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Arts & Museums
Whether you are an alumni, current, or prospective student, the University of Texas of the Permian Basin is a campus worth visiting. The campus features a replica of Stonehenge, the Nancy Fyfe Cardozier Gallery, and a nationally accredited business school. Home of the falcons, UTPB is also proud of its reputation and involvement in research to better the economy of the Permian Basin.
The Center For Energy And Economic Diversification is located on the campus of the University of Texas of the Permian Basin which has a unique location between Odessa, Midland and the international airport. Spread across a whopping 300,000 square feet, this center houses the Petroleum Industry Alliance (PIA), Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the Economic Development Administration University Center (EDA), all which play a crucial role in the town's economy and employment. The center often plays host to press conferences, dinner parties, training sessions and chamber of commerce events. Check website for details.
Containing three different galleries, the Ellen Noel Art Museum, which is an affiliate of the Smithsonian, brings art to the people in Odessa. With a total space of almost 20,000 square feet (6096 square meters), each room has a different atmosphere to highlight and show off different and unique types of art. With both permanent and ever-changing exhibits, the quality of art is sure to be high. The museum first opened in 1985 and has been providing access to art to visitors and residents alike ever since. Classes and camps for adults and children are available through the non-profit museum.
Dedicated to those all those who have taken the oath of office for presidency of the United States rather than a single individual, the Presidential Museum and Leadership Library is the only one of its kind. Created after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, citizens of Odessa wanted to honor those who have held the office. The library and museum contain information on each of the presidents and many documents and paraphernalia relating to their lives and time in office.
This ranching headquarters was originally built in 1917. Jim Parker bought the house in 1934, and it has since been considered a historical gem of Odessa. The Cotswold style house opened to the public in 1996 as the Parker House Museum and features exhibitions that reflect the ranching and county history. The museum annually showcases the legacy of local ranching families with interviews, photos, and artifacts. Admission is free of charge, although donations are greatly appreciated.
On the National Register of Historic Places, the White-Pool House Museum is one of the older structures in the area. Built to resemble the home Charles and Lucy White had used in Indiana, the house now contains exhibits to illustrate what life was like in Odessa many years ago. A replica of a barn also teaches visitors about agriculture, and the barn can be rented as a venue to host special events. Admission is free.
Celebrating and remembering the men and women who were connected to the aircrafts of World War II is what the American Airpower Heritage Museum does best. The museum is a great way to learn about the history of the war that changed the course of human history forever. Permanent exhibits include nose art panels with pin-up like images, a Veterans Wall of Honor, and an American Combat Airman Hall of Fame. The museum also has a large collection of oral histories and encourages all aviation veterans of World War II to tell their story before it is too late. A library completes the grounds and summer camps are held for the children of the area.
Originally the structure was built to serve as a railroad station for the town of Texon, it has been passed around from one place to another since then. The structure has also been home to a feed store and attempted to be converted into a house. It has since been bought and restored to serve as a museum providing information about the history of railroads.
The crater here was formed probably about 50,000 years ago, in pre-historic times; there are four smaller craters in the area that were formed at the same time. The Odessa Meteor Crater Museum protects and takes care of these craters. It is well-facilitated and displays a number of items connected with the Odessa crater, like tektites, meteorites and other space material. The largest of them is a 300 pound meteorite, also displayed at the museum. The crater itself is about 500 feet wide and 15 feet deep, but it used to be approximately 100 feet (30.48 meters) deep.
For those of you interested in the petroleum industry, the Petroleum Museum is the place to visit when in Midland. This is the first museum of its kind and traces the history of the men and women who first helped to make the industry such a success. The facility houses murals and dioramas, and a special section on the relationship between transportation and petroleum which includes a real race-car. Every other year, the museum inducts members into its hall of fame, the likes of which includes George H.W. Bush. With a gift store and summer camps for kids, there is always something to learn or see at the Petroleum Museum.
The Folger Gallery is dedicated to bringing fine art to art collectors. You can shop online or venture into the store to find your favorite art pieces. From impressionism to realism, the gallery also stocks sculptures and prints. Other unique items include Ceramic Celtic Crosses and porcelain collectibles. Stop in to view these original art works, that are directly from the artist, and bring one home today.
Unlike any other library, the Haley Memorial Library and History Center is truly a destination for historians and writers interested in the West. This research facility contains volumes found nowhere else detailing life in the West for early settlers. A number of different authors and historians have used the research center to add detailed and accurate information to stories or accounts. So even if you aren't planning on writing a novel anytime soon, you should still stop in to learn a little something about the history of the west that helped to shape the psyche of the United States.