Texas Memorial Museum has a new name: it is now the Texas Science and Natural History Museum.
The name change comes ahead of the grand reopening of the museum this September. The new name communicates the focus and mission of the 86-year-old museum, which houses extensive fossil exhibits and more, while also highlighting leading research discoveries from across the sciences.
“As the only science and natural history museum in Central Texas, the new name tells the public exactly what they can expect when they come through the doors,” said Carolyn Connerat, museum managing director.
Texas Memorial Museum is not disappearing altogether. The words remain carved in the façade of the historic building on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin, and maps of campus will continue to refer to the historic name for a little while longer. Plans are in the works, too, for future exhibit inside the building to help inform visitors about the history and creation of Texas Memorial Museum as part of the Texas Centennial.
“The name is literally carved in stone on the building. This will always be the Texas Memorial Museum building,” Connerat said. “The new name informs our visitors that they will discover science and natural history when they visit the museum."