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Museum of Texas Tech University
The Museum of TTU is an educational, scientific, cultural, and research element of Texas Tech University. It consists of several components: the main Museum building, the Moody Planetarium, the Natural Science Research Laboratory, and the Lubbock Lake Landmark. The Museum of Texas Tech University was first accredited by the American Association of Museums in 1990. It received continuing accreditation in 1998 and 2008. Accreditation by the AAM demonstrates "a professional level of operation in accordance with the standards of excellence prescribed by the American Association of Museums..." The 2008 accreditation certification will be current until 2018. Mission Statement— The Museum of Texas Tech University, as an education resource for a diverse audience, collects, researches, and disseminates information about the natural and cultural heritage of local and related regions.
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Moody Planetarium will be closed on June 21, 2016, due to Texas Tech Astronomy Labs. Our regular show times will return on June 22, 2016.
Today marked the 30 year anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Read how former Director of the Museum's Natural Science Research Laboratory, Robert Baker, and his team from Texas Tech gained unprecedented access to this radiated area and what their work uncovered.
Our new exciting and interactive exhibition, How Weather Works: Understanding Our Place Between the Sun and a Storm, opens Friday, June 24! This exhibit allows visitors of all ages to create atmospheric pressure, explore the Earth’s spin and the jet stream, and learn about the many powerful aspects of storms such as tornadoes, haboobs, hail, and lightning. The exhibit includes a section on how chaos, or altering one or many components of the atmosphere, can affect weather. The exhibit showcases research led by Brian Ancell, an assistant professor in the Department of Geosciences, Atmospheric Science Group, who received an Early CAREER grant from the National Science Foundation. The exhibit brings weather down to eye level and highlights how human activity can affect weather patterns. This is one you will not want to miss! Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter accounts for more updates leading up to the opening day.
Join us tonight from 6-9 PM for First Friday Art Trail at the Museum! See our new exhibition Retooled, hear a story at Bedtime at the Museum, or catch a Planetarium show. All galleries will be open until 9 PM and admittance is always free! Below: Arman, Blue, Red, Brown, 1988, mixed media. Photo courtesy of Joel Breger.
This weekend, the Museum is proud to welcome Texas Women Veterans for their Role Call: Life Beyond the Oath program!
Opening today: Retooled. This exhibition brings life to the unexpected subject of tools by profiling 28 visionary artists from the Hechinger Collection including Arman, Anthony Caro, Richard Estes, Howard Finster, Red Grooms, Jacob Lawrence, Fernand Léger, Roger Shimomura, and H.C. Westermann; photographers Berenice Abbott, William Eggleston, and Walker Evans; and pop artists Jim Dine, Claes Oldenburg, and James Rosenquist. Featuring more than 40 imaginative paintings, sculptures, works on paper and photographs, the exhibition consists of four sections that dynamically frame the themes of this collection into accessible categories: Objects of Beauty; Material Illusions; Instruments of Satire; and Tools: An Extension of Self. F.L. Wall, Summer Tool, 1983, oak. Photo courtesy of Edward Owens.
Our Summer Camps are filling up quickly this year! Don't miss this opportunity to have fun and learn at the Museum this June and July. Visit http://www.depts.ttu.edu/museumttu/visit/events.php for more information on our variety of camps and how to register!
Come to the Museum this Sunday, May 22nd at 4:30 PM, for the "One Million Meals for Ecuador, One Note at a Time" Benefit Recital. The Texas Tech Community and the Ecuadorian Community in Lubbock have joined forces to offer this Benefit concert for Ecuador. It is the perfect opportunity to enjoy great music and support the people of Ecuador after they suffered a devastating Earthquake on April 16th. The recital will feature talented artists from TTU - School of Music and the Lubbock community will be performing to support Ecuador Earthquake Relief. To learn more, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/benefit-recital-one-million-meals-for-ecuador-one-note-at-a-time-tickets-25276999185
Yesterday, Dr. Robert Bradley of the NSRL spoke with KMAC news about a recent chupacabra sighting in Hockley County. Watch as Dr. Bradley sets the record straight and shows off some specimens from the Museum's collection.
Tomorrow, May 14th, is Quilt Documentation Day from 10:30 am - 5:00 pm. Come and bring up to four of your quilts to our first ever documentation day. Have your quilts examined by our Curator of Clothing and Textiles Dr. Marian Ann Montgomery who will tell you about them. You will leave with a sheet documenting the quilt, but no value as the Museum does not appraise objects. Also, this is the final weekend to visit our exhibition Legacy of a Thousand Stitches: Highlights of the Museum of Texas Tech University Quilt Collection (closing May 15)!
