Rearch and Learning Center

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The Research and Learning Center is a collaboration between
the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and the Southwest Center for Mind, Brain and Education. 

Our goal is to support the research of local scientists and their students by providing space, publicity, scheduling, and participants in a natural research setting. 


Developed with support from the National Living Laboratory, using funding from the National Science Foundation under Award Number 1113648.  Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation. 

Conduct your research in the RLC!

Now scheduling for summer and fall studies


Research Opportunities

  • Saturdays, 10 AM to 4 PM
  • Weekdays by request
  • Family Nights and Home School EventsThese are great weekday/weeknight opportunities for professors, students, and/or class assignments to do research, intervention, training, or other service in the RLC! --
  • RLC Collaborations with the Planetarium:
  • Digital Research
  • Live or near-live data visualization
  • Immersive environments (colors, sounds, etc.) can set the mood and change quickly and on cue.



Researcher Support and Benefits


  • Access to diverse participant pools

  • Potential to enlist more participants than through traditional recruitment methods

  • No participant compensation expense

  • Opportunities and support in communicating research topics to the public

  • Opportunities to strengthen both presentation and writing skills

  • Access to wide audience for dissemination

The Research and Learning Center, an outreach of the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History,

provides free services to researchers and universities.

For more information, contact Debbie Cockerham at


Fun Fact
When established in 1941, the Museum was the first children's museum in Texas and one of the first children's museums in the nation.

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