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GET READY FOR A DAY that's out of this world with family-friendly activities and more! End the stellar day with the Relativity Lecture Series, featuring Adam Steltzner on How Curiosity Saved My Life.

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 Saturday, April 29 | 10 am to 3 pm

We’re celebrating all things space with family-friendly indoor and outdoor activities. Help make a community star mural, meet a real-life NASA scientist and more!

10 am to 3 pm | Family-friendly activities focusing on space and science themes
3 pm | Q & A with Adam Steltzner
4 pm | Meet and greet and book signing;books will be available for purchase
5:30 pm | Relativity Lecture Series: Adam Steltzner on How Curiosity Saved My Life


Adam Steltzner. Team Leader & Chief Engineer EDL, NASA Mars Rover Curiosity & Author. Photo courtesy of Rachel Porter. 

With a rock star's presence, a storyteller's gift and a PhD in engineering physics, award-winning rocket scientist, Adam Steltzner is simultaneously recognized as one of NASA’s most brilliant engineers and most unique individuals.

At 20, he was an aspiring rock star, on his way home from a gig, when he noticed that the constellation of Orion had shifted from where it was hours before. That was all it took to spark his curiosity and desire to know everything about the laws that govern the universe, leading him to return to school, earn a PhD, and by 35, he was an engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratories.

For 10 years, Steltzner led a team of engineers inventing, designing, testing and retesting the revolutionary “sky crane” landing system that successfully placed the Mars rover, Curiosity on the Martian surface in 2012. Five times heavier than its predecessors, Curiosity required an entirely new landing system for the perilous 7-minute phase when the one-ton rover—entering Martian atmosphere at 13,000 mph—must stop fully on the surface. Since then, he’s been awarded honors ranging from the Smithsonian’s American Ingenuity Award in technology, to GQ magazine’s Spaceman of the Year.

With a unique, exciting and inspiring narrative, Steltzner discusses the power of human curiosity, the importance of fostering a culture of collaborative innovation and proves that with the "Right Kind of Crazy," we can significantly expand boundaries and achieve the impossible. His insight and journey are captured in his book, The Right Kind of Crazy: A True Story of Teamwork, Leadership and High Stakes Innovation, released in 2016.

Relativity is made possible by the FMH Foundation with support from the Carl B. & Florence E. King Foundation and The Beal Foundation.

Play Dates

PLay date image smallPARENTS AND GUARDIANS WITH LITTLE ONES are invited to explore the Turner Memorial Art Museum in a safe and encouraging environment. Play Date sessions include hands-on activities that help children achieve fine and gross motor skill milestones.

Program is included with Museum admission or Museum membership. Seats are limited for this program and registration is required. Click HERE to register.

Contact Melissa Rowland at 432.683.2882 x 318 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.


Star Parties

WTA at septfest 15 for webJOIN THE WEST TEXAS ASTRONOMERS in Haley Park, behind the Marian Blakemore Planetarium, for an up-close view of the stars in the night sky.  Parties begin at dusk and generally occur one Friday a month, except in summer. Free and open to the public.



Indiegogo Logo 2017.jpgSciFridays have been a part of the Museum of the Southwest’s programming since 2013. We welcome guests of all ages to join us for science fiction flicks “Museum style” during the months of March through October. SciFridays offer a fun and free opportunity to get out of the house on Friday nights in the Permian Basin. Films take place in the Marian West & William Blanton Blakemore Planetarium’s Greathouse Dome. Bring your friends and don't be late - doors open at 7:30 p.m. with trivia and the featured film beginning at 8 p.m. Please note film ratings and be cautious when bringing young children. Snack bar for all ages; beer and wine available for 21+. Seats are limited--first come, first served. Reservations not accepted.


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The Business of Art Lecture Series

image BOATHE 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. Lecture is free and open to the public. 

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


Relativity Lecture Series

IMG 7697WHETHER 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.

Relativity is made possible by the FMH Foundation with support from the Carl B. & Florence E. King Foundation and The Beal Foundation. 


Family Free-For-Alls

OpenCampus2012THERE'S A LOT TO EXPLORE during Family Free-For-Alls!  Enjoy family-friendly activities, dome shows and more. Activities take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free and open to the public.


Family Fridays

Fam Friday BirdGATHER THE WHOLE FAMILY AND enjoy educational, fun activities based on themes that foster creativity and a love of learning. Sessions are designed for children ages 4 through 12 years old; though the whole family is encouraged to join in on the merriment as a variety of activities will be offered simultaneously. All Family Friday “come and go” sessions are held in the Blakemore Planetarium’s Brown Science Center, located on the Museum grounds, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and are free with Museum membership or paid admission.

Family Fridays are made possible by The Hendrix Wood Family Foundation with support from Nancy & Richard Gibson and Kathy & Michael Grella.

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