We have all been waiting anxiously to open the Fredda Turner Durham Children’s Museum. We are excited to announce the Children’s Museum opened to the public on SUNDAY, MAY 1st! 

Come out and see the reimagined, 8,000 square foot interior, staffed by education professionals and ready to serve families of the Permian Basin. The new configuration is open and flexible, providing numerous learning opportunities and shared experiences for all ages, and allowing the Museum to focus on evolving programs and educational exhibitions.  This means new and exciting things to see each time you visit!


Museum members can enjoy free admission to the Children’s Museum as well as the rest of the Museum of the Southwest campus, including the Historic Turner Mansion, the Lissa Noel Wagner Art Wing, and the Marian West and William Blanton Blakemore Planetarium.


If you are not yet a member, you can join here.

Rendering images provided by Rhotenberry Wellen Architects.


Lower Sensory Gallery: Calming environment for all ages, particularly guests with special needs.


Makerspace: Drop-in space with staff-facilitated projects.


Painting Zone: Paint on transparent walls, clean and repeat.


Toddler Zone: A space where ages 0-3 years can safely explore and play.


Free Play Zone: Experiment with foam blocks, ball paths, and other artistic and mechanical objects on the floor and walls.


Sea Wall: Enjoy and learn about aquatic life forms ordinarily found hundreds or thousands of miles from West Texas. Coming Soon


Sound Garden: Create music by tapping, manipulating and moving a collection of interactive sculptures. Coming Soon