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Featured Five: Best Ways to Experience the Arts in Midland

With gorgeous sunsets, a rich history, and a spirit for creating, it’s no wonder Midland, TX, has a fantastic scene of accessible art to enjoy. Our natural landscape alone has inspired artists for generations. We invite you to experience it yourself. Check out our Featured Five best easy-to-experience art in Midland!

1. Public Art

Murals of Midland – Find the Midland murals and snag a quick selfie! The Oil Rigs Mural on the corner of N. Big Spring Street and W. Illinois Avenue shows off our oil and gas industry background. Another great Midland mural, appropriately titled “Greetings From Midland,” can be found at Volunteer Park.

Blue Door – A well-crafted cocktail paired with art is a satisfying combo for a creative mind. This cocktail bar offers local art available to enjoy or purchase! Grab a creatively crafted cocktail and check out all of the pieces on display. 

2. Art Museums & Galleries

Museum of the Southwest  – Make your way to The Turner Memorial Art Museum on the Museum of the Southwest campus for exquisite permanent and rotating exhibits. There are more than 1,700 works of art at this must-see Midland jewel.

Permian Basin Petroleum Museum – The Petroleum Museum isn’t all about oil. They also have a mineral gallery showcasing some of nature’s most beautiful and rare wonders. The gallery hosts more than 90 glimmering mineral specimens from around the world.

3. Performing Arts

Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center – Art takes the stage at this shining star of West Texas. A performance at Wagner Noël is unmatched. Keep an eye on their calendar for an opportunity to take in an event in this beautiful performance space, whether you’re interested in ballet, comedy, a traveling Broadway show, or a concert.

4. Artistic Events

Celebration of the Arts Festival – This locally loved summer festival is the longest-running downtown event in Midland! Stop by to see local entertainers and performers, non-profit organizations, and family-friendly activities throughout the weekend. 

5. Hands-On

Durham Children’s Museum – Perfect for the little ones; check out Works of Art + Mommy & Me Classes at the Durham Children’s Museum. These classes focus on artistic techniques highlighted in the museum’s current exhibitions and are geared toward children ages 0-5. Get creative with your little ones at this free-of-charge class.

The Pottery – Step 1: Choose your pottery. Step 2: Let your creativity flow and paint your creation to perfection. The Pottery is loved by children and adults alike, and it’s so satisfying to choose, create, and pick up your creation to enjoy at home. They also host camps, parties, and adult nights.

There are so many ways to enjoy art in Midland. Whether it’s a performance, hands-on, straight out of nature, or a beloved festival  – join us and get creative!