Discovery Center Mayborn Museum Complex
May 2012
    Governor Bill and Vara Daniel Historic Village
    Grand Reopening Day of Celebration
    May 12, 2012 10:00am - 4:00pm

    villageThe Governor Bill and Vara Daniel Historic Village was donated to Baylor University in 1985 by the Daniel Family. The structures were relocated from Liberty, Texas to Baylor's campus in 1986, where they now reside along the banks of the Brazos River as part of the Mayborn Museum Complex.village Over the past year, the historic village has undergone a major revitalization in order to fully integrate the historic village into the museum's public programming and increase the diversity of experiences offered to the museum's visitors. The newly renovated Governor Bill and Vara Daniel Historic Village will reopen on May 12, 2012.

    Begin your visit by exploring a new exhibit on the life of Governor Bill Daniel. Two large touch screen kiosks help visitors learn about the Daniel family and the fascinating story of how the historic village came to be a part of Baylor University. An interactive orientation map describes the visitor's experience once they step outdoors.

    villageThe historic village provides guests with a glimpse into the past, bringing to life a community in the 1890s. During your exploration of the village discover how folks lived, from the cook to the blacksmith to the wife of the planter. Spend time in an 1890s one-room schoolhouse and read from a McGuffey Eclectic Reader. Visit the commissary to experience what shopping was like during this period. Enjoy a moment of silent reflection in the community church. Utilize the cellphone tours and building guides to enrich your experience.

    Demonstrations and activities that reflect life in the 1890's, such as school yard games and washing clothes, will be offered on opening day.




    The Way Things WereThe Way Things Were: Texas Settlers and Their Buildings, 1860s-1930s
    April 28, 2012- June 24, 2012

    This small photography exhibit from Humanities Texas looks at early Texas buildings for information about settlers' visions of community and progress and their accommodation to the physical demands and economic realities of everyday life.



Coming Soon

    Encounters with the Maya

    Featuring the Mystery of the Mayan Medallion and Painted Metaphors June 23, 2012 - September 23, 2012

    Join the Mayborn Museum Complex this summer as we combine two exhibits that explore Maya culture.


    The Mystery of the Mayan Medallion
    An archeological team has mysteriously disappeared from a dig site in Palenque, Mexico. They had been investigating a long-standing rumor that a priceless jade medallion is buried in the temple there. However, something horrifying has scared them off. Luckily, in their haste to escape, they managed to leave behind a video with clues and a warning to all who come after. Museum visitors must uncover the mystery of the dig site and find the priceless treasure.

    Mystery of the Mayan Medallion

    Painted Metaphors
    The great Maya creation story, the Popol Vuh, sanctified the mountains, caves, and rivers of the Alta Verapaz of today's Guatemala. The University of Pennsylvania's Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology's collection of Chamá vessels shows how objects reflect cultural shifts and how people cope with change. Nineteen Chamá polychrome ceramics are accompanied by more than 100 objects illustrating Maya daily life, religious ritual, and shifts in rulership. This is a traveling exhibit of unsurpassed beauty and archaeological significance.

    Painted Metaphors


    Member Preview Party
    The Mayborn Museum will be hosting a preview party for its members to get a sneak peek of the summer exhibit, Encounters with the Maya, on June 22, 2012. Invitations will be mailed in early June. Not a member? Contact Misty Thornton at 710-1180.


    Spend your Summer with the Mayborn
    Get newly or reacquainted with the Governor Bill and Vara Daniel Historic Village. Special activities will be offered in the village every Wednesday in June of 2012 from 10:00am-12:00pm.

    Join us for Encounters with the Maya as we explore Maya culture. Special activities related to this special exhibit will be offered from 1:00pm-3:00pm on July 11, July 18, July 25, and August 1.



    Free Sunday Program
    Our Free Sunday Program continues on May 5, 2012 thanks to the support of our sponsor Raising Cane's.

    Baylor University's Mayborn Museum would like to thank
    Do It Best Corp. for sponsoring March's Free Sunday.

    Join us as we welcome everyone to the museum with no admission charge.





Museum Store

    Our museum store has everything you need for your trip into the past. Stop by the museum store to purchase your pioneer gear. Museum Store
    Log Cabin Kit
    Museum Store 
    Frontier Ears
    Museum Store
    Pop Gun




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    Facebook & Twitter The Mayborn Museum is now on Facebook and Twitter. Fans and followers of the museum can participate in fun activities like Mystery Object Monday and Trivia Thursday. Become a fan on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for the latest updates...










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 254-710-1834 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.

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