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Brazosport Museum of Natural Science

Reveal the wonders of nature and history at the Brazosport Museum of Natural Science!

  • Investigate ocean life with the largest public seashell collection in the region.
  • Take a peek into the lives of prehistoric cultures.
  • Get close to an allosaurus, raptors, a megalodon jaw and other favorite fossils.
  • Marvel at glittering geodes, sparkling gemstones and rocks that glow in the dark.

Museum Hours

Tuesday – Saturday

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Sunday

2:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Closed Mondays

Admission to the museum is free.

Our Programs

Events Calendar

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  • About
  • Exhibit Halls
  • Volunteer
  • Membership
  • History
  • Affiliations
  • Education
  • Tours
  • Special Events
  • Leadership

About Brazosport Museum of Natural Science

Brazosport Museum of Natural Science shall

  • provide facilities, objects, repositories, exhibits and educational programs
  • attract interested, knowledge-seeking people
  • educate and challenge our audience
    • to explore and discover our natural sciences
    • to preserve and respect our natural history
    • to conserve and restore our natural resources

and, thus, gain enlightenment and appreciation of the beauty and wonders of our environment and gain the wisdom to preserve our natural heritage.

Powered by unique individuals who will lead the museum into the future.

Brazosport Museum of Natural Science Exhibit Halls

Mildred Tate Hall of Malacology

Found a shell on a local beach and want to know what it is? Find it in the Texas waters collection.

Our founder Mildred Tate believed that the public should look at mollusks to appreciate their natural beauty, so she designed our collection to be available to the public. Visit the collection to view these natural wonders.

Bryan Cooney Hall of Paleontology

View for free an amazing collection of dinosaurs and other ancient animals including a Bambiraptor (the only one in Texas).

See ancient aquatic denizens – large and small, from fresh and salt environments.

Raymond Walley Hall of Archaeology

Learn about life in antebellum Texas.

Explore artifacts from local Native Americans.

A.P. Beutel Hall of Minerals

Discover crystals of all sizes, shapes and colors.

Be amazed as rocks respond to different lights.

Hall of Wildlife

Large display of American waterfowl.

Examples of animals found in Texas exhibited in a natural setting.

Beautiful butterflies and moths from Texas and around the world.

Volunteer with Brazosport Museum of Natural Science

Brazosport Museum of Natural Science offers many opportunities for volunteering to help us fulfill our mission of enriching the culture of the upper Texas gulf coast through visual arts programs.

Volunteers are needed to help welcome guests to the museum, organize and present special events, install and maintain exhibits, teach science-related workshops, serve in leadership positions and to host outreach events.

Please contact The Center’s volunteer coordinator at (979) 265-7661 or by clicking this link to a full list of volunteer opportunities.

Membership

Full Circle Membership

Membership Benefits (beginning September 2019)

Enjoy an exciting season at The Center (and beyond) with memberships to each Partner Group with this “all in” membership! Reserve tickets and receive discounts on select workshops and classes with only one membership number!
Membership includes:
Basic Brazosport Fine Arts Council Membership (voting level membership)
Single Artist Brazosport Art League Membership
Flex Membership to Brazosport Center Stages (6 total tickets to any combination of performances in the 2019/2020 season. Reservations required.)
Individual Brazosport Museum of Natural Science Membership
Individual BASF Planetarium Membership (Single passes throughout the 2019/2020 planetarium season)
Flex Membership to Brazosport Symphony Orchestra (6 total tickets to any combination of concerts in the 2019/2020 season.  Reservations required.  All concerts take place at The Clarion Music Performance Hall at Brazosport College.)

Brazosport Museum of Natural Science Membership

Membership Benefits (beginning September 2019)

All members receive a 10% DISCOUNT on Museum Gift Shop purchases.
Discount on Mondays at the Museum (Summer at The Center).

History of Brazosport Museum of Natural Science

Mildred Tate dared to dream. Her vision both challenged and inspired her fellow workers. She gave tirelessly to the museum from its inception in 1964 until her death in 1990. With insight, leadership and determination, she created an outstanding collection and display of shells, winning state and national recognition for the museum. She epitomized excellence in field of malacology and instilled her love of shell and nature in a generation of people.

Raymond Walley was a chemist by profession and an archaeologist by avocation. Founder of the Gulf Coast Archaeological Society (the precursor of the Brazosport Archaeological Society), he was an enthusiastic leader in the local archaeological endeavors for over twenty years, especially during the 1950’s and 1960’s.

Initially, the main purpose of the Gulf Coast Archaeological Society was to gain knowledge of the Karankawa Indians who lived in the Brazosport area more than 400 years ago and were still present when the first Anglo colonists arrived. His work in this museum was original and focused the attention of Texas archaeologists on Brazosport for the first time. Later work involved sites in Fort Bend, Wharton and Harris Counties.

A man gifted in inspiring the young, he organized and led two clubs of junior archaeologists, many of whom participated in local explorations, following established professional procedures.

He was a founder of the Brazosport Museum of Natural Science and served on its Board of Directors and as a Trustee. He was the museum’s first Curator of Archaeology. In 1974, the museum established the Raymond Walley Memorial Scholarship at Brazosport College.

Brazosport Museum of Natural Science Affiliations

Sea Shell Searchers of Brazoria County

Sea Shell Searchers meet the first Tuesday of every month, September through May, at 7:30 PM in the Brazosport Museum of Natural Science located at The Center for the Arts and Sciences.

Anyone interested in shelling or who would like more information about the Sea Shell Searchers are encouraged to contact us by Email at this link or you may pick up a Sea Shell Searchers brochure at the Brazosport Museum.

The Brazosport Archeological Society

Regular meetings of the Society are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 PM in the Brazosport Museum of Natural Science located at The Center for the Arts & Sciences.

