Mayborn Museum Complex launches ‘Reach Out’ Program for Under-served

Mayborn Museum Complex
Aug. 26, 2017

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WACO, Texas (Aug. 27, 2017) — Baylor University’s Mayborn Museum Complex is launching a program called “Mayborn Reach Out” to reach new and under-served audiences.

The program will replace “Free Sundays,” which concludes Sept. 3. The new program, effective Oct. 1, includes Community Days, Borrow a Membership and participation in Museums For All to provide visitors of all means access to museum resources.

During Community Days, visitors can explore for free the Harry and Anna Jeanes Discovery Center, natural and cultural history exhibits and the Gov. Bill & Vara Daniel Historic village. Those days are Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 15, 2018; Mayborn Museum’s Birthday on Wednesday, May 19, 2018; and Museum Day Live on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2018.

With Borrow a Membership, the Mayborn will partner with Waco/McLennan County and Hewitt Public Libraries to allow patrons to borrow museum memberships for no cost. Interested families and individuals may visit their nearest branch to check out a membership for free admission to the museum.

Through Museums for All, visitors who receive public assistance will be provided discounted museum admission. Museums for All is an initiative of the Association of Children’s Museums (ACM) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Locally, low-income families may visit the Mayborn Museum Complex for a minimal fee of $1 each for two adults and each child in with the presentation of an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card. EBT card holders are also eligible for a discounted membership of $10.

“Over the past year, we have worked to determine if we are trying hard enough to reach those that need us most. Museums like ours are often the spark that encourages lifelong learning, and we believe that everyone has a right to access this informal extension to traditional classroom education,” said Charles Walter, museum director.


The Mayborn Museum Complex at Baylor University provides a wide spectrum of learning opportunities to engage visitors of all ages. The exhibits and education programs encourage families to learn together and design their own museum experience. This complex features a natural science and cultural history museum focusing on Central Texas with walk-in dioramas including one on the Waco Mammoth Site. The Mayborn Museum Complex also encompasses a multi-floor science discovery center encouraging hands-on learning for all ages and the Gov. Bill & Vara Daniel Historic Village. The nine wood frame buildings that comprise the village, provide a glimpse into the past, bringing to life a community in the 1890s.

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