Programs

Play Dates

IMG 2067 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. Reservations are required as space is limited. 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.

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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.

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Spring Break

LOOKING FOR WAYS TO ENTERTAIN the kiddos this Spring Break? Come spend it with us! Each day includes family-friendly cartoons brought to you by Basin PBS, an outdoor activity, creativity sessions and much more. Daily admission applies. Museum members receive free admission and a special Spring Break snack pack. Renew or purchase a membership and enter yourself into a drawing to win a special "family fun night" package.

SCHEDULE 

This year’s Spring Break week focuses on “our beautiful world”. Take an opportunity one day - or every day - to explore our beautiful world from many different perspectives!

Everyday:

“Our Beautiful World” Cityscape - spend some play time in our classroom building and adding to a huge community city. Different daily arts and crafts for the family.

Monday, March 13:

“Our Past” – Dig deep and explore the Earth’s history!
Schedule:
10:30 am – cartoons brought to you by Basin PBS
11:30 am – outdoor movement activity
12:30 pm – story time for tots
1 pm & 2 pm – dome show: a new show featured every day

Tuesday, March 14:

“Our Environment” – Learn about the big blue planet, our Earth!
Schedule:
10:30 am – cartoons brought to you by Basin PBS
11:30 am – outdoor movement activity
12:30 pm – story time for tots
1 pm & 2 pm – dome show: a new show featured every day

Wednesday, March 15:

“Our Inventions” – Humans have created some amazing contraptions, what will you make?
Schedule:
10:30 am – cartoons brought to you by Basin PBS
11:30 am – outdoor movement activity
12:30 pm – story time for tots
1 pm & 2 pm – dome show: a new show featured every day

Thursday, March 16:

“Our Furry Friends” – Cute and fuzzy or spiky and scary, we share our space with all kinds of other living creatures!
Schedule:
10:30 am – cartoons brought to you by Basin PBS
11:30 am – outdoor movement activity
12:30 pm – story time for tots
1 pm & 2 pm – dome show: a new show featured every day

Friday, March 17:

“Our Families” – Families come in all shapes and sizes. Tell us about yours!
Schedule:
10:30 am – cartoons brought to you by Basin PBS
11:30 am – outdoor movement activity
12:30 pm – story time for tots
1 pm & 2 pm – dome show: a new show featured every day

SciFridays

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.

SciFridays are free and open to the public, but 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.


2017 SCIFRIDAYS FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN

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The Museum of the Southwest is excited to announce the launch of our 2017 SciFridays Fundraising Campaign. This is a crowdfunding campaign and donations of any amount are welcome.  Click here to check out our SciFriday swag and to make an impact.

2017 SERIES
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2017 FILM DATES

March 24
Blade Runner (1982); R

April 7 - FAMILY NIGHT
Wall-E (2008); PG

May 19
Fantastic Voyage (1966); NR

June 23- ADULT NIGHT
Inception (2010)R

July 21
Westworld (1973); PG

August 18 - AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION NIGHT
Weird Science (1985); PG-13

September 22
**SPONSOR FILM PICK

October 20 - FRIGHT NIGHT
Frankenstein (1931); NR

FILM DESCRIPTIONS

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Blade Runner (1982); R

A blade runner must pursue and try to terminate four replicants who stole a ship in space and have returned to Earth to find their creator.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eogpIG53Cis

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Wall-E (2008); PG

In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=alIq_wG9FNk

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Fantastic Voyage (1966); NR

A scientist is nearly assassinated. In order to save him, a submarine is shrunken to microscopic size and injected into his blood stream with a small crew. Problems arise almost as soon as they enter the bloodstream.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dO5E4wkg0hA

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Inception (2010)R

A thief, who steals corporate secrets through use of dream-sharing technology, is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a CEO.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YoHD9XEInc0

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Westworld (1973); PG

A robot malfunction creates havoc and terror for unsuspecting vacationers at a futuristic, adult-themed amusement park.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmbYjVy9Xcg

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Weird Science (1985); PG-13

Two high school nerds attempt to create the perfect woman, but she turns out to be more than that.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9qd04u2Yj44

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Frankenstein (1931); NR

An obsessed scientist assembles a living being from parts of exhumed corpses.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AkSbwiKP3mo

 

The Business of Art Lecture Series

Business of ArtTHE 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.

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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. 

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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.

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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 3 p.m. and are free with paid admission or Museum membership.

Family Fridays are made possible by RBC Wealth Management and the Union Pacific Foundation

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