Museum is an educational, scientific, cultural, and research
element of Texas Tech University. It consists of several components:
the main Museum building, the Moody Planetarium, the Natural
Science Research Laboratory, and the Lubbock Lake National Historic Landmark.
The Museum of Texas Tech University was
first accredited by the American Association of Museums in 1990.
It received continuing accreditation in 1998 and 2008. Accreditation by
the AAM demonstrates "a professional level of operation
in accordance with the standards of excellence prescribed by
the American Association of Museums..." The 2008 accreditation
certification will be current until 2018.
The Museum of Texas Tech University, as an education resource for a diverse audience, collects, researches, and disseminates information about the natural and cultural heritage of local and related regions.
Statement of Purpose
Established in 1929, the Museum is an educational, scientific, cultural, and research element of Texas Tech University. It is a not-for-profit institution by virtue of being a part of Texas Tech University. The Museum's purpose is to support the academic and intellectual mission of Texas Tech University through the collection, preservation, documentation, and research of scientific and cultural material and to disseminate information about those collections and their scientific and cultural topics through exhibition, interpretation, and publication for primary, secondary, and higher education students, the scholarly community, and the general public. The Museum aspires to provide the highest standard of excellence in museological ethics and practices, while pursuing continuous improvement, stimulating the greatest quantity of quality research, conservation, interpretation, exhibition, and education, and providing support for faculty, staff, and students. The Museum is a multi-faceted institution that includes the main building, the Helen Devitt Jones Auditorium and Sculpture Court and Auditorium, Moody Planetarium, Natural Science Research Laboratory, and Lubbock Lake National Historic Landmark, an archaeological and historic natural preserve.
History of the
Museum of TTU
The Museum was founded as the West Texas
Museum in 1929, shortly after Texas Technological College was
chartered in 1925.
Dr. William Curry Holden served as its first
director until 1969 when he retired. He oversaw the construction
of the first building, which began as a basement only, through
the completion of that facility, to the construction and occupation
of the current buildings in 1970. Dr. Holden also identified
the first Folsom projectile points from the Lubbock Lake area
which became the Lubbock Lake Landmark, an internationally recognized
center for studies of early man in the New World. In the 1990s
the site was jointly operated by TTU and the Texas Parks &
Wildlife Department as Lubbock Lake Landmark State Historical
Park. During that time, several new buildings were constructed
including the Robert A. "Bob" Nash Interpretive Center
and the Quaternary Research Center. In 1999, the state historical
park was fully transferred to Texas Tech University under the
supervision and care of the Museum of TTU, and returned to the
name Lubbock Lake Landmark.
Current building under construction c. 1969.
When the Museum moved into its present
quarters at 3301 4th Street, the former, central-campus
building was converted into classroom and office spaces and renamed
Holden Hall. The newly relocated and reorganized museum was renamed
the Museum of Texas Tech University and, shortly thereafter,
the Natural Science Research Laboratory (NSRL) was added.
Significant additions to the MoTTU have
occurred over the past 31 years including the establishment of
the Ranching Heritage Center (dedicated in 1976 and reorganized
as a separate University department in 1998), the construction
of permanent interpretation and research facilities at the Lubbock Lake Landmark (1990), the building of the Diamond M Wing to house
the spectacular Diamond M Fine Art Collection (1995), the addition
of the spacious Helen Jones Auditorium and Sculpture Court Wing
(2001), the 18,000+ sq.ft. NSRL addition in 2004, and an educational space addition to the Nash Interpretive Center at the Landmark in 2007.
In addition to physical plant growth,
the collections have continued to increase steadily. In 2000,
the collections number in the neighborhood of three million objects
and specimens. Today they total over five million objects. The Museum of TTU is a vital, growing institution
that will continue to provide education and entertainment to
the university and surrounding communities, and all who visit
far into the future.
