THOMAS & FRIENDS™: Explore the Rails

October 2nd to January 9th

Traveling Children’s Exhibit on display October 2nd to January 9th!

Thomas & FriendsTM: Explore the Rails is an interactive and STEM-based Thomas and Friends themed exhibit touring different US and Canadian children’s museums. You’ll have the chance to explore Thomas’ cab, learn about Thomas and Friends’ history, and role-play as railway staff. Television series models of ThomasEmily and Diesel will also be on display!

Exhibit Activities:

  • Climb inside Thomas‘ cab to explore his inner workings.
  • Remove and replace parts to fix Percy‘s wobbly wheel, buffers, funnel and lamp.
  • Fill Percy with coal and water so he can deliver the mail.
  • Suit up as the conductor and sell tickets to ride the train.
  • Load and sort luggage and freight into train cars.
  • Explore the history of Thomas and Friends through books, television series clips including clips from Shining Time Station episodes, and toys.
  • Plan and build navigation routes to favorite destinations on the gigantic Wooden Railway replica of the Island of Sodor.

Thomas & FriendsTM: Explore the Rails is recommended for children ages 2-7, and will be on display in the ExploraZone gallery next to the Lubbock Children’s Museum. Exhibit admission is included with standard museum admission.

© 2021 Gullane (Thomas) Limited. Thomas & Friends™: Explore the Rails! was created by Minnesota Children’s Museum, presented by Fisher-Price.

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Out of This World:

A Celebration of Outer Space, Astronauts, and Space Travel

August 4th through September 24th

The relationship between the arts and sciences, to some, may resemble that of oil and water. One captures the nature of the universe through objective reason and data, while the other relies on expression of emotion and divergence of perception. At this intersection, however, lays a rich visual history that continues to bring the far reaches of the known universe closer to home.

The earliest movement for collaboration between art and science at NASA came to fruition in the creation of the NASA Art Program in 1962, just four years after the agency’s establishment. NASA Administrator James Webb expressed his interest in creating a NASA art program to commemorate both past and future events. At a time when humankind was just beginning to venture into space, Webb recognized the importance of capturing the emotions of exploration, such as excitement and uncertainty, in a way in which history could look back and fully appreciate all that the agency had achieved.

The artwork created through the NASA Art Program shaped the stories of early spaceflight into a popular American mythology, one that inspires a sense of national pride and shared accomplishment. As Dean remarked, “The artists were really missionaries for NASA. I mean, they were carrying the message out like nothing else would.”

Join us for Out of This World: A Celebration of Outer Space, Astronauts, and Space Travel as we explore NASA memorabilia from the Johnson Space Center and an exhibit of work inspired by the NASA space program from artists Alan Bean, Norman Rockwell, Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Paul Calle and others.

Out of This World exhibit will be on display at the Science Spectrum August 4th through September 24th.  It will be on display in the ExploraZone gallery of the museum on the ground floor.

Viewing of the exhibit is included with standard museum admission.

This exhibit is made possible by the Helen Jones Foundation.