Mayborn Museum Waco
Where are we going today?
Who is ready to have some fun whilst learning!? The Mayborn Museum, within the Baylor University complex, is where kids can explore, learn, enjoy, and get hands-on with some of the great exhibits that they have within their walls.
There are a number of permanent exhibits at the Mayborn Museum, and one of the most popular is the Waco at the Crossroads of Texas natural history exhibits.
Here, kids can see the transitions of evolution, with a 28 foot long model of a Pliosaur, once living in the Cretaceous Sea, to the Texas Lifeways, where you can get up close to a number of dwellings that were used throughout the years. You can explore a Waco Indian grass hut, a Comanche tipi, and even a Norwegian rock house. Don't miss the early log cabin either!
Another exhibit at the Mayborn Museum is the Strecker's Cabinets of Curiosities. This is the first exhibit in the natural history section, and many of the artifacts from the Strecker Museum's collections are on display. You can see a humpback whale skull, and even a tree cross section! (Try and guess how old it is!)
Make sure you look around the room too, because it's decorated after the style of an early natural history museum, which is very cool.
There is a historic village, as well as 17 themed Discovery Rooms where kids can enjoy hands-on, interactive activities that are great for learning too!
The museum also have a range of changing exhibitions, so there's something new whenever you go!
With birthday parties too, it's a great place for kids to really learn something unique and fascinating.
How much does it cost?
- Adults$6 ($10 with traveling exhibit)
- Children$4 - $5 (Ages 18 mnth to 12 years)
- Free Under: 18 months
When can we go?
10am - 5pm Mon - Sat / 1pm - 5pm Sun
Closed New Years Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve/Day
The Mayborn Museum is the perfect place for your school's field trip! The Mayborn Museum Complex offers 1-2 hour(s) of programming, depending on the grade level and topic you choose for your group. All of their programs offer students the opportunity to touch, explore, and investigate exhibits all linked to cultural history and natural science..
It's a good idea to grab something to eat before your visit, so kids can focus on learning and not those rumbling tummies!.
Any Top Tips?
Why not have a birthday party at the museum? It's a fun way to celebrate, and your package includes 2 hours of party room, admission, and a great time!.
Doing our bit
They have preserved the history in a wonderful way, and displayed it with the aim to educate all on the cultures and stories, to ensure they are preserved for years to come.
Need a little extra help?
If you have special needs, just speak to staff about the accessibility, or assistance you require.
Can I get one of those?
The museum store is a great place to end your day at the museum! There are book, games, toys, novelty items, and even gems and minerals!.
Keep an eye out for events across the year, as often they are geared towards kids!.
What people are saying?
by Todd Camplin
We were members for the three years we lived in Waco and our kids loved their exhibits. Perfect for a day that is too hot or cold to be outside. This is a great children's museum.
by maria librado
it was so fun
by Daniel Needles
One of the Best Children museums... one trick is the place is HUGE and half the second floor is empty seating. We wandered around and though not much was there... it took a second visit to find the large swath of stuff on the second floor. So keep looking...
by M Nicole
Love love going, very friendly staff
by A Google User
I went here for a field trip and i loved it. It was so much fun. We got to interact with all the things. I really wanna go again. I keep begging my dad to take me because its really fun!!