There are a variety of sculptures all over the grounds of the Museum of the Southwest Complex so allow yourself plenty of time to wander and enjoy. Maybe I am artistically ignorant but I still prefer art that I can tell what I am seeing without consulting the sign.more
The Juliette and Fred Turner Gallery is housed in a 1934 mansion that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The building itself, and the pieces on the grounds, are fascinating. There is a variety of art, much related to the art of the Southwest, nestled amongst the interior details like hand-painted tiles and Italian Marble...more
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...more
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...more
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.more
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...more
The Fredda Turner Durham Children's Museum provides children of all ages with a variety of interactive environments to acquaint them with a child-size city complete with a bank, grocery store, television station and much more. There are exhibits for all ages and a play area for the really young kids. Hours are 10 AM to 5 PM Tuesday through Saturday...more
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...more
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...more
Because of the oil boom, rooms in Midland have gotten VERY expensive. The West Texas Inn and Suites,...more
5509 Deauville Blvd, Midland, Texas, 79703, United States
Good for: Families
5612 Deauville Blvd, Midland, Texas, 79706, United States
Good for: Couples
The environment here is very nice, they have 2 stories. Upstairs is the bar area and downstairs is the dining area. We just went here for after-work drinks. I had the frozen margaritas, which were very good. The chips & salsa are complimentary and very addictive!more
They have 5 different dance rooms, with each one feauturing a different kind of music. For example: 1) Country 2)70s and 80s 3) Top 40 4) Tejano 5) and Karaoke.
Club Schedule (as of Nov. 2002)
Sunday: Lone Star Sundays-$1.00 Shinerbock & $1.50 well, wine & longnecks all night. Cover is $3.00 all night.
Monday: Teen Night-Tobacco & alcohol free environment for 20 and under. 7:00pm-10:45pm . Every Monday throughout summer.
Wednesday: Ladies Night-Ladies 21 and up are FREE all night. Men & women 18-20 are $12.00. Men 21 and up are $6.00. $.10 well, wine & longnecks from 6:00pm-10:00pm .
Thursday: HIP/Crush Night-18 & up, $3.00 all night, or FREE w/HIP card (special VIP pass for those who are employed in the service industry). $1.50 well, wine & longnecks all night.
Friday: Ladies Night II-Ladies 18 & up are FREE until 10:00pm , $3.00 after 10:00pm . Men 18-20 are $8.00, 21 & up are $6.00. $.29 single shot mix drinks & longnecks, from 7:00pm-11:00pm .
Saturday: Men & women 21 & up FREE before 8:00pm , $6.00 after 8:00pm . Men & women 18-20 are $12.00 all night. $.50 well, wine, & longnecks 6:00pm-9:30pm .
I have not actually flown into Midland International Airport, I prefer to drive. I wanted to let you know the airport is here though. It is served by United, American, Continental and Southwest Airlines, and is the closest airport to Big Bend National Park.
African "Killer" Bees have made it to Midland. There was a hive near the Commemorative Air Force Headquarters when I visited. These bees can be dangerous so if you see a sign like this be careful!
Midland is a decent sized city of about 111,000 and is the county seat of Midland County. The town was founded in 1881 as the midpoint between Fort Worth and El Paso. It is the hometown of former First Lady Laura Bush and the one time home of both former presidents Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush. Midland was a big part of the Texas oil rush when oil was discovered in the Permian Basin and is the home of the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum. Midland was recently picked by the AARP as one of the Top 10 Best Places To Live (and Retire) Affordably in the U.S.
Fondest memory: Walking around the downtown area and the Southwest Museum Complex.