Travel Texas: Where to find one of the largest shell collections in the state

The Center for the Arts & Sciences offers something for everyone, from a tour back into history to exploring the furthest reaches of the universe.

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- Due to COVID-19 restrictions, only 25 visitors are allowed inside at a time. But once you do get in, you will be here for hours. There is that much to see and do, and this isn't just for kids. It's for grown ups too.

- So the [? B ?] Museum of Natural Science, it has quite a few exhibit areas, including malacology, which is the study of mollusks and seashells.

- The person that originated this museum was Mildred Tate. As she was a beachcomber, and what her vision was, was to have a place, where, mostly, children could come and learn about the shells of the area. But then we also had rocks and minerals, the fossils.

- Something like this is invaluable for our community in a place, where you can see dinosaurs and geodes, butterflies, and all the incredible colors, and just things that they offer for the kids to actually look at outside of a book is incredible to have here in our small community.

- Tuesdays through Saturdays, you can visit the Museum of Natural Science for free and explore all of the exhibit areas that are there. And then, of course, in the BASF planetarium, we create programs here in-house.

- A planetarium is a place for space entertainment and space education. Behind me is a star ball. This is what makes a correct sky up on the dome that you see. It creates all the stars in their correct positions and their correct brightness's. Because of COVID-19, we are not open at this time. We look forward to opening when we get the all clear, and it's OK for us to gather, again, and be a little closer to one another.

- We rely on those volunteers for their leadership, and for their program development, and for their program implementation. So without our volunteers, we wouldn't be able to do what we do here.