Play Dates

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Play Dates are designed so parents and little ones can explore the Museum of the Southwest in a safe, encouraging and fun learning environment. Sessions include hands-on activities that help children achieve fine and gross motor skill milestones. Seats are limited for this program and registration is required; visit

FREE for members | $5 for adults, $3 for children

Contact Samantha Voss, program and outreach manager at 432.683.2882 x 312 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for more details.

Play Dates are made possible by Midland High School Students in Philanthropy and Katherine & Michael Grella.


The Business of Art Lecture Series

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The Business of Art welcomes a wide range of guest speakers who have made art their career. Hear their stories and benefit from their experiences and knowledge. 

Free and open to the public.


Into the Great Light: A Conversation with Photographer Craig Varjabedian

Friday, November 9 | Turner Memorial Art Museum

5 PM | President's Club Book Signing - Exclusive to Presiden'ts Club Members
6 PM | Exhibition Opening Reception - Into the Great White Sands: Photographs by Craig Varjabedian
7 PM | Business of Art Lecture

Join Craig for an evening of conversation and spectacular photographs, exploring the motivations and stories behind his stunning images of White Sands National Monument, a 275-square-mile gypsum dune field in southern New Mexico.

The new exhibition Into the Great White Sands: Photographs by Craig Varjabedian at the Museum of the Southwest presents one of the world’s uniquely stunning environments, White Sands National Monument. Renowned photographer Craig Varjabedian has produced an intimate portrait of an environment that is so enticing it will make you want to drop everything and just go there.

Business of Art is made possible by
The Beal Foundation, FMH Foundation and Carl B. & Florence E. King Foundation.

Exhibition made possible by Denna & Allen McGuire.

Relativity Lecture Series


Whether you are a whiz in physics or a backyard astronomer, Relativity has something for everyone. This is a science-based lecture series with a broad range of topics and speakers.

FREE for everyone courtesy of The Beal Foundation, FMH Foundation and Carl B. & Florence E. King Foundation.


Family Free-For-Alls

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There's a lot to explore during Family Free-For-Alls! Enjoy family-friendly activities, dome shows and more. 


Family Fridays

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Enjoy fun, educational activities this summer based on themes that foster creativity and a love of learning among all ages. Celebrate the different ways artists create art and the materials they use.

Free for members | Included with admission

Select Fridays 10 am - 2 pm

Family Fridays are made possible by the Hendrix Wood Family Foundation.


MSW After Hours

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Kick off your weekend with an after-hours social gathering complete with art, wine and beer provided by Bean & Grape. Enjoy access to our exhibitions and a special presentation exploring behind-the-scenes details about works of art from the Museum’s permanent collection.

Turner Memorial Art Museum
FREE for eveyone


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Where To Find Us

Museum of the Southwest
1705 W. Missouri Ave.
Midland, TX 79701