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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

11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Sunday

Closed

Monday

Closed

Admission to the museum is free but tickets are required. Click here to reserve yours in advance! Electronic tickets will be available at the door by scanning a QR code on your mobile device.

  • 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 2021)

Enjoy an exciting season at The Center (and beyond) with memberships to each Partner Group with this “all in” membership! Price is valid through October 31, 2021.
Membership includes:
Basic Brazosport Fine Arts Council Membership (voting level membership) + $30 Donation to BFAC Operating Endowment Fund
Single Artist Brazosport Art League Membership
Flex Tickets to Brazosport Center Stages (5 adult tickets – reservations required)
Individual Brazosport Museum of Natural Science Membership
Individual BASF Planetarium Membership 
Flex Tickets to Brazosport Symphony Orchestra (5 adult tickets- reservations required)

Brazosport Museum of Natural Science Membership

Membership Benefits (beginning September 2021)

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

***This organization is currently meeting online due to COVID-19.***

Sea Shell Searchers meet the first Tuesday of every month, September through May, at 6:30 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 seashellsearchers22@gmail.com or you may pick up a Sea Shell Searchers brochure at the Brazosport Museum.

The Brazosport Archeological Society

***This organization is currently meeting online due to COVID-19.***

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

Dino Day

Brazosport Museum of Natural Science invites children 5+ to attend Dino Day! Free event and open to the public. Adults must accompany children for the duration of the event. 

Saturday, August 7
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Xtreme Hummingbird Xtravaganza

In collaboration with the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory. 

September 18 & 25
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM (noon)

$5 for adults
Children 12 & under are FREE

Sea Shell Searchers Shell Show

October 16 – 17
Lake Jackson Civic Center

Slime Day

October 30
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM (noon)

Children 5+, parents/guardians must accompany children throughout the duration of event. 

Shell Christmas Ornament Craft Day

November 7

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM 

Museum Holiday Social

December 5

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

 

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

Dino Day

Brazosport Museum of Natural Science invites children 5+ to attend Dino Day! Free event and open to the public. Adults must accompany children for the duration of the event. 

Saturday, August 7
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Xtreme Hummingbird Xtravaganza

In collaboration with the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory. 

September 18 & 25
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM (noon)

$5 for adults
Children 12 & under are FREE

Sea Shell Searchers Shell Show

October 16 – 17
Lake Jackson Civic Center

Slime Day

October 30
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM (noon)

Children 5+, parents/guardians must accompany children throughout the duration of event. 

Shell Christmas Ornament Craft Day

November 7

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM 

Museum Holiday Social

December 5

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

 

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