COMPONENTS of the
Museum of Texas Tech University
(click on each compenent below to see more detail)
• Diamond M Gallery
• Helen DeVitt Jones Auditorium
& Sculpture Court
• Moody Planetarium
• Natural Science Research Laboratory
• Lubbock Lake National Historic Landmark
The Museum of TTU (MoTTU) is a major general
museum with collections in the arts, humanities, and the sciences
numbering over 5 million objects. Temporary and permanent exhibitions
in the social and natural sciences, and visual arts are presented
in the main building on both the first and second floors. The
Museum Shop offers items for purchase
that relate to the mission of the Museum. The Museum is the working
laboratory for the Museum Science Program, which trains graduate students in the philosophies, theories,
and practices of the museum profession and awards a Master of Arts degree. Click for directions, public hours, or to contact
the Museum. For 24/7 information, call 806.742.2490.
ADMISSION to the Museum
is FREE, as is public parking in the 4th Street and Indiana Avenue lots.
The Diamond M Gallery wing was added
to the Museum building in 1996 to house and exhibit the large
and impressive collection of the late Clarence Thurston
and Evelyn Claire Littleton McLaughlin. The wing consists of three public galleries and a non-public
basement for work and storage. Most of the Diamond M
Art Collection has been on display in the galleries
and the shows are changed periodically to allow the collection
to be available to visitors, as one of the wishes of the Diamond
M Foundation, donor of the collection, was that the
collection be available for public enjoyment and education.
William C. and Evelyn M. Davies Gallery of Southwest Indian Art
The William C. and Evelyn M. Davies Gallery of Southwest Indian Art is an outgrowth of generous donations by the Davies' from their extensive collections of Southwest Native American pottery, textiles, and paintings, along with funding for creation of this gallery to showcase these outstanding collections. Both Mr. and Mrs. Davies continue to be active collectors of Native American art.
Jones Auditorium and Sculpture Court
Helen DeVitt Jones, philanthropist and
patron, had a dream that the Museum should be a place for everyone
to enjoy and for it to be a cultural hub for the community. Following
her death in 1997, The CH Foundation, Inc., provided funds to
construct a much needed auditorium and sculpture court for public
programs and events. The resulting 48,000 square foot addition
to the Museum building includes both the main features mentioned
and much more. Such facilities as a catering kitchen, ADA restroom
facilities, Green Room/Classroom, backstage area with dressing
rooms, and Special Exhibitions Gallery are part of the new wing
which opened on April 1, 2001. The monumental outdoor sculpture "Landmark" by Horace Farlowe graces the circle at the west entry to the Jones wing. For interior and exterior photos,
The Moody Planetarium, originally an 82-seat,
30'-diameter domed auditorium equipped with an A4 Spitz Starball
projector, has undergone extensive renovation, chiefly funded by the Museum of TTU Association. When it reopened in 2006, the planetarium boasted state-of-the-art equipment and programs. The newly outfitted, 71-seat Moody Planetarium offers daily public shows and specially
scheduled school programs about science and astronomy, along with exciting laser and sounds shows. See the Moody Planetarium webpage for show offerings, times, and admission pricing.
For more information about
the Moody Planetarium, during business hours call 806.742.2432,
after hours call 806.742.2490 for a recording, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Science Research Laboratory
The Natural Science Research Laboratory (NSRL) is a division of the Museum of Texas Tech University committed to the mission of building and preserving a library of our planet's natural heritage for education and research purposes. The NSRL has been recognized as a leader in the development and use of innovative methodologies for biological collections care and data management.
The NSRL maintains four major natural history collections: Mammals, Birds, Invertebrates, and Genetic Resources. These collections are available to researchers at academic, scientific, and government institutions around the world for scientific investigation, discovery, and problem-solving in the natural sciences. The causes and impacts of animal-borne diseases, environmental pollutants, parasites, climate change, habitat loss, geographic isolation, and natural evolutionary processes and speciation are just a few examples of the investigations that can be conducted utilizing specimens and tissues archived in the NSRL’s collections. Further, the resources of the NSRL are utilized by the academic and scientific communities to train and educate students at the undergraduate and graduate levels for careers in the natural sciences as well as museum science.
