Who We Are
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. 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 34,200 people visited the museum last year, including 8,700+ preK-12 students in school groups. TMM is an important resource for UT’s undergraduate students – not only those enrolled in Signature Courses, but for students in biology, geology, education, the arts, and museum studies. Over 1200 undergraduate and graduate students visited TMM as part of an organized class last year.
What We’re Fundraising For
REVITALIZE TMM’s Hall of Biodiversity!
With the success of The Buzz Saw Sharks of Long Ago, we will continue offering visitors new experiences at the museum by changing the exhibitions in our Hall of Biodiversity. To celebrate the museum’s early history, we are creating a new exhibit in the main gallery, scheduled to open in late spring 2020. This exhibit, modeled after our popular Treasures of Texas Memorial Museum in the Great Hall, is designed to be easily moved in and out of the gallery, which will make it easier for us to accommodate temporary travelling exhibitions.
BEYOND THE EXHIBIT HALLS
TMM is more than an exhibit hall. We offer free admission public events such as Identification Day and Texas Wildlife Day; special programs for preschoolers, gallery talks, and more! Learners of all ages benefit from our free audio tour, downloadable curriculum guides, and TEKS-aligned activities. We make loaner kits and workshops available to educators and provide hands-on explorations of fossils in our Paleo Lab.
Every gift makes a difference! To Revitalize the Hall of Biodiversity, donations will help fund new exhibit development, rental fees for traveling exhibitions, improvements to gallery lighting and space, and associated costs of advertising and training materials for our volunteer education staff. Donations to TMM’s Area of Greatest Need support all our ongoing efforts to provide the community a place to explore and learn about Texas’ natural history.
During the 40 Hours for the Forty Acres campaign, help us continue to offer new experiences at Texas Memorial Museum while ensuring popular long-standing exhibits and events remain available to the community.