Step into a world frozen in time at the Whiteside Museum of Natural History (WMNH), a hidden gem nestled in the heart of Seymour, Texas. Established in 2013 through the unwavering dedication of Judge Clyde E. Whiteside, this 501(c)3 non-profit corporation stands as a testament to his philanthropic vision and commitment to preserving the paleontological treasures of Seymour and Baylor County.
Judge Whiteside’s lifelong dream of creating a natural history museum has resulted in a haven for both curious minds and avid explorers. With a remarkable tally of around 44,000 visitors to date, including an astounding 11,000 school children on free educational trips, WMNH has undoubtedly become a beacon of knowledge for the community and beyond.
Immerse yourself in the fascinating world of ancient life that once inhabited North Texas as you wander through the museum’s interactive exhibits. Be captivated by the stories of creatures that roamed the earth millions of years ago, brought to life by intricate displays and engaging narratives. A highlight among the museum’s treasures is Bonnie, the awe-inspiring complete skeleton of the legendary finback reptile, Dimetrodon. Discovered by the WMNH Paleontology team in 2017, this 287 million-year-old fossil stands as a testament to the area’s rich paleontological heritage and now enchants all visitors.
And that’s not all – step outside and be greeted by a colossal 15-foot-long metal sculpture of a Dimetrodon, an iconic symbol of Seymour’s natural history. This outdoor exhibit, unveiled in 2018, serves as a reminder of the profound connection between the town and its prehistoric past.
WMNH isn’t just a museum; it’s a thriving community of volunteers who are just as passionate about preserving history as Judge Whiteside was. With around 30 active members, the volunteer program is a testament to the museum’s commitment to community involvement. What’s more, this program provides valuable opportunities for senior citizens to engage in healthy and active community service, transforming them into expert tour guides and proficient paleontology preparation technicians.
So, whether you’re an aspiring paleontologist, a history buff, or a curious soul seeking knowledge, the Whiteside Museum of Natural History invites you to embark on a journey through time. Join us in celebrating the legacy of Judge Clyde E. Whiteside and explore the wonders that Seymour’s ancient past holds.