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Downtown museums open doors for Holiday Open House this Saturday

December 3, 2018

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For Immediate Release
Dec. 3, 2018
Downtown museums open doors for Holiday Open House this Saturday
Holiday decorations, miniature trains, hands-on activities, carolers, special exhibits and more will be available free to the public on Dec. 8 as the Downtown Tyler museums and cultural facilities hold the 11th Annual Holiday Open House from 4 to 8 p.m.

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The Goodman-LeGrand Museum, Cotton Belt Depot, Innovation Pipeline, Discovery Science Place, Gallery Main Street, the Smith County Historical Society, Tyler Public Library and the McClendon House will open their doors to the public in celebration of the holiday season. Each facility will feature its own special exhibits and activities during the event. All participating facilities will be easy to spot! Just look for the friendly and illuminated snowmen at each site.
The Goodman-LeGrand Museum at 624 N. Broadway will be decked out in period décor. Mrs. Claus will be there for the special day to read children stories. There will also be a scavenger hunt and holiday prizes given to those who find everything on the list! The museum will be open from 10 AM to 4 PM.
The Cotton Belt Depot at 210 E. Oakwood will have its traditional display of antique and miniature rail exhibits at the Train Museum. Be ready to have your picture taken, because Santa and his elves will be visiting! Refreshments will be provided.
Just across the street from the depot is the Innovation Pipeline at 217 E. Oakwood.  Guests can participate in a holiday pallet making class for a $20 fee or try their hands at a free craft. Innovation Pipeline will be open 1 to 8 PM and light refreshments will be provided from 5 to 8 PM.
Discovery Science Place at 308 N. Broadway will have all main galleries open for families to enjoy, plus music, a hands-on-mini experiment that allows children to create instant "snow", face painting and apple cider!
Free Admission is 5 to 8 PM. As part of the annual event, DSP ask that you bring canned food as a donation for free entrance to benefit the East Texas Food Bank.
Gallery Main Street at 110 W. Erwin will offer refreshments for all, and visitors will have the opportunity to purchase unique items made by locals. The Open House will be the first opportunity for the public to purchase the hand-made, original items and meet with Artists and Makers. The market will be open until Jan. 7.
Smith County Historical Society at 125 S. College will serve refreshments and offer visitors the opportunity to see a new exhibit of Dr. Kerfoot Walker’s collection of whimsical blown egg art. Nell Burnett was known as Tyler's "Easter Egg Lady" when the Walker family would collect the eggs as a tradition. She created whimsical characters out of the eggs like dinosaurs, a helicopter, Mickey and Minnie, Scarecrow and Tinman, and many more. Enjoy face painting, crafts, and a family friendly scavenger hunt through the museum.
The McClendon House at 806 W. Houston will provide a glimpse into Christmases past in Tyler. The event will include tours of the home with docents in each room to provide information, plus refreshments.
The Tyler Public Library at 201 S. College will host a Shop Local event in the Library Lobby on December 8th featuring local vendors. Check out items from Galaxy Gear, local Fiber ARTists, and various other vendors. 10% of all profits will be given to the Library for programming. Vendors will be available until 30 minutes before we close.
The Library Maker Space will provide the opportunity to make your own snow from 2 to 3 PM!
Heart of Tyler, Inc. at 108 S. Broadway, will be hosting its 'Art Walk'in in a Winter Wonderland' at seven (7) downtown locations with local artists displaying fabulous art work to make your Christmas shopping a breeze! Begin the Art Walk at the Heart of Tyler, Inc. office to pick up your map, and enjoy holiday cheer refreshments and musical entertainment!
“One of Downtown Tyler’s best-kept secrets is the wonderful collection of museums and cultural facilities we have in the heart of our city, and this event is one way we can share these treasures with the public.” Amber Rojas-Varona, Main Street Director
In addition, Liberty Hall welcomes back Johnny Rogers, aka Buddy Holly, for a holiday show perfect for the whole family. Join Buddy as he rocks and rolls away your holiday blues with a mixture of classic rock n' roll and Christmas time favorites. This is an acclaimed Christmas concert. Make sure to get your tickets early so you don't miss out. Tickets may be purchased online at
For more information, call the Tyler Main Street office at (903) 593-6905 or email
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