For fifteen years, Baylor University's Mayborn Museum Complex has fostered opportunities for life-long learning in the community. The museum annually offers a range of events and exhibits that expose guests of all ages to new worlds. We strive to inspire and possibly lead others to ground-breaking careers in natural science and cultural history.
This Giving Day, we are asking for your support as we work to make the museum even better.
The Mayborn Museum hosts traveling exhibits on a variety of topics two to three times per year. These exhibits are valuable to museum members who are frequent visitors as well as bringing community and regional attention to the Mayborn. The museum has hosted exhibits that are nationally recognized and may be the one or one of a few stops in Texas. Past exhibits include Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secrets of the Sewer, Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, Very Eric Carle, and The Wizard of Oz Educational Exhibit. The Museum is seeking endowment support to provide sustained, enduring funding to secure such noteworthy exhibits from year to year.
Founding to Future: Bright Lights of Baylor University
Older than the state of Texas, Baylor provides a vibrant campus community for more than 16,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Experience the essence of Baylor’s origins, traditions, and mission through an interactive timeline, collegial photo-ops, and iconic university artifacts. From founding to future, the exhibition will illuminate the past, present, and future bright lights of Baylor University. Continue to support this new permanent museum that showcases the University to the community and beyond.
Jeanes Discovery Center
Themed Discovery Rooms occupy two floors of one wing of the museum complex. Providing visitors with hands-on activities, these rooms are designed to invigorate young imaginations. Children and families can discover the hidden colors within light, to play a tune on the walk-on piano, and to walk beside dinosaurs in the Jurassic.
The museum has completed renovations to this wing in 2016 with the introduction of Play Waco and the new Light and Sound exhibit. An additional upgrade was accomplished in the fall of 2019 when the museum opened the Backyard Ecology Hall. The new gallery includes live animals that tell a story about local ecology and traditional museum collection objects while also providing ample creative play experiences for children and families. Visitors can compare their strength to a boa constrictor, learn about the Brazos River through an interactive water table, and experience life as a bee by climbing into a honeycomb.
The museum is seeking contributions to an endowed fund that supports continued growth and improvements for this popular wing.