Mayborn Museum, Baylor University, Waco, Texas

Jun 15

Mayborn Museum, Baylor University, Waco, Texas

We wanted something to do one weekend and I got a notification that the Mayborn Museum was having free admission Sunday, so we headed down toward Baylor University to visit.

We started in the pioneer town behind the museum. This was a beautiful area with a great view of the river and the Baylor Stadium. We started there because they close earlier than the rest of the museum. But we still got to see most of the buildings in that section. The pioneer town is outdoors and is a good place to go with your kids. They can run around the yard and through the homes. Children especially loved to ring the church bell and writing on the blackboard in the schoolhouse.

pioneer town

 

Pioneer laundry room

Pioneer laundry room

Farm worker's house

Farm worker’s house

landowner house

land owner’s house

Simple country church

Simple country church

items at general store

Items for sale in general store

After exploring the pioneer town we headed back inside where we walked through scenes of Texas history. There were version of log cabins and tee-pees that had been built by the native american tribes who lived in the area. We visited the ecosystem displays that explained how Texas is so diverse. Part of the state is desert, part is coastal, and part of it is forested. We also found out the city of Waco is located on a fault line. There hasn’t been an earthquake here in hundreds of years, but Interstate 35 follows the fault line through the city because it was the most stable land. The city is at a point between two rivers and that’s why the land floods so often.

Our favorite room in the museum was the curiosity room. The displays here are similar to how museums got their start. People would display their curiosities, or curios, in a glass fronted cabinet (curio cabinet) and eventually some collectors started to charge others to see their items. Museums started as an amusement and later turned to education.

Was a Nessie-like creature found near Waco?

Was a Nessie-like creature found near Waco?

An Ancient Marine Reptile found

An Ancient Marine Reptile found

Sea turtle skeleton

Sea turtle skeleton

Elephant skull in curiosity room

Elephant skull in curiosity room

Half of the Mayborn is geared to education and displays and the pioneer town in the back. The other side is full of hands-on displays for children. There’s an aquarium room, a train set, a bison they can touch, and a weather room where they can pretend to be on TV. If you have young children who find it difficult to be still and quiet at a museum, this is a wonderful place. There’s plenty of educational things to learn and see and experience, but there’s also a fun side where they can run and play.

Visiting Details:

The Mayborn Museum is located on the Baylor University Campus in Waco, Texas, on University Parks Drive. General admission is $6 with discounts for children and seniors. Admission to traveling exhibits is extra. The first Sunday of the month is a free admission day. The pioneer town closes before the rest of the museum, so you may want to see it first. Parking is free near the museum. The museum is wheelchair accessible with ramps and elevators.

Have you been to the Mayborn Museum? Leave a comment and let us know.

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