Biodiversity is the variety of life, and it has been an important component of the educational programming at Texas Memorial Museum (TMM) from the first day we opened our doors to the public in 1939. Rooted in the resources and reputation of The University of Texas at Austin, TMM works to create awareness, understanding and appreciation of the past, present, and future of biological diversity, especially that of the state of Texas. Our mission is to inspire a life-long interest in science and nature.
TMM invites the whole community to explore Texas’ natural history. More than 33,000 people visited the museum last year, including 8,500+ preK-12 students in school groups. TMM is an important resource for UT’s undergraduate students – not only those enrolled in a Signature Course, but for students in biology, geology, education, the arts, and museum studies. Over 1100 undergraduate and graduate students visited TMM as part of an organized class last year.
REVITALIZE TMM’s Hall of Biodiversity!
After a successful year exhibiting The Buzz Saw Sharks of Long Ago, we plan to continue offering visitors new experiences at the museum by changing the exhibitions in our Hall of Biodiversity. To celebrate the 80th anniversary of the museum opening to the public, we are creating a new exhibit on the museum’s early history, scheduled to open in late spring 2019.
Every gift makes a difference! Donations will fund rental fees for traveling exhibitions, associated costs of installation, advertising, and training materials for our volunteer staff.
During the 40 Hours for the Forty Acres campaign, please support our efforts to revitalize the Hall of Biodiversity with new and exciting exhibits at Texas Memorial Museum!