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    Haley Library

    by Basaic Updated Mar 13, 2012

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    The Haley Library houses over 25,000 books, paintings and other items dedicated to preserving Western Heritage. This material is available free of charge to anyone wishing to conduct research into the subject. Hours are 9 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday.

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    Midland Historical Museum

    by Basaic Written Mar 23, 2013

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    The Midland Historical Museum displays artifacts about the history of Midland including the early pioneers, Indian artifacts, veterans displays, and the alleged Midland Man (22,000 years ago). Hours are 2 PM to 5 PM Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

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    Summer Mummers

    by ron915 Written Aug 26, 2002

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    The Melodrama is a unique theatrical experience, invented in the USA. And nobody does it quite like The Summer Mummers, the oldest currently producing organization of its kind in the country. The Summer Mummers provide their own brand of entertainment to thousands of patrons each summer.

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    George T. & Gladys Hanger Abell Visitors Center

    by Basaic Written Jan 13, 2012
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    The George T. & Gladys Hanger Abell Visitors Center is also known as the Old Rankin Highway Visitors Center. The building is quite nice and this is a great place to begin your visit to Midland and the surrounding area. Here you can learn about accommodations and restaurants in town, along with attractions and shopping options. They also have displays and information about the history and development of area oil and ranching industries. The visitors center is located at Exit 136 from Interstate 20 in front of the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum.

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    Centennial Plaza

    by Basaic Written Jan 13, 2012
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    Nestled amidst the tall buildings of downtown Midland is a nice relaxing park with a few water fountains called Centennial Plaza. Centennial Plaza is located next to the Chamber of Commerce on the corner of Main Street and Lorraine.

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    Yucca Theatre

    by Basaic Written Jan 13, 2012
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    The Yucca Theatre was built in 1927 under the authority of Texas oilman and former Montana Senator T. S. Hogan. The theatre was multi-purpose with areas for broadway type shows, movies, and other forms of entertainment required by the growing wealth in the area from the oil industry. The building was designed by noted Fort Worth architect Wyatt C. Hedrick who used an elaborate facade with Gothic Revival detailing to create this unique and beautiful building. The Yucca Theatre still hosts a variety of entertainment options.

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    Brown-Dorsey House

    by Basaic Updated Jan 13, 2012
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    The Brown-Dorsey Home was built around 1899 and is the oldest surviving home in Midland. The home has been fully restored and furnished with items from the time period. It currently serves as a museum. It was closed for renovation when I came here.

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    Permian Basin Petroleum Museum

    by Basaic Updated Mar 14, 2012
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    The Permian Basin Petroleum Museum was established in 1975 to tell the story of the people and equipment that started the oil business in the Permian Basin which includes Midland. The museum has a number of fascinating displays (both indoors and outdoors) about the industry plus a nice display about racing. The museum is worth the $8 entry fee (for adults). Fees are $6 for seniors 65 and up/kids 12 to 17; and $5 kids 6 to 11. Hours are 10 AM to 5 PM Monday through Saturday and 2 PM to 5 PM on Sunday.

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    Outdoor Displays Permian Basin Petroleum Museum

    by Basaic Updated Mar 14, 2012
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    The Permian Basin Petroleum Museum has a number of interesting outdoor displays showing the history of the oil business in the area and its inner workings. One of the most interesting to me was the Santa Rita Well #2. It followed closely after the success of Santa Rita #1 the first large scale well in the Permian Basin.

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    Racing Displays

    by Basaic Updated Mar 14, 2012
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    The Permian Basin Petroleum Museum also has a room dedicated to auto racing. There were several nice Jim Hall Chaparral Cars on display along with other memorabilia. Innovations made in the development of these race cars are still in use today. Wish I could afford one of these!

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    George W. Bush Childhood Home

    by Basaic Written Mar 13, 2012
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    In 1950, future president George H. W. Bush, along with wife, Barbara and son George W. (also a future president) moved to Texas and a short time later into this small house in a quiet residential neighborhood of Midland. It is here that George W. and his younger brother Jeb spent their childhood. The home is now open for tours as a museum. The home is open Tuesday through Saturday 10 AM to 5 PM and Sunday 2 PM to 5 PM. It is closed on Mondays.

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    Commemorative Air Force Headquarters

    by Basaic Updated Mar 14, 2012
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    The Headquarters for the Commemorative Air Force is by the airport just west of Midland. The CAF was formed to preserve examples of aircraft from throughout the history of aviation in the United States (especially World War 2 military related) and selected aircraft from other countries. The unit conducts various demonstrations and educates the public. There are a number of locations throughout the country which offer a variety of activities. The museum houses the world's largest collection of nose art from when individual planes had distinctive designs. Every year there is an airshow with the World War 2 planes, that attracts thousands of visitors.

    The museum in Midland is open Tuesday through Saturday 9 AM to 5 PM.

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    Haley History Center

    by Basaic Updated Mar 14, 2012
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    Attached to the library is also a history center with a nice collection of saddles, spurs, and other items reflecting the Western Heritage. I was happy to note that the 3rd name listed on the Cowman's Award of Honor was Ted Gray whom I met in Alpine. The history center has one of the most extensive collections of memorabilia about Billy the Kid and the Lincoln County War. It also houses the original mission bell from the Alamo, which was cast in 1722!

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    Museum of the Southwest Complex

    by Basaic Written Mar 13, 2012
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    the Museum of the Southwest Complex in Midland is a collection of a number of different museums in one spot. There is something for everyone here ranging from art and science to a variety of displays aimed at the kids. The following tips will acquaint you with some of the possibilities. I am not putting a website on here because at the moment the site is under construction and just redirects you to a few Facebook Pages.

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    Blakemore Planetarium

    by Basaic Written Mar 13, 2012
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    Another museum I found fascinating was the Blakemore Planetarium. The Blakemore Planetarium offers educational opportunities on astronomy and space travel with photos and a number of more interactive exhibits.

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