Join us this Spring at the Museum of Texas Tech University for our 2016 "Weather" series of films. Time: 2:00 pm Place: Helen DeVitt Jones Auditorium May 20, 2016....Pompeii Starring Kit Harington and Kiefer Sutherland Year 2014, 104 Minutes A slave turned gladiator finds himself in a race against time to save his true love, who has been betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator. As Mount Vesuvius erupts, he must fight to save his beloved as Pompeii crumbles around him. FREE of CHARGE!! Movies are funded by a grant from the Helen Jones Foundation, Inc. For more information contact the Museum Education Office at 806.742.2432 or email to email@example.com
Thank you to everyone who came out for #DinoDay2016! We hope you had as much of a blast as we did. Join us for our summer camps in June and July for more educational fun! Visit http://www.depts.ttu.edu/museumttu/visit/events.php to learn more.
Join us tomorrow night from 6-9 PM for First Friday Art Trail at the Museum! There will be a talk by Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, Bedtime at the Museum, and Planetarium shows. All galleries will be open until 9 PM and admittance is always free!
Atmospheric scientist and Texas Tech professor, Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, will be giving a lecture on weather and climate change the evening of May 6th, 2016 at 6:00 pm. The event will take place in the Kline Room at The Museum of Texas Tech University. Light refreshments will be provided. Check out her website for more info on her fascinating work! http://katharinehayhoe.com/
Art lovers: this weekend, the Museum Association holds the annual Art on the Llano Estacado Exhibition and Sale! Join us Sunday, May 1st, from 1 - 4 PM for a for public viewing and purchasing of fantastic art featuring artist from our region and beyond. Find out more at http://www.artonthellanoestacado.com/
On Sunday, May 8th, join the Current Master of Fine Arts and Fine Arts Doctoral students at the Texas Tech School of Art for a reception celebrating their exhibition now on display at the Museum of Texas Tech University!
Don't forget: TOMORROW (Saturday, April 16) is Weather Day! Join us from 1-4 pm for a free fun-filled day of weather crafts and activities. Check out the museum and learn about the world’s wild weather. See you there!
Join us this fall at the Museum of Texas Tech University for our 2016 "weather" film series. Time: 2:00 pm Place: Helen DeVitt Jones Auditorium April 15: The Perfect Storm Stars George Clooney and Mark Wahlberg Year 2000, 130 Minutes Tells the story of the Andrea Gail, a commercial fishing vessel that was lost at sea with all hands after being caught in the Perfect Storm of 1991. FREE of CHARGE!! Movies are funded by a grant from the Helen Jones Foundation, Inc. For more information contact the Museum Education Office at 806.742.2432 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Weather Day 2016 is this weekend! Come join the Museum of Texas Tech University on Saturday April 16th from 1-4 pm for a free fun-filled day of weather crafts and activities. Check out the museum and learn about the world’s wild weather. See you there!
Ever thought about being a Docent at the Museum? Come and learn about creating exciting museum experiences for all. Docents are tour guides, teachers, and vital volunteers for the Museum of Texas Tech University. If you are interested in learning more about all the museum has to offer and would like to share that knowledge with others, please join us for a special information session on Saturday, April 23rd from 1:00-3:00pm. Refreshments will be provided. No experience necessary. We will teach you everything you need to know. If you are interested, please contact Anna Davis at email@example.com or (803)834-4403. https://youtu.be/Pc76CSGHd3g
Tomorrow, Saturday April 9th, join us for Quilt Documentation Day (10:30 AM - 4:00 PM)! Bring up to four of your quilts to our first ever documentation day. Have your quilts examined by our Curator of Clothing and Textiles Dr. Marian Ann Montgomery who will tell you about them. You will leave with a sheet documenting the quilt, but no value as the Museum does not appraise objects.
Stay warm and dry with the Museum tonight during the First Friday Art Trail! We have laser shows and Bedtime at the Museum. All Museum galleries will be open until 9 PM. Join us! 5:30 - Laser Zeppelin 6:30 - Bedtime at the Museum: Oh Say Can You Say What's the Weather Today? 6:30 - Laser Country 7:30 - Laser Pop