Discovery Center Mayborn Museum Complex
Happy Valentine's Day
Celebrating Dedication to the Mayborn Museum and Each Other
Volunteers make the world go ‘round at the Mayborn Museum. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, we would like to highlight our couples who volunteer together:

Ralph and Janie Bowler, Will and Marion Douglas, Dave and Dottie Fornoff, Dick and Jan Graves, Clark and Dorothy Griffin, Charlie and Nancy Moore, Bob and Joyce Packard, Bob and Lydia Smith.

Thanks Volunteers! Most couples have volunteered since the new museum opened in 2004. Ralph and Janie Bowler’s combined service reaches almost 800 hours. We truly appreciate their dedication not only to the museum but also to each other.




Artifact Spotlight
Artifact Spotlight This artifact is the key to the Waco Suspension Bridge. Built in 1870, the 475 foot bridge cost $130,000. At one time, it was the longest single-span suspension bridge in the world, and it originally collected tolls mainly from cattle herders.

The bridge triggered Waco’s economic boom and transformation from frontier outpost to city. In 1971, the bridge retired to the rank of historical monument standing as an icon and centerpiece of the Waco community. See if you can find the key in its current home in Strecker’s Cabinets of Curiosities.





On Display

    Chasing the Bone Pile: Highlights from the Baylor University Museum and the Strecker Museum Collections
    Chasing the Bone Pile The Baylor University Museum, now known as the Mayborn Museum Complex, has been in existence since 1893. This exhibit features highlights from the museum’s history, particularly when it was named the Strecker Museum from 1940 until 2002.
    Visitors will see some of the oldest and oddest specimens in the natural history collection, along with a wide variety of specimens representing fauna from Texas and the world. This exhibit will run through April. Chasing the Bone Pile





Special Events

    The Physics Circus 2011
    The Center for Astrophysics, Space Physics, and Engineering (CASPER) invites you to enjoy three special performances open to the public at the Mayborn Museum:
    • February 4, 2011 12:30 P.M.
    • February 10, 2011 5:45 P.M.
    • February 17, 2011 5:45 P.M. VIP Night (Special Invitation Only)

    Take part in hands-on demonstrations with a CASPER physicist and enjoy a theatrical performance, fun house exhibits, and jeopardy game show.

    Museum Admission includes the Physics Circus, however advanced reservations are required. Please see the Physics Circus website for RSVP details.


    Free Sunday Program
    Our Free Sunday Program continues on February 6, 2011 thanks to the support of our sponsor Haley & Olson, P.C.

    Baylor University's Mayborn Museum would like to thank
    Kohl's for sponsoring January's Free Sunday. Join us as we welcome everyone to the museum with no admission charge.


Discovery Center

    New Invertebrates

Invertebrates Come see our newest additions: an Electric Blue Hermit Crab and a Spiny Blue Lobster. They are only babies, but come early and often because they grow up very fast.
    We also have a new centipede, whose name means "hundred feet." But how many do they really have? Come and help us count them.New 




Museum Store

Museum Store Sale


Shop and Save
Save up to 40% on selected items in the Mayborn Museum Store.

Is it magic?
Seemingly defy the laws of gravity with cool science experiments.
Fun Fly Stick



School & Adult Groups
Spots are filling up fast! Call to schedule a tour or program for your student or adult group.

Contact Lanna Palmer at 254-710-7526 to make your reservations or Click here to view our brochure.

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.

Membership to the Mayborn Museum provides an entire year of learning and fun! Family memberships can be purchased for only $75.

Call Misty Thornton at 254-710-1180 or visit our website to make this valuable purchase online.

Make a Difference... Volunteer! Exciting new volunteer opportunities for youth and adults to engage, enjoy and explore.

Contact Becky Hansen at 254-710-4629 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.
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