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“More of a gallery than a museum”

Museum of the Southwest
Ranked #6 of 22 things to do in Midland
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San Francisco, California
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202 reviews
77 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
“More of a gallery than a museum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2014

The room where the murders took place is not open to the public. I don't know if this place is haunted. Art comes mostly from New Mexico. I did not see a lot from TX. Small place 5.00 to get in and you can spend about an hour to 2 hours there. Sunday evenings in the summer there is live music outside on the lawn. The lawn is decorated with sculptures and a pamphlet is provided to give details about each sculpture. They have a small children's museum also.

Visited May 2014
3 Thank maggiedanurse
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Burtonsville, Maryland
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250 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Small & Sweet”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2014

A little art museum hidden away in suburban Midland, housed in what used to be the infamous Turner mansion. There's about 4 big rooms of paintings and sculptures and that's it. You could breeze through the entire collection in 30 - 45 mins., tops. If you have little ones with you, be sure to check out the Childrens' Museum and the planetarium right outside.

Visited May 2014
1 Thank visi2r1
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Lubbock, TX
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176 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 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
2 Thank wtxtraveler
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337 reviews
78 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 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
1 Thank Ross M
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Midland, Texas
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43 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“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
1 Thank Bonesdug1
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