Hometown Highlight: Museum of the Southwest

About the Museum of the Southwest

The Museum of the Southwest combines history, science, and culture to serve as a resource for cultural enrichment to those within the Midland community. The museum was established Sept. 25, 1965, after the Junior League of Midland voted to establish an art and science museum and supported the museum over five years. The museum opened its doors in 1966 and is governed by a Board of Trustees and the museum obtains a full and part-time staff. 

“The Museum of the Southwest will immerse its visitors in experiences that will transform their universe and reveal new possibilities. We inspire exploration and interaction with the arts, science, history and culture,” said Samantha Voss, Events and Engagement Manager at the Museum of the Southwest.

In collaboration with the Juliette and Fred Turner, Jr. Memorial Art Gallery, Fredda Turner Durham Children’s Museum, and Marian West and William Blanton Blakemore Planetarium, and on the park-like grounds, the museum showcases a variety of galleries and activities for people of all ages.

Programs and Exhibitons

The Museum of the Southwest offers a variety of educational programs throughout the year such as Dome Shows and play dates for children under five. They also offer customizable educational tours and conduct annual tours serving MISD fourth graders and other region 18 districts. Visitors can see new and exciting exhibitions through the Turner Art Museum or explore the galaxy through the Blakemore Planetarium or visit their sculpture garden to view pieces from Glenna Goodacre and many other artists.

“Using tools of education and entertainment, we foster appreciation of art and science and nurture the spirit of creativity, sensitivity and discovery. We are passionate about engaging with members of our community and are always happy to discuss new ideas! Always feel free to call or email us or stop by and we love to get to know you,” said Voss.

The Museum of the Southwest plans to improve their communication while enhancing their visitor experience and increasing their membership through the Permian Basin.

“We are actively working to increase our daily attendance by offering a diverse range of exhibitions and programming that will appeal to a broad range of socio-economic backgrounds,” said Voss.

Additionally, the museum will be hosting its annual largest fundraiser, Septemberfest! Enjoy art, art demonstrations and a live mural painting and performances by the Austin Bike Zoo. For tickets, please click here.

How You Can Support the Museum

To support the Museum of the Southwest you can volunteer to help with programming and events. They encourage you to bring friends and family members when visiting. The museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and is proud to be a Blue Star Museum. For more information about the Museum of the Southwest, please visit their website here or visit their Facebook page here

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