The Stark Museum of Art in Orange, Texas invites families to attend Great Explorers Family Day on Saturday, Jan. 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event will feature artists who went on expeditions throughout the American West to explore and document its beauty. A highlight of this event will be a visit from the Texas Camel Corps, allowing visitors to see live camels up close. Admission is free, and all ages are welcome.

At Great Explorers Family Day, guests will be entertained with a story about Thomas Moran, one of the famous explorer-artists of the American West. Also, children can search for clues during a scavenger hunt in the galleries to win a prize. Families will have the opportunity to try hands-on art activities. The Family Day event will include refreshments for those in attendance.

Outside the Museum, there will be camels from the Texas Camel Corps, lead by Doug Baum. Baum, who will be dressed in nineteenth century Army attire, will educate visitors about the camel’s role in Western exploration. Visitors will learn how these animals were introduced to aid military travel through the American Southwest before train transportation was available.

Amelia Wiggins, Educator of Public Programs, welcomes the public by saying, “We invite families to Great Explorers Family Day to learn about art and Western exploration. We hope that families will come to the Stark Museum of Art on Jan. 22 to see real camels and to learn about the history of these animals in America.” Wiggins reminds the public that the Stark Museum welcomes all ages, and children under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

This event will also serve as the opening day for the Museum’s new exhibit Lands Fit for the Camel: Images from the Mexican Boundary Surveys, which will be on display through April 16.

Located at 712 Green Avenue in Orange, Texas, the Stark Museum of Art is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is free for all ages. Group tours are available by appointment. For more information call 409-886-ARTS (2787) or visit