Since being establish in 2011, the Naranjo Museum of Natural History has been serving East Texans, and travelers from afar, with artifacts, fossils, and interactive activities to their hearts delight.
The museum is named after Dr. Neal Naranjo, who started his collection of artifacts and fossils at a young age after stepping on ancient arrowhead, after that you could say the rest is ‘history’.
“Dr. Naranjo’s collection grew so much and he really wanted the public to have access to it,” said Museum Manager Chloe Morrell. “We have dinosaurs, fossils, local Native American artifacts, the NASA exhibits, Ancient Egypt, we are pretty broad here!”
Many fossils housed in the museum, of which the collection has several thousand fossils, were dug up by Dr. Naranjo while on fossil excavations. Within the museum you can expect to see a glimpse into the many different eras that predate our own, with life-sized models of the always popular T-Rex, an actual moon rock collected during the Apollo 14 mission, and the Mary Ann Hadrosaur, found in 2008 during a Naranjo expedition in Montana.
The museum serves up to an estimated 60,000 children from 200 schools all over East Texas, providing untold amounts of knowledge from ancient cultures, our world over millions of years, and beyond our world completely. The highest priority of the Naranjo Museum of Natural History is being able to continue educating the public though their exhibits and programs that provide an affordable way to learn and keep it fun.
If you are interested in making a donation or volunteering your time at the museum, you can check out their website for more information.
The Naranjo Museum of Natural History is located at 5104 South 1st Street in Lufkin.
You can visit the museum Monday-Saturday 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM & Sundays 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM with last admissions being at 5:15 PM.
- Adults: $7.50
- Child (4-18): $5.00
- Child (3 & under): Free
Museum memberships are available as well as group tours at a discounted rate.
You can learn more and see what events are coming to the museum by visiting the Naranjo Museum of Natural History website or keeping up with the latest news on their Facebook page.
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