The Brazosport Archeological Society invites YOU to join them in their study of the prehistory and history of the lower Brazos River region. The Society is a non-profit organization created to stimulate an active interest in the discovery, conservation, and salvage of archaeological sites, and the recording and preservation of archaeological remains using scientific procedures.

The Society was founded in 1981 and is affiliated with the Brazosport Museum of Natural Science (BMNS). The Society works within the stated objectives, rules and by-laws of the museum. The Society strives to:

  • preserve and protect prehistoric and historic remains of the lower Brazos River region
  • educate its members and the general public in archaeological/ethnological fields-of-study
  • conduct archaeological excavations and research studies relative to the area
  • publish data obtained from its research studies and excavations
  • cooperate with other scientific institutions or organizations

For more information, contact thecenter@bcfas.org.

Education

Sunday Science Fun!

Second Sunday of every month

2:00 PM

Each month a different science or math concept will be featured. Located in the children’s area. Free event and open to the public. All ages welcome. An adult must accompany children for the duration of the event.

Slime Day

Saturday, October 26

11:00 AM

Brazosport Museum of Natural Science invites children of all ages to create creepy and weird concoctions at Slime Day 2019! In addition to learning about slippery and sneaky creatures, everyone will have a chance to invent their own concoctions in a fun, safe, positive and always friendly environment. The event is a make and take event so all participants should be dressed to get slimy! Free event and open to the public. Children 5 years old plus. An adult must accompany children for the duration of the event.

Mondays at the Museum

Second through fourth Mondays in June. Each day is a different session.

9:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Ages 4-6 by the first day of session

Mondays at the Museum is part of Summer at The Center and is generously underwritten by The Facts.

Brazosport Museum of Natural Science Tours

Please complete the form here to request a tour. A museum representative will contact you soon.

Brazosport ISD school tours are coordinated with Brazosport Planetarium and Brazosport Art League. Please call (979) 265-7661 for more information.

Education

Sunday Science Fun!

Second Sunday of every month

2:00 PM

Each month a different science or math concept will be featured. Located in the children’s area. Free event and open to the public. All ages welcome. An adult must accompany children for the duration of the event.

Slime Day

Saturday, October 26

11:00 AM

Brazosport Museum of Natural Science invites children of all ages to create creepy and weird concoctions at Slime Day 2019! In addition to learning about slippery and sneaky creatures, everyone will have a chance to invent their own concoctions in a fun, safe, positive and always friendly environment. The event is a make and take event so all participants should be dressed to get slimy! Free event and open to the public. Children 5 years old plus. An adult must accompany children for the duration of the event.

Mondays at the Museum

Second through fourth Mondays in June. Each day is a different session.

9:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Ages 4-6 by the first day of session

Mondays at the Museum is part of Summer at The Center and is generously underwritten by The Facts.

Brazosport Museum of Natural Science Executive Board
President
Wanda Coker
1st Vice President
Brian Miles
2nd Vice President
Gus Lindveit
Secretary
Sandra D Pollan
Treasurer
Steven Coker
Assistant Treasurer
Patty Humbird

Our Programs

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Set Builders

Once it is built, it is time to add detail and color to the set. Set painters of various talent and experience levels can contribute to this fun and satisfying task. Novices can apply basic “base coats” of paint while more accomplished artists can follow behind add the detail (color, texture, shadow and highlight). Bring the set to vibrant life by volunteering as a set painter!
(Minimum hours per week: 4)

To volunteer at The Center or with any of our partner groups, please contact The Center’s Volunteer Coordinator, Marcie Allen at mallen@bcfas.org or 979-265-7661.

You can also use the Volunteer Interest tab to submit your interest online.

Museum Attendant

Museum attendants welcome visitors to Brazosport Museum of Natural Science and encourage them to sign in to the guest book. Attendants also learn about the current and upcoming exhibits and events to provide visitor information and to be able to answer basic questions about the exhibits, Brazosport Museum of Natural Science and The Center for the Arts & Sciences. The attendant is also responsible for gift shop sales transactions and must be confident with cash handling and credit card processing. The attendant also helps ensure the safety of guests and the preservation of the exhibits and artifacts on display.
(Minimum hours per month: 3 consecutive)

To volunteer at The Center or with any of our partner groups, please contact The Center’s Volunteer Coordinator, Marcie Allen at mallen@bcfas.org or 979-265-7661.

You can also use the Volunteer Interest tab to submit your interest online.

Set Builders

During the time a Center Stages play is in production, set builders work on Saturdays (usually 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM) and, occasionally, during some weekdays, as volunteer availability allows. Volunteers should have a background in safe construction practices, including using various types of power tools. Though not necessary, set construction volunteers are encouraged to bring and use their own well-maintained and safe power tools. Wood is usually the most typical construction material, though occasionally other materials, such as metal, are used.
(Minimum hours per week: 4)

To volunteer at The Center or with any of our partner groups, please contact The Center’s Volunteer Coordinator, Marcie Allen at mallen@bcfas.org or 979-265-7661.

You can also use the Volunteer Interest tab to submit your interest online.

Gallery Attendant

Gallery attendants welcome visitors to the art gallery and encourage them to sign in to the guest book. Attendants learn about the current and upcoming exhibits and events to provide visitor information and to be able to answer basic questions about the exhibit, Brazosport Art League and The Center for the Arts & Sciences. The attendant is also responsible for art sales transactions and must be confident with cash handling and credit card processing. The attendant helps ensure the safety of guests and the preservation of the art on display.
(Minimum hours per month: 3 consecutive)

To volunteer at The Center or with any of our partner groups, please contact The Center’s Volunteer Coordinator, Marcie Allen at mallen@bcfas.org or 979-265-7661.

You can also use the Volunteer Interest tab to submit your interest online.