Peter D. Parks was awarded the Gordon E. Sawyer Award at the 2003 Academy Awards for his work on Bugs! A Rainforest Adventure.
The Museum is home to more than 150,000 historical and scientific objects with an emphasis on Texas and the Southwest. The science collection consists of many thousands of catalogued specimens that represent the disciplines of botany, entomology, malacology, ornithology, mineralogy, herpetology, mammalogy, invertebrate zoology, geology, meteoritic and paleontology.
The history collection encompasses a world-wide scope, ranging from pre-historic artifacts to items from many cultures from the late 1800s to the present. Included in this collection are hundreds of Pre-Columbian ceramic figures from Central America.
The Museum also houses a teaching collection of 22, 400 items that duplicate specimens and artifacts in the permanent collection. These items are used for hands-on activities, educational programming, and our Museum School © classes.