Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History Day

The Cities of Bryan and College Station proclaim July 26th as Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History Day. Mayor Nancy Berry, City of College Station, and a representative of the City of Bryan will officially proclaim July 26th as Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History Day during the annual “Wish Upon a Butterfly” event in recognition of the Museum’s dedication to promoting science, cultural history, and natural history for 53 years.

The Museum was founded by the American Association of University Women in 1961 and originally named the Junior Museum of Natural History. Situated in the Brazos Center in partnership with Brazos County, the Museum was later renamed the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History in 1993 and is the only museum of natural history in a one-hundred-mile radius. As part of its mission, programs are provided to area schools and preschools, and the Museum hosts spring, summer and winter nature, science, and history camps, along with special programs on- and off-site for both adults and children.

The annual butterfly release will take place from 9am-11am, paying homage and well-wishes to celebration, childhood wonder, the memory and presence of loved ones; fallen or deployed service members, new beginnings and more. Following the light reception at check-in, guests will complete their written wishes--as a personal keepsake, for public display or both--and prepare to receive their butterfly(ies) for the 10am-release. During this time, guests will enjoy live music and free admission to the Museum exhibits including the observation bee hive and butterfly displays.

The Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History is open to visitors Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm, and from June 9 – August 22, Monday–Saturday 10am–5pm. Regular admission fees: adults $5; seniors/students/children $4; children 3 and under are free. For more information about this event and other exhibits, displays, events, programs and activities, please contact the Museum at 979-776-2195, visit us on the web at, or like the Museum on Facebook.