Facilities

Juliette and Fred Turner, Jr. Memorial Art Museum

The Turner Memorial Art Museum at the Museum of the Southwest inspires visitors to discover art and history in a unique setting, set in the historic Turner Mansion and its 1987 addition, the Lissa Noel Wagner Wing. Any time of the year visitors can view up to five different exhibitions spread across 11 galleries. Permanent galleries in the historic Turner Mansion offer highlights from our collection of more than 1,700 works of art and a history of Midland. The Turner Mansion was recognized in 1988 as a registered historic place and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 

See what exhibitions are NOW ON VIEW.

Marian West and William Blanton Blakemore Planetarium

Outer space is one of the most fascinating topics for learners of all ages. Get ready to explore your universe in the Marian West and William Blanton Blakemore Planetarium, which offers star talks and dome shows on a 360 degree state-of-the-art Digistar 5 system with 3D capabilities in the Helen Greathouse Educational Discovery Dome. A variety of programs are held in the Frances & Jack Brown Science Center throughout the year for guests to spark their interests.


Expect to see live interviews with astronauts from the space station, rocket launches from around the world and learn the latest news from NASA and other space agencies when you arrive.

 

Available Dome Shows (click to view trailers):

Shuttle Launch

David Bowie : Space Oddity

Endeavor Launch

Losing the Dark

NASA : Journey to Mars

NASA : Future

Solar Quest

NASA : ISS

Flight Adventures

Two Small Pieces of Glass

Star of Bethlehem

New Horizons

Astronaut 2D

Zula Patrol : Under the Weather

Oasis in Space

Super Volcanoes

Robot Explorers 2D/3D

Secret Lives of Stars

Bella Gaia : Beautiful Earth

IBEX

Walk In

In My Backyard

Seven Wonders

From Earth to the Universe

Kaluoka'hina : Enchanted Reef

Tales of the Maya Skies

Secret of the Cardboard Rocket

Dawn Of the Space Age 2D/3D

Mysteries of the Unseen World

Beyond the Sun

Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity

Fredda Turner Durham Children’s Museum

The Children’s Museum programming and activities have moved next door to our Turner Memorial Art Museum and Blakemore Planetarium.

We've closed the Children's Museum building for the time being, as we plan for the future of that space. The building will be renovated and reopen, and we will provide updates when we have a timeline to share.

Meanwhile, our children's art education programming will remain, and in fact, expand in 2019. We'll continue to use the Turner Memorial Art Museum for family-friendly activities, and transfer toddler-friendly activities previously held in the Durham Children's Museum.

Stay tuned for a new, expanded schedule of children's programming beginning in January 2019, for news on the upcoming Cimarex Energy Science on a Sphere installation and for updates on the Durham Children's Museum.

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Sculpture Garden

The Museum of the Southwest is home to more than a dozen beloved sculptures and a picnic perfect park that is available to our community year-round. Begin your art adventure today with a variety of textures, stories and sights by Catherine Lee, Jesus Moroles, Doug Hyde, and Allan Houser, to name a few. Learn more about our sculptures HERE.

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Museum of the Southwest
1705 W. Missouri Ave.
Midland, TX 79701
432.683.2882