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Take a Field Trip to Thurber!

The W.K. Gordon Center offers several TEKS-based educational programs to schools, homeschool groups, and scouts. A visit to the W.K. Gordon Center is a valuable supplement to enhance your students’ knowledge about Texas history and culture. The museum exhibits highlight the life, culture, and industry of Thurber, Texas. Once a town of 10,000, Thurber now is one of Texas’s most famous ghost towns!

At the museum, students will get a taste of life in a 19th and 20th-century town through dynamic, interactive activities and unique artifacts. Exhibits answer questions such as: What was it like mining underground? What did people do for fun? Where did they shop and what did they buy? What was it like to be an immigrant in Thurber?

                Kids in Theatre  House

Available Programs:

Programs are designed for 4th and 7th grade levels. However, they can be adapted for other age groups.

Scavenger Hunt: Students will explore all areas of Thurber through a short video and a hands-on scavenger hunt through the museum. They will get to read, touch, push buttons, listen and explore the museum to find answers about what life was like for the immigrant coal miners and brick workers of a company-owned town.

Self-Guided Tour: Teachers can guide students through the museum exhibits with their own curriculum in mind. The Gordon Center Education department will be more than happy to discuss appropriate activities for any grade level or class.

Science from the Center: We now offer a hands-on science field trip for 3rd-5th grade students. This program uses experiments to discuss how scientists use geology to discover oil in places like West Texas. This program is offered at the museum, but we can also bring it to your school as a traveling program. If you are interested in this option, please contact Shae Adams at either 254-968-1886 or

Middle and High School Programs: We also offer hands-on activities for middle and high school students including a labor union negotiation activity and an Instagram photo scavenger hunt. 

Looking for something else? We love to work with teachers to create programs focusing on particular topics. Feel free to contact us to see what program we can create for you!

Learn More: Check out our downloadable field trip brochure along with the list of TEKS fulfilled by our field trip experiences.

Field Trip Information and How To Schedule

Shae Adams handles all tour bookings. Please contact Shae at 254-968-1886 or

Field trips must be scheduled during operating hours and at least two weeks in advance.

Hours of Operation: Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 - 4:00 Sunday 1:00 - 4:00 Closed Monday

  • This year we are offering field trips free of charge.
  • All field trips are TEKS-based
  • Reserve about 1 to 1 ½ hours for your visit.
  • Bus parking is available and the Center is disabled accessible.
  • One adult chaperone required per 20 students.

 To schedule a tour please contact Shae Adams at 254-968-1886 or