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October 2008 Museletter

Celebrate the opening of our new Discovery room!

Aunt Blanche's Tea Room

Now's there's room for more fun at the Mayborn! The museum will open our new Discovery room, Aunt Blanche's Tea Room, on Saturday, March 7th. Join us at 2:00 on Saturday for the official grand opening of the tea room and for tea parties throughout the following week as we celebrate Spring Break with tea time and fun!

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Discover the wonderful Blanche Largent Collection of children's glass and step in for an imaginary cup of tea in our festive fun-for-all ages tea room!


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March 1: Free day at the mayborn!

Sunday, March 1, the Mayborn will be open to the public FREE OF CHARGE, thanks to generous support from Shipley Do-Nuts! Bring the whole gang for an afternoon of family fun.  There will be cartoons showing in the theater and the whole museum to explore. The museum will be open from 1:00 – 5:00.  Please thank our community partners for making Free Sundays possible.

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Spring Break is Time for Tea!

Join us at the Mayborn Museum as we celebrate the opening of our new Discovery room, Aunt Blanche's Tea Room. We've got a lot to celebrate, so join in for tea parties, Alice In Wonderland, balloon animals and more throughout the week! Click here for the schedule of events.


Mystery object game!

mystery picture

Just click on the picture to enter your guess. If that doesn't work, email your answer to

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Each month we will post a mystery picture from the museum. All you need to do is click on it to tell us what it is. We will draw a winner from all the correct answers. The winner will receive a $10 gift certificate to our museum store and a Family Pass. Use it for your next visit or share it with someone who's never been.

Congratulations to Melinda Bell, the winner in our first "What Is It." She correctly identified the picture as part of the water table in the Water and Bubbles room.

We will announce this month's winner in our next Museletter...Good Luck!


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With spring right around the corner, come by and see how the Museum Store can brighten up your outside!

  • New wind chimes and birdhouses are now in stock; you’ll love the whimsical and nature-related themes.
  • We’ve also got “portly” bears, rabbits and frogs with a secret compartment to hide your keys!
  • We are getting in new books every day. You can read about everything from “Miss Ladybird’s Wildflowers” to “Armadillo Ray”. Come meet “Tiny the Dinosaur” and learn all about the “Mammoth Academy”.
  • Rocks and minerals and crystals—oh my! The Museum Store is loaded with every kind of rock or fossil you could want. Be sure to look at our one-of-a-kind specimens under glass!
  • You also might want to check out our puppet selection. We’ll have a big, new shipment of Folkmanis puppets just in time for our next puppet show here at the museum.

Remember, the Museum Store is an extension of your visit to the museum and Mayborn Museum members always receive a 10% discount in the Museum Store.

rock rings
Our rocks and minerals even come in rings!


school & summer groups

Teachers, it’s not too late to sign your classes up for programs at the Mayborn this spring. Contact Lanna Palmer at 254-710-7526 to make your reservations.

birthday parties

Celebrate your child’s birthday with a party at the Mayborn Museum Complex! Please call 254-710-1194 to book your party today!

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.


Get Involved...VOLUNTEER

Spring has sprung and the museum is busy with all sorts of upcoming events.  If you want to be a part of all the fun, contact Becky Hansen or visit the volunteer section of our website to learn more about ways you can help.  


Interested in bringing a group to the museum? Click here to see the various ways your group can visit.


Join our Facebook Group to connect with other Museum members and get invitations to special events.

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 let us know and we'll send you a copy.

Coming Next Month

Apr. 5: Free Sunday sponsored by ExtraCo Banks

April 18: Japanese Spring Festival

April 25: National Day of Puppetry