The Memorial Day weekend kicks off summer travels for many families, some of whom might be looking for a museum or art gallery visit to work into a city visit.

Dallas artist Erika Huddleston found Waco Creek continually surprised her in the seven months she painted the stream, disappearing from public view at times, resurfacing in hard concrete channels at others.

Many families find summers zoom by too fast — well, for kids at least — and the latest touring exhibit at the Mayborn Museum may accelerate that sense, at least during a museum visit and simulated race.

The holiday break offers a chance to travel out of town, and while most day trips to Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin and beyond involve shopping (at least before Christmas), those destinations do have touring art exhibits that some may want to see. Here’s a quick overview of some notable shows.

Some are famous, like opera singer Jules Bledsoe and Navy hero Doris Miller. Others, like the laborers laying track for a rail line near the Waco Suspension Bridge or a streetside table of Camp Fire Girls, are largely anonymous.

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.

Christmas would be much drearier without the arts — music, visual arts, theater, dance — to amplify the joy of its celebration. The arts, too, also can play a part in holiday gift-giving — think paintings, photography, sculpture, clothing, accessories, ceramics, play and concert tickets and the like — and both local artists and arts organizations hope shoppers consider them in the weeks ahead.

Kenneth Hafertepe can read a house like a history book. Its design and building materials, its age, its location and its owners all contribute clues that add up to a broader history of a neighborhood, a town or a region.

BELTON — The nationally touring exhibit “For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights” takes a look at the civil rights movement from the vantage of how it looked: the visual context of media coverage and how it changed public opinion.

Just two days away from celebrating the site’s 50-year anniversary, the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum received a $100,000 donation Thursday at the State Fair of Texas in Dallas.

For Thursdays in July, we’re profiling some of the smaller museums in Central Texas for summer day trips, educational visits or simply contact with the new and different.

For Thursdays in July, we’re profiling some of the smaller museums in Central Texas for summer day trips, educational visits or simply contact with the new and different.

The Texas Top Guns from Palestine donned their old-time Texas Ranger outfits and gave visitors a view of early law enforcement Saturday at the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum.

The Mayborn Museum’s touring exhibit for the spring, “Weebles Coast to Coast,” samples what’s notable or interesting about each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, providing young visitors a hands-on activity for most of those states.

Baylor University’s Martin Museum of Art draws from its permanent collection for its summer exhibition and, like a magician pulling rabbits from a hat, always seems to find a few surprises for viewers.