Baylor University’s most noteworthy public entity is the impressive Mayborn Museum Complex (1300 S. University Parks Dr., 254/710-1110, www.baylor.edu/mayborn , 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Mon.–Wed. and Fri.–Sat., 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Thurs., 1 p.m.–5 p.m. Sun., $6 adults, $5 seniors, $4 children 2–12). Waco’s  crossroads legacy is highlighted through the museum’s collection of natural, cultural, and historical exhibits showcasing the convergence of landscapes and people in Central Texas.
Features include a Native-American grass house, an authentic log cabin from the 1840s, a giant dinosaur model, and a remarkable collection of natural history items. Kids love the museum’s hands-on discovery center, and they can even feed the chickens at the outdoor historic village behind the main building.