on map-making, atlases, activity books, passport covers, luggage tags and more!

Exclusively at the museum store…Get your copy of the new book “Mammoths in Waco” ($14.95) that includes a DVD. Bring your copy back on September 4, “A Mammoth Day at the Mayborn” when the author will be in the store for a signing! More details coming soon.

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

Teachers don’t forget to sign up your school groups for tours of the Mayborn. Reservations for the 2008-2009 school year can be made by calling Lanna Palmer at 254-710-7526 to make your reservations.

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 Cathey Trankovich at 254-710-1069.

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!

Sept. 4: A Mammoth Day at the Museum

Sept. 7: Last Day for National Geographic Maps: Tools for Adventure Exhibit

Sept. 13: Meet a Critter

Sept. 27: National Museum Day

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.