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8 of 15 Types of Texas Recreational Facilities--Museums
Ivan Gillis
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Texas Museums

 

Central Texas

 

Includes the cities of AustinBryanBurnetFredericksburgGonzalesKerrvilleLa GrangeNew BraunfelsSan AntonioSan MarcosSeguinWacoWest.

Counties included are BanderaBastropBellBexarBlancoBosqueBrazosBurlesonBurnetCaldwellComalComancheCoryellFallsFayetteFreestoneGillespieGrimesHamiltonHaysHillKendallKerrKimbleLampasasLeeLeonLimestoneLlanoMadisonMasonMcLennanMilamMillsRobertsonSan SabaTravisWashingtonWilliamson County, and Wilson.

Museum name

City

Type

Summary/Refs

1st Cavalry Division Museum

Fort Hood

Military

History of the 1st Cavalry Division, a rapidly deployable heavy armored division of the United States Army[1][2]

Agriculture Heritage Museum

Boerne

Agriculture

Antique tractors, butter churns, wagons, cider making, corn shelling, farm tools and equipment[3]

American Legion Post 157 Military Museum

Bandera

Military

Includes uniforms, models of airplanes, ships, helicopters, tanks, armored personnel carriers[4]

Anderson Mill and Robinson Museum

Volente

Local history

Operated by the Anderson Mill Gardeners, working replica water-powered grist mill[5]

Armstrong Browning Library

Waco

Multiple

Part of Baylor University, changing exhibits from its collections of literary works, art, decorative arts, Elizabeth Barrett Browning and her family

Art Center Waco

Waco

Art

[7]

Artpace

San Antonio

Art

Contemporary art center

Austin Fire Museum

Austin

Firefighting

Located in Central Fire Station No. 1

Austin History Center

Austin

Local history

Local history collection of the Austin Public Library, features changing exhibits from its collections

Austin Museum of Digital Art

Austin

Art

Digital art

Austin Nature & Science Center

Austin

Natural history

Located in Zilker Park, hands-on nature exhibits, live animals[8]

B-RI Railroad Museum

Teague

Railroad

Trinity and Brazos Valley Railway Depot and Office Building located on NRHP, also local history exhibits [23]

Barney Smith's Toilet Seat Art Museum

San Antonio

Commodity

Collection of toilet seats[9][10]

Bastrop County Historical Society Museum

Bastrop

Local history

Located in a 1930s fire station and jail, also houses the city visitor center[11]

Bell County Museum

Belton

Local history

Historical and cultural heritage of Bell County, includes mustache cup collection, miniature house collection, 1850s log cabin[12]

Benz Gallery of Floral Art

College Station

Art

Part of Texas A&M University, features paintings, photography and sculpture of landscapes, flowers and plants[13]

Beverly S. Sheffield Education Center

Austin

Natural history

Home of the "Splash! Into the Edwards Aquifer" exhibit about Barton Springs[14]

Big Medium

Austin

Art

Visual arts organization with two gallery spaces[15]

Billy the Kid Museum

Hico

American West

Local history and exhibits about Billy the Kid, gift shop[16]

Blanco County WW2 Museum

Blanco

History

Local history, resident's role, and art and images of WW2, part of the Buggy Barn Museum complex [17][18]

Blanco Pioneer Museum

Blanco

Local history

[19]

Blanton Museum of Art

Austin

Art

Part of the University of Texas at Austin, collection features European paintings, modern and contemporary American and Latin American art, prints and drawings

Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum

San Antonio

Art

Contemporary art, features over 20 exhibitions a year

Blues & History Museum

Navasota

Music

Part of Navasota Blues Alley, shops and museum with vintage records, displays and artifacts about local history and musicians[20]

Bosque Museum

Clifton

Local history

Paleo-American archaeology, Norwegian artifacts, pioneer artifacts, firearms, textiles, early medical equipment and Civil war displays[21]

Brazos Valley African American Museum

Bryan

African American

African and African American history, art and culture, both nationally and locally[22]

Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History

Bryan

Natural history

Exhibits include fossils, dinosaurs, minerals, cotton farming, Native American stone tools, ranching and state heritage artifacts

