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The Wizard of Oz Educational Exhibit
January 28, 2017 – May 7, 2017
The Wizard of Oz™ is a journey of self-discovery that’s fun for the whole family! Children will discover a variety of activities as they travel from the Gale Farm to the colorful Land of Oz. They can also explore Munchkinland, The Crossroads, The Witch’s Castle, and The Emerald City all before heading back over the rainbow.
The Wizard of Oz Educational Exhibit
January 28, 2017 – May 7, 2017
The Wizard of Oz™ is a journey of self-discovery that’s fun for the whole family! Children will discover a variety of activities as they travel from the Gale Farm to the colorful Land of Oz. They can also explore Munchkinland, The Crossroads, The Witch’s Castle, and The Emerald City all before heading back over the rainbow.

The Wizard of Oz Educational Exhibit

Mayborn Museum Complex 

January 28, 2017 – May 7, 2017

The Wizard of Oz™ is a journey of self-discovery that’s fun for the whole family! Children will discover a variety of activities as they travel from the Gale Farm to the colorful Land of Oz. They can also explore Munchkinland, The Crossroads, The Witch’s Castle, and The Emerald City all before heading back over the rainbow.

  
SPEED: Science in Motion

Mayborn Museum Complex

May 27, 2017 – September 3, 2017

Developed by Scitech in Perth, Australia and produced by Imagine Exhibitions, SPEED: Science in Motion, replicates the high-octane action of the Formula 1 racetrack, complete with pit lane, workshop and physical testing environments. This immersive experience is designed to unravel the cutting edge science and technology behind professional motor sports. Visitors can challenge themselves through hands-on exhibits and displays, to see if they have the skills, fitness and reactions to race at over 125 miles per hour.

  
 

Emerson Holt - Ted Getterman Exhibit Gallery 

Dr Pepper Museum and Free Enterprise Institute 

Now Open

We are excited to announce that the Emerson Holt - Ted Getterman Exhibit Gallery and new gift shop and soda fountain spaces opened to the public on May 27th. This new gallery is in the East Wing Building, which is the building across the courtyard from the Museum with the red neon Dr Pepper sign on the side.

Visitors enter the Museum and pay admission, and will receive an armband to let staff know they have paid admission for that day. After touring the Museum, visitors can go across the courtyard to visit the new gift shop and soda fountain, and make their way into the Emerson Holt - Ted Getterman Gallery.

With over 7,000 square feet of new permanent exhibit space, the Emerson Holt - Ted Getterman Gallery adds significantly to the stories of Dr Pepper, 7UP, Big Red, and the history of the soft drink industry we have told at the Museum for many years.


 
 
 
 
 
 

Dr Pepper’s Wild West

Dr Pepper Museum

Now Open

 

The legendary Wild West comes to life at the Dr Pepper Museum sponsored by 92.9 Shooter FM.  Starting in the 1930s, Dr Pepper has used the Wild West as the backdrop for a variety of advertising pieces.  The exhibit explores the variety of ways that Dr Pepper and other soft drinks used America’s love affair with the Wild West to create some widely popular advertising pieces.

Cowboys and cowgirls played starring roles on advertising posters.  Dr Pepper’s own musical show, 10-2-4 Ranch, showcased a popular cowboy group of the 1940s, The Sons of the Pioneers.  The exhibit will even feature some fun western themed items like ornately decorated cowboy boots, branding irons, wooden toy guns, and boot shaped mugs that proclaim their brand loyalty in a bold way. 

While viewing these colorful Dr Pepper advertising and promotional items, visitors will discover the myth of the American west and how the myth developed and became popularized in American culture starting in the 1930s. 

The young’uns and young at heart can even find something to do while hanging out with their folks.  Included in this exhibit is a highly interactive area for children of all ages where they can design their own cattle brand, cook up a mess of food at a chuck wagon, or spend time sitting around the campfire telling their own tall tales. 

The Dr Pepper Museum is located at 300 S. 5th Street in downtown Waco. During the spring and summer, the Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM and Sunday from Noon until 5:00 PM, last ticket sold at 4:15. During the fall and winter, the museum is closed on Mondays; other days remain the same.  For more information, visit us on the web at www.drpeppermuseum.com.

 
 
 

 

Hail to the Dr Pepper Chief!

Dr Pepper Museum

Now Open

 

This exhibit takes a look at the 23 presidents of the Dr Pepper brand since the company’s creation in 1891.  Presidents of companies provide day to day guidance based on the policy developed by their board of directors.  These men have faced a variety of challenges, setbacks, successes, and failures.  Join us as we honor these Presidents of Dr Pepper who have led the company, creating the successful soft drink portfolio it is today.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Distinguished Service: The Retired Texas Rangers 

Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum 

 

Distinguished Service is a display of personal memorabilia from living Ranger veterans. The real meaning of these items is made clear by a large touch screen display which museum guests can search for more information on over 180 living retired Rangers. The Rangers each have a personal biography documenting their law enforcement career. Special features will be added such as oral history excerpts, important case summaries and photos when available. To view the biographies online, please visit www.texasranger.org/retirees.html.

We are grateful to the lead benefactors of this unique memorial to service, Mrs. Holly Holt Williamson of Austin and Mrs. Andrea Catania of Midland. The installation recognizes their late father, Robert Holt, a distinguished commissioner and chairman of the Texas Public Safety Commission. He was a strong supporter of the history, heritage and service of the Texas Rangers. Additional funding was contributed by the Texas Ranger Association Foundation and the Chrysler Foundation.

In 1964, the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum was established as the official historical center of the Texas Rangers, America’s oldest state law enforcement agency. The museum is open 9am to 5pm with the last admission sold at 4:30pm. We are located on University Parks Drive and I-35 in Waco, Texas. For more information, call (254) 750-8631 or visit www.texasranger.org.

 

If you would like to add your institution's special exhibits, contact Rachael Nadeau Johnson.