Why a Museum?

The Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History fills an important role. We inspire young and old to enjoy the process of learning about our natural environment and our cultural history in an informal setting. We make learning about science and history a “real” experience, as visitors are able to see actual artifacts and natural history specimens that are otherwise not available. The Museum provides programs and exhibits that offer unique experiences and enriches the science and history curriculum of the traditional classroom. Our programs meet the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and the elementary science test objectives (TAKS) with activities designed to encourage critical thinking skills and to teach the basics of life and earth science.

As societies worldwide undergo rapid changes, including global climate change and the information technology explosion, museums preserve and protect our cultural and natural history for generations to come. Thousands of specimens in natural history museums are used every day for research and study to answer questions about climate, biodiversity, medicine, extinction, disease, and natural resources. Natural history museums contain the building blocks that help us to understand changes in Earth’s geology, climate, and life forms. Natural history museums inspire and teach millions of people every year through exhibits and programming.

The faster our societies change, the more important it becomes for our citizens to have access to lifelong learning. Museums not only actively preserve real artifacts and specimens, but also provide a center of learning that connects visitors with REAL stories about the world we live in.

"In the end we will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught." - Baba Dioum

Broaden YOUR horizons….visit a museum today!

Read more about Museums economic and social value

From the American Association of Museums:

America's Museums Spend $5.7 Billion Serving the Public [PDF]

Museums Working in the Public Interest [PDF]