Brenham Heritage Museum

Brenham

Local history

History and culture of Washington County

Briscoe Center for American History

Austin

History

Part of the University of Texas at Austin, exhibits of history from its collections

Briscoe Western Art Museum

San Antonio

Art

Art, history, and culture of the American West [24]

Buckhorn Barber Shop & Museum

New Braunfels

Multiple

20th century period barbershop with miniature circus and pictures made from lapidary stone displays, operated by the New Braunfels Conservation Society[25]

Buckhorn Saloon & Museum

San Antonio

Multiple

Old West saloon and museum with wildlife trophy mounts, mounted fish specimens, bird dioramas, the Hall of Texas History Wax Museum and the Texas Ranger Museum

Buggy Barn Museum

Blanco

Transportation

Vintage buggies, wagons and carriages[26]

Bullock Texas State History Museum

Austin

Texas history

History of the State of Texas

Burleson County Czech Heritage Museum

Caldwell

Local history

Heritage and culture of the Czech in Europe and area Czech pioneer settlers[27][28]

Burleson County Historical Museum

Caldwell

Local history

Operated by the Burleson County Historical Society in the Burleson County Courthouse[29][30]

CAF-Centex Hangar Aircraft Museum

San Marcos

Aviation

Chapter of the Commemorative Air Force[31]

Calaboose African American History Museum

San Marcos

African American

Built 1871 as jail. When newer facility built for white prisoners became 'annex' for blacks. Later USO Center for black soldiers in World War II.[32][33]

Caldwell County Museum

Lockhart

Local history

Located in the former Caldwell County Jail, operated by the Caldwell County Historical Commission[34][35]

Caldwell Visitors Center Museum

Caldwell

Local history

Displays in the Caldwell Civic and Visitors Center[36]

Camp Hearne Exhibit & Visitor Center

Hearne

Military

History of the World War II prisoner of war camp located near Hearne, includes a replica of a 1942 US Army barrack[37][38]

Capt. Charles Schreiner Mansion

Kerrville

Historic house

19th-century period mansion

Carmine Chamber of Commerce Museum and Visitor's Center

Carmine

Local history

Located in a historic train depot[39]

Casa Navarro State Historic Site

San Antonio

Historic house

Restored 1848 adobe home of Tejano patriot José Antonio Navarro, signer of Texas Declaration of Independence

Cell Block Museum

Hillsboro

Prison

Former county jail and sheriff's residence[40][41]

Central Texas Area Museum

Salado

Local history

Frontier history, settlement of Texas and of the Central Texas area[42]

Central Texas Rail History Center

Flatonia

Railroad

Includes a Southern Pacific switch tower, a caboose, photo pavilion and an information center[43]

Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos

San Marcos

Ethnic

Hispanic arts, culture, heritage and values[44]

Chappell Hill Historical Society Museum

Chappell Hill

Local history

Exhibits include Soule University for men, The Chappell Hill Female College, cotton, the Brazos River, the Polish community and the Civil War[45]

Charles S. Cock House Museum

San Marcos

Historic House

Operated by the Heritage Association of San Marcos, open for events[47][48]

Children's Museum of the Brazos Valley

Bryan

Children's

[46]

Comanche County Historical Museum

Comanche

Local history

Exhibits include a blacksmith shop, filling station, doctor's office and replica saloon[49]

Comfort Heritage Foundation Museum

Comfort

Local history

Located in the Old Comfort State Bank Building[50]

Conservation Plaza

New Braunfels

Open air

18 buildings form mid-19th century German-Texan village, operated by the New Braunfels Conservation Society[51]

Coryell Museum and Historical Center

Gatesville

Local history

Exhibits include spurs, Texas music, sports, archaeology, space exploration, period business displays[52]

Cultural Activities Center

Temple

Art

Also called the CAC, includes a theatre, 4 art studios, 4 art galleries, and meeting rooms[53]

Czech Heritage Museum and Genealogical Center

Temple

Ethnic

Czech culture, history and immigration to America[54]

Dewees Remschel House

Floresville

Historic house

Operated by the Wilson County Historical Society, open by appointment, exhibits of local and ranching history[55]

