A 28 foot-long model of a Pliosaur greets visitors during their Cretaceous Sea journey.
A balloon-covered front entrance welcomed guests to the Mayborn Museum Complex dedication.
The Sue Mayborn Grand Rotunda of the Jeanes Discovery Center, the centerpiece of the Mayborn Museum Complex.
A map of the state of Texas hangs inside the Grand Rotunda.
Visitors, such as Baylor regent Stan Allcorn (center) and Mayborn steering committee member Scott Salmans (right), use the interactive AT&T Orientation Station to plan a visit according to their interests and available time.
The "Cabinets of Curiosities" in the Natural History Exhibits will house favorites from the former Strecker Museum, such as the tree-slice timeline and the humpback whale skull.
One of the Strecker Museum's favorite displays - the skeleton of a giant turtle - found a home in the Natural History Exhibits.
The permanent exhibits feature interactive exploration stations that engage visitors and nurture their understanding of what makes Waco the Crossroads of Texas.
"Waco at the Crossroads of Texas" natural science and cultural history exhibits are a "walk through time." The Texas Lifeways exhibit features an authentically reproduced Waco Indian grass hut, a Norwegian rock house, a Comanche tipi (as seen here) and an early log cabin.
A full house packed the Anding Traveling Exhibits Gallery for the formal dedication of the Mayborn Museum Complex.
Baylor President Robert B. Sloan Jr. welcomed guests to the dedication.
Sue Mayborn, chief benefactor of the Mayborn Museum Complex, with Dr. Ellie Caston, the museum's director.
(L to R) - Sue Mayborn, chief benefactor of the Mayborn Museum Complex, with Bill J. Dube, director of Baylor's endowed scholarship program.
Baylor President Robert B. Sloan Jr. with Regent Emeritus Harry Jeanes, who along with his wife, Anna, provided a significant gift for the construction of the Discovery Center that bears their names.
(L to R) - Dr. Ellie Caston, director of the Mayborn Museum Complex; Drayton McLane Jr., chair of the Baylor board of regents; Harry Jeanes, regent emeritus and museum benefactor; and Larry Smith, assistant vice president for development programs and gift planning.
(L to R) - Museum benefactor Harry Jeanes received congratulations from Buddy Bostick, a Waco television pioneer.
Dr. Ellie Caston welcomes Baylor Regent Sue Getterman and her husband, Ted, to the Mayborn Museum Complex dedication.
After two years of construction - both inside and out - Baylor University formally dedicated its much-anticipated Sue and Frank Mayborn Natural Science and Cultural History Museum Complex before hundreds of well-wishers on May 14. Video of the dedication ceremony is available on demand at BaylorTV.com.
Following a week of special previews, the complex, which includes the Harry and Anna Jeanes Discovery Center, opened to the public on May 22.
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