Hometown Highlight – Museum of the Southwest

American philosopher Maxine Green once said, “The arts, it has been said, cannot change the world, but they may change human beings who might change the world.” This statement could not ring any truer for the Museum of the Southwest, located in Midland, Texas.

Since opening its doors in 1966, the Museum of the Southwest has offered the Permian Basin an experience that transforms and inspires its visitors. Offering programs and exhibits featuring science, art, astronomy, archaeology and history, the Museum of the Southwest has played an important role in not only education but serving as a cultural asset in the community as well.

The museum’s current campus consists of five acres and four separate buildings including the Juliette and Fred Turner, Jr. Memorial Art Museum, Marian West and William Blanton Blakemore Planetarium, Fredda Turner Durham Children’s Museum and the Sculpture Garden.

In addition, the museum offers events for the entire community throughout the year such as their famous Summer Sunday Lawn Concerts, SeptemberFest and Christmas at the Mansion.

This year, FirstCapital Bank of Texas is proud to sponsor the museum’s 6th Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Run on Saturday, Dec. 8. Individual registration for the 5k is $35 or $20 for the 1-Mile ReinDeer Dash. Participants are encouraged to embrace the Christmas spirit with their “ugliest holiday apparel” as they race through downtown Midland and will receive a free long-sleeve Ugly Christmas Sweater T-shirt, if registered by Nov. 26. The first 250 runner to cross the finish line will also receive a race medal.

For more information about current museum programs and events or to learn more about this year’s Ugly Christmas Sweater Run, please visit their website or call 432.683.2882.

The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 2 – 5 p.m.