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“Great planetarium, museums, and helpful staff” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Museum of the Southwest

Museum of the Southwest
Ranked #6 of 21 things to do in Midland
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Lubbock, TX
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176 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
“Great planetarium, museums, and helpful staff”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2014

We saw a dome movie at the planetarium about the return to the moon, and it was amazing.
The kids had fun at the art museum, and the printmaking exhibit at the art museum was worth the visit.

Great way to spend a Saturday in Midland.

Visited February 2014
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Oklahoma
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330 reviews
78 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Great Museum with rotating exhibits”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2013

It is a great museum for a town the size of Midland. It has a steady rotation of exhibits, most of which are really good. The facility hosts private showings that are well done and fun. It is a kids place as well as adults. Cost is cheap and you will enjoy an hour or so seeing things from someone else's perspective. Go.

Visited September 2013
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Midland, Texas
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38 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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“Nice Museum in Midland Texas”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2013

Looking for something to do in Midland Texas? Well head on over to Missouri street just west of the downtown area with all the tall buildings and you will find the old Turner Mansion. 1705 W Missouri Street. Just a few blocks east of Garfield street you will see the large red brick museum, with its iron and brick fence around the front. The Museum is in the old parts of the house and stretch to the back new areas that have been added, to the west is the Childrens museum and a short walk more is the Blakmore Planetarium. http://www.museumsw.org They have different rotating exhibits from their own collection and have visiting shows all the time so its good to check back frequently. See their web page to see what is going on at present. The Planetarium is a great place to go and see a show about the stars and learn about the various things to see in the west texas night sky, they even have star parties out back on certain weekends where the local astronomy club set up their scopes and you can have a look. Through out the year they have various events, during the summer on sunday evenings they have "summer lawn concerts" i have included a picture from last weekend, just show up with a lawn chair or blanket and whatever you want to drink or eat and enjoy, its no cost. Then early in September they have Septemberfest. Where the grounds are filled with various booths filled with artists, potters, ceramicists, jewelers, photographers and such selling their one of a kind pieces. In the back by the planetarium is all the food and drink and a stage for some live entertainment. Its all very casual and there is a small fee to get in and you get an armband so you can come and go during the day if you like. They even open the planetarium and have short day shows of the dome. Its just just a fun weekend, very laid back. Then later in the year they have Christmas at the Mansion with lots of different events and in the old Stables building they have a train setup that is really neat to see. Just a nice place to go in the city.

Visited August 2013
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19 reviews
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“Kids can play hard while staying out of the Texas heat”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2013 via mobile

My kids loved it here! We went to check it out and ended up staying for hours. The interactive light and sound exhibit was a big hit and everything inside was very engaging for young kids. They have a mini city set up where kids can pretend with all the plastic food/toys/dishes. There's a kid sized: Burger King, grocery store, bank, news station (kids can see themselves on TV), attic bedroom, playroom, kitchen, veterinarian office and more. My kids really loved dressing up in lab coats to help the sick stuffed toys in the vet's office and "shopping" in the market. Downstairs there's a large gated play area for kids under 2 years old. It's much smaller than other children's museums we've been to, but it was more than we expected. The price was very reasonable. Less than $10 for adults, kids were less than that and I think children 2 years and under were free. Prices are vague because that's just what I can remember. The only negative was the card reader at the ticket counter wasn't working and we had to wait 10 minutes while the employee tried to get it to work. We finally decided to pay cash so we could get in quicker, but didn't get a receipt. When we received our bank statement later we saw that we were still charged admission on our card. Other than that, it was a great time.

Visited June 2013
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Midland, Texas, United States
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40 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“good quality museum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2013

something for everyone here. several different buildings in which the exhibits are available and best of all its air conditioners work great. everything from dinosaurs to space travel you can find it here with a great kids area.

Visited September 2012
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