Dick's Classic Garage

San Marcos

Automobile

American vehicles and memorabilia from the 1930s though the 1950s

Dime Box Heritage Society Museum

Dime Box

Local history

Includes area Czech and German heritage[56][57]

The Dog Museum

Waco

Commodity

Private collection of dog memorabilia, located in Antiquibles Antique Mall[58]

Dougherty Arts Center

Austin

Art

Includes Julia C. Butridge Gallery[59]

Dr Pepper Museum

Waco

Food

Housed in the Artesian Manufacturing and Bottling Company Building listed on NRHP McLennan County

Dr. Pound Historical Farmstead Museum

Dripping Springs

Historic house

Restored early 20th century farmstead

E.A. Arnim Archives & Museum

Flatonia

Local history

Exhibits include goods and furnishings for home and office, advertising memorabilia, antique children's toys, clothing, veterans display, farm implements, tools and vehicles[6]

Earle-Napier-Kinnard House

Waco

Historic house

Operated by Historic Waco Foundation, Victorian period home [60]

East Terrace House Museum

Waco

Historic house

Operated by Historic Waco Foundation, Victorian Italianate villa also known as the John Wesley Mann House, NRHP McLennan Co[61]

Educational & Cultural Arts Center

San Antonio

Art

Exhibition space for Latino arts and cultures and their influences on the United States,[62] located in the former Museo Alameda facility, facility of Texas A&M University–San Antonio

Elgin Depot Museum

Elgin

Local history

[63][64]

Elisabet Ney Museum

Austin

Art

Sculpture by the acclaimed German-born artist Elisabet Ney in her studio and home

Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center

Austin

Ethnic

Mexican American cultural arts and heritage, includes two galleries featuring local, regional and national Latino artists[65]

N. W. Faison House

La Grange

Historic house

Mid 19th-century house with late 19th-century antique furnishings, artwork, and everyday household items[67]

Falls on the Colorado Museum

Marble Falls

Local history

[66]

Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site

Anderson

Historic house

Restored 1850s period family home and stagecoach stop

Fayette Heritage Museum & Archives

La Grange

Local history

[68]

Fayetteville Area Heritage Museum

Fayetteville

Local history

Features authentic replicas of historic trains, businesses, ethnic groups, military, organizations, households[69][70]

Forsyth Galleries

College Station

Art

Part of Texas A&M University, features collections of English cameo glass, American and English glass objects and American paintings[71]

Fort Croghan

Burnet

Military

Museum with period antiques and grounds with restored frontier fort buildings

Fort House

Waco

Historic house

Operated by Historic Waco Foundation, Edwardian Greek Revival home[72]

Fort Martin Scott

Fredericksburg

Military

Restored frontier fort with period displays, owned and operated by the City of Fredericksburg

Fort McKavett State Historic Site

Fort McKavett

Military

Restored buildings from when Buffalo Soldiers were stationed here [73]

Fort Sam Houston Museum

San Antonio

Military

History of Fort Sam Houston, one of the nation's oldest military institutions[74][75][76]

Freestone County Historical Museum

Fairfield

Local history

Located in a former jail, features telephone collection, two furnished log cabins[77][78]

French Legation Museum

Austin

Historic house

Private home built in 1841 for the French chargé d'affaires to the Republic of Texas

Frontier Times Museum

Bandera

Local history

American West, pioneer & prehistoric artifacts

George Bush Presidential Library

College Station

Biographical

Life and career of President George H. W. Bush

George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center

Austin

African American

African-American history and culture in the United States

Giddings Public Library & Cultural Center

Giddings

Multiple

Features display of Native American artifacts, Negro league baseball memorabilia of Hilton Smith[79][80]

Giddings Stone Mansion

Brenham

Historic house

19th century Greek Revival mansion, tours by appointment with the Heritage Society of Washington County[81]

Giddings Wilkin House

Brenham

Historic house

Mid 19th-century house with period and original Giddings and Wilkin family pieces, tours by appointment with the Heritage Society of Washington County[82]

Goodwill Computer Museum

Austin

Industry

Vintage computing equipment[83]

Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center

San Antonio

Art

Traditional and contemporary Latino arts and culture[84]

Guinness World Records Museum

San Antonio

Amusement

 

H.J. Lutcher Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports

Austin

Sports

History of physical culture and sports, part of the University of Texas at Austin

