810 I-35 North
Waco, TX 76705
Phone: (254) 799-7272
Fax: (254) 799-7011
Arts & Museums
Situated along the Brazos River, the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum opened its doors to the public in 1968 and has been a popular tourist destination ever since. Explore the history of the Texas Rangers - the state's oldest law enforcement company through the various exhibits and relics on display. The Hall of Fame is a memorial to all the Texas Rangers who died in the line of duty. Check out the rotating collection of 2,500 historic firearms and accessories including the one used by famous American outlaws, Bonnie and Clyde. Children will enjoy sitting on the wooden horses, putting together a rifle and other fun-filled activities such as the Scavenger Hunt. The Texas Ranger Research Center was added in 1976 and has a collection of over 300,000 items such as case files, personal data of Texas Rangers and reference books. It is mainly used by researchers. There are special programs for schools to educate the kids about the history and importance of the Texas Rangers. Get some memorabilia from the museum store such as the Texas Ranger buckles, cups, leather goods, candles, pins, puzzles and more.
The TSHOF offers interactive exhibits and displays that salute more than 300 legendary Texas sports figures, and details the defining moments of their careers. One can peruse the Hall of Fame museums that honour major league athletes, the Tennis Hall of Fame Museum, and those devoted to hall of famers in the areas of highschool football and basketball; there is also a gift shop.
The Mayborn Museum Complex incorporates the former Ollie Mae Moen Discovery Center, the Strecker Museum and the Gov. Bill and Vara Daniel Historic Village. The Complex brings together in one location the resources of hands-on discovery rooms and interactive natural science and cultural history galleries including outdoor exhibits. This unusually rich combination provides a wide spectrum of engaging learning opportunities for all types of learners and visitors of all ages. The exhibits and education programs encourage families to learn together as they make choices to design their own museum experience.
The Dr Pepper Museum is a rare museum that celebrates the American soft drink culture and traces the evolution of the soft drinks industry through numerous exhibits and memorabilia. It encourages capitalism and the economics of free enterprises. Popular displays include a rustic general store, reminiscent of the 1930s grocery shops, a pick-up truck from 1924 and the sound of jingles from old soft drink advertisements. Avail their tours for the best experience and do not miss their Happy Hours with the soda fountain. Students can benefit from their Advertising and Marketing Kid Style program.
This lodge contains both a library and museum that holds historic artifacts. It includes a large military exhibit, Masonic relics, railroad artifacts, and an exhibit dedicated to the Nazi persecution of Free Masons during the holocaust.
Located in a Mediterranean-style home overlooking the Brazos and Bosque Rivers, the Art Center has rotating exhibits, and frequently hosts traveling exhibits, and is circumscribed by a two-and-a-half-acre sculpture garden. The primary mission of the center is to redefine the role of an art gallery or center within the community. Taking a proactive approach, the Art Center of Waco zealously nurtures emerging artists, and offers many classes, lectures, and events to nuture the latent artists perhaps lurking in both children and adults.
The Waco Mammoth Site is an important place to visit for all tourists interested in Columbian mammoths. It is a wooded parkland spread over a vast area of land and is known to be the largest known place with the remains of a mammoth nursery herd. It is still an enigma how these animals died. Many fossils have been excavated, maybe there are more in store. Get a glimpse of the lives of these Columbian mammoths that is definitely going to be inspiring.
This museum holds an extensive collection of historic artifacts. There is a display of a watercolor done by Adolf Hitler, a bugle from the Gettysburg battlefield and a peace blanket from Apache Chief Geronimo. There are also historical papers on-site.