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

Family Experience

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

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Immersive spaces

Art making

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

Stories of the West at the Nina Mason Pulliam Education Center

Cagle Family

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.”

Katrina Mitten (Miami Nation of Oklahoma)

Artist in Residence and Indian Market Artist

Education Center Photos

Thank You to Our Partners:

Design, production and construction by Shiel Sexton, McGuire Scenic, Inc. and Dye Woodworks