In February, the Texas Museum of Science & Technology (TXMoST), received a gift with dramatic impact for the museum and its visitors. Marty Martin, renowned philanthropist, professor, playwright and creator of museums, has made TXMoST the home to his extensive collection of fossils from around the world.
The collection, known as The Genesis Exhibit, spans 3.5 billion years of life on Earth, from the earliest single-celled organisms to dinosaurs and saber-toothed cats. Museum staff are currently unpacking, organizing and cataloging the items, said Torvald Hessel, founder and executive director of TXMoST.
Casts and originals of rare fossils include skeletons, skulls, claws, skin, eggs, insects, and plants gathered from several museums, including the Smithsonian Institution, The American Museum of Natural History, The Royal Ontario Museum, and the Carnegie Museum.
Some pieces are already on display. The museum will continue to add to the exhibition as pieces are unpacked and cataloged, said Tanya Laird, director of collections at TXMoST.