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The Whiteside Museum of Natural History in Seymour, Texas is proud to announce the first annual “Permian Fest”, which will be held from February 24th, through the 26th. The festival will include three days of unique, science and paleontology theme vendors, food trucks, and professional lectures. On the evening of Saturday, February 25th, the event will include a fundraiser dinner and silent auction benefiting the longevity of the museum and its educational programming.

Professional Lecture Series

Permian Fest will offer multiple lectures throughout each day of the lecture series from prominent scientists in the paleontology industry. Tickets may be purchased for each day of the lecture lineup or for the full series.  

For Schools!

We cordially invite and encourage schools to take advantage of the free-for-schools WMNH Professional Lecture Series and consider bringing their students on Friday, February 24th. 

For more information or to schedule your students, please feel free to call the Whiteside Museum of Natural History at 940-889-6548 or send us an email at

You can't come in person?

We will be live streaming our lectures with ZOOM!

Please be courteous of our lectures and live audience and leave your microphones turned off during the lectures.


8:45 AM - 11:30 AM

12:30 PM - 3:00 PM


8:45 AM - 11:45 AM

1:00 PM - 3:45 PM


9:45 AM - 11:30 AM

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Educational Workshops Schedule Coming Soon

Ticket Options


  • $350 per day (8 slots available per day).



  • $35 for adults and $25 for children.

  • Ticket covers full day of lectures

  • Comes with FREE Museum Admission


  • $10 for adults

  • $7 for children

Permian Fest Dinner 

Ticket sales end Feb 21st, 2024

  • $50 for non-members

  • $35 for members


Full Event Package

  • includes dig workshops, lectures, and fundraiser dinner.

  • $1,200 (You save $285!)


Tickets/Event Schedule:

Dig workshops (February 19th - 22nd, 2023)


Sunday: Feb.19.23

  • 8 AM to 2 PM Dig Workshop

  • 8 spots each day

Monday: Feb.20.23

  • 8 AM to 2 PM Dig Workshop

  • 8 spots each day

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Tuesday: Feb.21.23

  • 8 AM to 2 PM Dig Workshop

  • 8 spots each day


Wednesday: Feb.22.23

  • 8 AM to 2 PM Dig Workshop

  • 8 spots each day

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Friday: Feb.24.23

  • Lectures (SOLD OUT)

  • Vendors

  • Food Trucks

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Saturday: Feb.25.23

  • Lectures

  • Vendors

  • Food Trucks

  • Ashley Hall Book Signing

  • Holly Simon Book Signing

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Permian Fest Dinner

  • Keynote Speaker

  • Silent Auction

  • Raffle

  • Buffet Dinner

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Sunday: Feb.26.23

  • Lectures

  • Vendors

  • Food Trucks

  • Workshops 

Vendor List

  • Dinos Will Always Be Awesome

  • Simply Sketching

  • Paleo Pals

  • Dale Novak Illustrations

  • Steve Bush Illustrations

  • Eddies Rocks & Relics

  • The Three Rivers

  • Copper Breaks State Park

  • Austin Paleo Society

  • Dallas Paleo Society

  • Still Crazy Arts and Crafts

  • Rockit Jewelry

  • River Bend

  • Texas Master Naturalists

  • Fossil Quest

  • Stockton Skulls


  • Maxed Out Design

Guests of Honor

  • Dr. Robert Bakker

  • Dr. Scott Persons

  • Carl Mehling

  • Amelia Zietlow

  • Cate Larsen

  • Mike Eklund

  • Evelyn Vollmer

  • Myria Perez

  • Cody Schulte

  • James Washington

  • Travis Nolan

  • Jimmy Waldron

  • Ashley Hall

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