Mayborn Museum

Special Exhibits

On display

Stan the T. rex

Stan the T.rex

A cast of the renowned Tyrannosaurus rex fossil known as Stan is now on display. The original Stan was found in the Hell Creek Formation in South Dakota in 1987 and excavated in 1992. It is one of the most complete T. rex fossils discovered. The completed specimen is twelve feet tall and almost forty feet long. This new exhibit was made possible by a generous loan from the Perot Museum in Dallas, Texas.
“The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is pleased to loan this skeletal cast of the iconic T. rex to the Mayborn Museum Complex at Baylor University,” said Dr. Linda Silver, Eugene McDermott Chief Executive Officer of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. “As organizations dedicated to the advancement of scientific knowledge, this agreement between Baylor and the Perot Museum embodies the institutional partnerships that strengthen our scholastic community. We look forward to seeing ‘Stan’ installed at the Mayborn as we continue to inspire minds through nature and science beyond the walls of the Perot Museum.”



The Fragile Bee

The Fragile Bee

Sept. 13 - Nov. 28

Baylor University’s Mayborn Museum is pleased to announce an exhibition, “The Fragile Bee,” composed of photographs and prints, by artist Nancy Macko from Sept. 13 - Nov. 28.

Nancy Macko, originally from New York, now makes her studio and home in Southern California. Her work, a combination of photography, prints, and installation art, focuses on two extensive themes: flora and bees. In the exhibition “The Fragile Bee,” Macko looks closely at the world of bees. This compelling work is not only meant to inform the public about the plight of the bees but also to raise awareness of our interdependent relationship with them.

Macko’s interest in nature is ecological and even activist. The decline of the bee population is of grave concern. Her imagery, though, also has social concerns, particularly in regard to women. She is using the natural world to find metaphors and analogies that also reference the circumstances of women. Macko’s incorporation of bee imagery into her art enables her to make observations about human society: in fact, the artist has studied ancient matriarchal societies in an effort to imagine other ways of living. By drawing our attention to the life of the hive and the social organization of the bees, Macko not only educates her audience about their importance in food production, she also presents an alternative to the way we live now.

Macko completed her undergraduate work at the University of Wisconsin, and received her MFA from the University of California, Berkeley. Since the 1980s, she has had more than thirty solo exhibitions, and has taken part in over 150 exhibitions nationally and abroad. Her work is in the holdings of UCLA Hammer, the RISD Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Portland Art Museum, and the New York Public Library, as well as in many other collections.



Founding to Future: Bright Lights of Baylor University

Now on display

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.



The World's Largest Dinosaurs

The World's Largest Dinosaurs

June 5 - September 26

The World’s Largest Dinosaurs, a major exhibition on view at Baylor University’s Mayborn Museum from June 5 to September 26, 2021, explores the amazing biology of a group of uniquely super-sized dinosaurs: the long-necked and long-tailed sauropods.