Please visit the NSRL website for more information. As a research facility, the NSRL generally is not available for public viewing. However, guided educational tours for groups may be arranged by contacting the Education Division, 806.742.2432.
Lubbock Lake National Historic Landmark
The Lubbock Lake National Historic Landmark, a renowned North American
archeological site, contains a complete cultural record from
the Clovis Period (12,000 years ago) through historic times,
making Lubbock one of the oldest communities in the world! The
Landmark is home to the Robert A."Bob" Nash Interpretive
Center, housing exhibits on the history of the site, the Lubbock Lake National Historic Landmark Learning Center,
offering tours of the site daily, and the archeological facility,
the Quaternary Research Center, where ongoing investigations
are conducted into the ancient history of the region.
ADMISSION to the Lubbock Lake National Historic Landmark
is FREE, as is the parking in the adjacent Landmark Lane lot.
Lubbock Lake National Historic Landmark is located north
of the intersection of Loop 289 and Clovis Highway (US 84) on
Landmark Lane, across from Burl Huffman Athletic Complex. Click
for directions and public
hours. For more information, call 806.742.1116, or email
to email@example.com. Web URL: lubbocklake.musm.ttu.edu
of TTU (Museum, Moody
Planetarium, & NSRL)
The main Museum complex
is located on the SE corner of 4th Street and Indiana Avenue (3301 4th Street),
across from the TTU Health Sciences Center and UMC Hospital.
Free public parking is available in 4th Street and Indiana Avenue lots. Admission to the Museum is free of charge.
- From the south on US 84 (Slaton Hwy), travel north (becomes Avenue Q) to
4th Street, turn left (west) to Indiana Avenue.
- From Interstate 27, take the 4th Street exit, travel west
to Indiana Avenue.
- From the northwest on US 84 (Clovis Hwy), travel east to Indiana
Avenue and turn right (south) for approximately 1 mile to 4th Street.
- From the southwest on Marsha Sharp Fwy (US 62), exit onto Quaker Avenue north, travel north to 4th Street, then turn right (east).
3301 Fourth Street
Box 43191, Lubbock, Texas 79409-3191
Telephone: Business Hours, 8-5 weekdays - 806.742.2490
After hours recording and voice mail at 806.742.2490
E-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lubbock Lake National Historic Landmark
Lubbock Lake National Historic Landmark
is located at North Loop 289 and the Clovis Hwy (US 84) on Landmark
Lane, just north of the Clovis Hwy and west of the Burl Huffman
Athletic Complex. Free public parking is available on the hill
above the Robert A. "Bob" Nash Interpretive Center. Admission to the LLL is free of charge.
- From the south
on US 84 (Slaton Hwy), follow Avenue Q (US 84) to the Clovis Hwy (US 84), to
north edge of city. Watch for signs on the right.
- From Interstate 27, take the North Loop 289 (travel west),
watch for signs on right.
- From the northwest on Clovis Hwy (US 84), watch for signs
on left as you enter the city limits.
- From the southwest on the Marsha Sharp Fwy (US 62), take North Loop
289 to Clovis Hwy exit. Watch for signs.
North Loop 289
and the Clovis Hwy (US 84) on Landmark Lane
Box 43191, Lubbock, Texas 79409-3191
Email to: email@example.com
ROOM RENTAL INFORMATION
Museum of TTU: Tuesday - Saturday, 10am to 5pm; Sunday, 1 to 5pm; Closed Monday
Lubbock Lake National Historic Landmark: Tuesday
- Saturday, 9am to 5pm, and 1 to 5 PM on Sunday; Closed Monday
National holidays: i.e., Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Memorial Day,
4th of July, Thanksgiving Day and weekend, Christmas Eve through New Year's