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Mayborn Museum Complex

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Address: 1300 S University Parks Dr, Waco, TX 76706-1716
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+1 254-710-1110
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1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Wed 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Awesome place for kids

This is a place that the grandchildren described as "awesome." The music studio was a hit. There was lots of hands-on stuff that the kids could actually do, another just look... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed February 22, 2016
GettinWiser
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34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 22, 2016 via mobile

This is a place that the grandchildren described as "awesome." The music studio was a hit. There was lots of hands-on stuff that the kids could actually do, another just look at. It was spacious, really bright and colorful. One of the least stressful children's places we've been at. It was a pleasure for the adults as well as the... More 

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Thank GettinWiser
Jess O, Guest Relations Manager at Mayborn Museum Complex, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We like to think that our museum is excellent for kids, and for adults (who are really kids at heart). We hope to see you again soon! More 

Killeen, Texas
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10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2016

Very cheap to visit. Drove from Killeen and worth it! Such cool things that you can touch. Even fun for adults. Every room has a different attraction and its very hands on and fun. Out back is a "old town" that you can go inside. There was a student in the garden that was hoeing and let my nephew try.... More 

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Elm Mott, Texas
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34 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2016

Hands on, great place to take active kids to burn some energy, Educational, great exhibits, so much for kids to learn! I'm a grandmother and I throughly enjoyed!

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Thank Mary Lou M
Jess O, Guest Relations Manager at Mayborn Museum Complex, responded to this review

We are so happy that you enjoyed your visit. Our museum is a great place or the kids and kids-at-heart (or adults as we call them sometimes)! We hope you'll be back soon. More 

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15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 2, 2016

Huge building with not a lot to see. Good place to take preschoolers and let them run up and down the halls, and wear themselves out. The historic village out back was probably the most interesting, but only on a warm sunny day.

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Thank Zoe L
Jess O, Guest Relations Manager at Mayborn Museum Complex, responded to this review

We're sorry that your visit wasn't what you expected. We'd love to get your feedback, as we are continually striving to improve our exhibits and activities. Please email me any comments, concerns, or suggestions at jessica_outten@baylor.edu. Thank you! More 

west Texas
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239 reviews
82 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2016

Geared toward K-8 kids. Main exhibit probably interests a wider audience, and mammoth site exhibit is interesting for science types.

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Thank porter_osborne
Jess O, Guest Relations Manager at Mayborn Museum Complex, responded to this review

Sorry to hear the museum wasn't what you were expecting! We are constantly looking for new ways to update our exhibits and activities to engage the public, so we'd love to get some feedback from you. Please email me at jessica_outten@baylor.edu with any comments, concerns, and suggestions. Thank you! More 

Woodway
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18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2016 via mobile

This is a wonderful, very hands on museum. There are several rooms on the bottom and upper level floor with activities. My children found things they loved in each room. Making the huge bubbles was a big hit, the room where you grind corn was another thumbs up and other areas were all full of activities. I saw that there... More 

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Oceanside, California
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25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2016

Again, not a planned stop for us. We were headed out of Waco westward bound and were curious about Baylor. Looking up things to do, we saw that the Mayborn was a destination that had some good reviews. We didn't want to spend a lot of time at the museum because we wanted to get on the road but it... More 

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Thank Angelique H
Radcliff, United States
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26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2016 via mobile

I take my daughter and a friend every few months since the exhibits rotate. Their favorite is the dinosaurs and the trains! So many different things to do, but they do need to keep up with the maintenance and replace some of the play things in the exhibits. I would go during the week since it's not as crowded as... More 

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Thank Misty J
Waco, Texas
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41 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2015 via mobile

The Mayborn is much more than just a run-off-some-energy spot for families with children on road trips, but it is very good for that as well. There are large spaces, dotted with many entertaining and interactive, educational exhibits and activities. The "grown-up" museum is also a nice trip through Central Texas' varied and rather interesting history. The 19th century village... More 

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Waco, TX
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22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2015

On the beautiful Baylor University campus, the Mayborn, although small, is a wonderful learning opportunity, in a beautiful setting, and will charm young and old alike. Not only are there ancient artifacts, animals of the region, and tales of Indians, but out back is a typical 1800's settlement with a drug store, school, barns/animals, homes, and blacksmith shop, all set... More 

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