New Discovery Area
Nina Mason Pulliam Education Center
Inside the Nina Mason Pulliam Education Center – the space that includes the R.B. Annis Western Family Experience – opportunities for play, discovery, and creativity abound. The newly renovated center includes immersive spaces that will unlock imaginations and foster learning for all ages.
A Brand New
Since 2010, children and grown-ups alike have enjoyed exploring the West through play in the R.B. Annis Western Family Experience. The reconstruction of the canal level education center transformed the area to focus on five diverse families of the contemporary West. Families can enjoy a re-envisioned Cagle Family Gateway to Learning, home to the Stephen and Sharon Zimmerman Resource Center, Watanabe Family Library, and the TCU and Dr. Ann H. Hunt studios.
Education Center Features
Library and resource center
Quiet sensory room
Space for nursing mothers
Hands-on play and activities
Five Diverse Stories of the West
Designed with our youngest visitors in mind, a journey through the discovery area will unlock imaginations and feature:
The Yeltatzie and Wallace families (Haida) and the Legend of Wasgo Totem Pole
The Wisdom family and their multigenerational Mexican restaurant, Wisdom’s Café
The Morrison family and their livestock ranch from Floresville, Texas
The Shew family, reflecting their commitment to the fields of medicine and education
The Hansen family and the Eiteljorg’s popular stagecoach and wagon-wheel activity
Gateway to Learning
A place for the whole family, this area includes the museum’s TCU and Dr. Ann H. Hunt studios, Watanabe Family Library, and Stephen and Sharon Zimmerman Resource Center. Visitors can sit and relax, enjoy reading together, do research, create art, complete a puzzle or two, and discover the many books and resources available. This newly renovated space also includes a quiet room for guests who need a break from the action, and a nursing room for the museum’s youngest visitors and their caregivers.
Educating Future Generations
“The opportunity to educate children and get them, at a young age, to learn about the Miami people is very special – at a time when they are able to retain information and feel comfort in asking their questions and receiving an answer they can understand.”
Education Center Photos
Thank You to Our Partners:
Design, production and construction by Shiel Sexton, McGuire Scenic, Inc. and Dye Woodworks