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Thomas Hart Benton, “Bootleggers” 1927 Reynolda House Museum of American Art, Winston Salem, North Carolina.

Courtesy of Reynolda House Museum of American Art

Spring break for many Waco schools, Baylor University and McLennan Community College finds many families with free time for trips to area museums. Here’s a quick look at some activities and exhibits worth a visit.

Spring Break in the Village, 1 to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday and March 14-18, Mayborn Museum, 1300 S. University Parks Drive; www.baylor.edu/mayborn

The Mayborn Museum’s Bill and Vara Daniel Historic Village will introduce visitors to 19th-century life with afternoon demonstrations of spring planting, daily chores, butter-making, coffee-bean grinding, children’s games and the like during two weeks of spring break. Spring break activities also include screenings of “Toy Story” at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. and visits from Mr. Potato Head at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays and Fridays-Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays, 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission: $6 for adults, $5 for senior adults and students, $4 for children 12 and younger; admission including special touring exhibit, $10, $9 and $5.

Spring Break Round Up, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 12, Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum, Interstate 35 and University Parks Drive; www.texasranger.org

Museum visitors can see a 19th-century Texas Ranger camp scene, manned by Texas Top Guns members, while a current active-duty Texas Ranger will talk about the Rangers’ present-day work.

Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission: $7, $6 for senior adults and military personnel, $3 children 6 to 12.

“Deadly Medicine: Creating The Master Race, “ through May 21, Bell County Museum, 201 N. Main St., Belton; www.bellcountymuseum.org

A look at Nazi Germany’s belief in “racial cleansing” through forced sterilization and genetic manipulation, dating from the international eugenic movement of the early 20th century. Produced by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., and presented by the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor’s Department of Christian Studies.

Hours: Noon to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays.

“American Epics: Thomas Hart Benton and Hollywood,” through May 1, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth; www.cartermuseum.org

More than 30 paintings and murals by 20th-century American painter Thomas Hart Benton reveal the influence of his early years as a set painter and his interest in telling stories on large screens. It’s the first major touring exhibit of Benton’s work in more than 25 years.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays, Fridays-Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.

“Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots,” through March 20, and “Saints and Monsters: Prints by Albrecht Durer,” through April 10, Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood, Dallas; www.dma.org

“Jackson Pollock: Blind Spots” looks at a later stage of black poured work by American abstract painter Jackson Pollock in addition to some of the colored drip paintings of the late 1940s for which he became famous. “Saints and Monsters: Prints by Albrecht Durer” focuses on prints in the DMA’s collection that examine Durer’s religious works.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Wednesdays and Fridays-Sundays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays.

“Focus: Glenn Kaino,” through April 17, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St., Fort Worth; themodern.org

California artist Glenn Kaino uses multimedia creations to explore themes of time and space colonization.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays-Thursdays and weekends, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays. Admission: $10, $4 students, free for children 12 and younger. Free admission on Sundays, half-price on Wednesdays.

“The Crusader Bible: A Gothic Masterpiece,” through April 3, Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Austin

“The Crusader Bible” features some 40 unbound pages of Old Testament stories from a 13th-century French illustrated manuscript, on loan from the Morgan Library & Museum in New York. Examples of medieval armor, a 17th century Judeo-Persian manuscript of Old Testament stories and 16th century Persian illustrations provide historical context.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission: $9 adults, $7 senior adults, $5 students, free for children 12 and younger.