Hamilton County Museum

Hamilton

Local history

Located in the former county jail, exhibits include agriculture, businesses, Indians, cowboys, pioneers[85]

Harry Ransom Center

Austin

Multiple

Part of the University of Texas at Austin, permanent exhibits include a Gutenberg Bible, the first photographErle Stanley Gardner's Study, changing exhibits of art, photography and history from its collections

Hearne Depot

Hearne

Railroad

Restored depot features the Robertson County Railroads Collection and photos of local history[38]

Heritage Museum of the Texas Hill Country

Canyon Lake

Local history

Dinosaurs, fossils, Native American artifacts, farm equipment, antiques[86]

Highland Lakes Squadron WWII Air Museum

Burnet

Aviation

Restored World War II aircraft, weapons, home front items, newspapers, uniforms, helmets, aircraft and ship models, other artifacts, part of the Commemorative Air Force; also known as Highland Lakes Air Museum[87]

Historic Hubbard Museum

Hubbard

Local history

Located in the historic Hubbard High School, includes memorabilia from sportsmen Tris SpeakerTony York and Carlisle Littlejohn, local business displays[88][89]

History of West Museum

West

Local history

website[90]

Holocaust Memorial Museum of San Antonio

San Antonio

History

History of the Holocaust and the dangers of hatred, prejudice and apathy[91]

Horlock Art Gallery and History Museum

Navasota

Multiple

Victorian period house to tour, municipal art gallery[92][93]

Institute of Texan Cultures

San Antonio

Texas history

Chronicles the contributions of the various ethnic groups. Part of the HemisFair Park Campus of the University of Texas, San Antonio.

Instituto Cultural de México

San Antonio

Art

Art and culture of Mexico, operated by the Mexican Cultural Institute[94]

Itasca Railroad Depot Museum

Itasca

Local history

[95]

Jacob Fontaine Religious Museum

Austin

African American

Located at the Southgate-Lewis House, African American experience in Austin and Travis County

James H. Long Railroad Park and Museum

Smithville

Railroad

Formerly known as the Smithville Railroad Park and Museum[96]

John P. Coles Cabin and Independence Log House

Independence

Historic house

Located in Old Baylor Park, 19th-century pioneer homes, tours by the Independence Historical Society[97]

Joseph and Susanna Dickinson Hannig Museum

Austin

Historic house

19th-century home of Battle of the Alamo survivor Susanna Dickinson[98]

Katy Hamman-Stricker Women's Heritage Center

Calvert

History

 

Kerr Arts & Cultural Center

Kerrville

Art

Community art center with exhibits[99]

Keystone Square Museum

Lampasas

Local history

Natural and historical heritage and culture of Lampasas County[100][101]

Kimble County Historical Museum

Junction

Local history

[102]

La Grange Railroad Museum

La Grange

Railroad

[103]

La Vernia Heritage Museum

La Vernia

Local history

Operated by the La Vernia Historical Association[104]

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Austin

Art, Natural History

Part of the University of Texas at Austin. Botanical garden with changing art exhibits related to native flowers and nature

Lee County Heritage Center

Giddings

Local history

Located in the Schubert-Fletcher Home[80]

Lee Lockwood Library and Museum

Waco

History

Three floors of exhibits on Freemasonry in Europe, North America and Texas[105]

Lexington Log Cabins

Lexington

Local history

A pioneer furnished log cabin, a log cabin with local history displays, and a corn crib with 19th century tools and implements[106]

Limestone County Historical Museum

Groesbeck

Local history

Exhibits include early pioneers, Fort Parker, courthouse history, Mexia oil boom, county schools and communities[107]

Lindheimer House

New Braunfels

Historic house

Operated by the New Braunfels Conservation Society, tours upon request, mid 19th-century home of Ferdinand Lindheimer

Llano County Historical Museum

Llano

Local history

Located in a historic drug store with soda fountain display, exhibits include area geology, farming and ranching, clothing and textiles, mining, businesses, military, polo exhibit about Cecil Smith[108]

Lone Star Motorcycle Museum

Vanderpool

Transportation

Motorcycles dating from the 1910s to the present[109]

Luling Oil Museum

Luling

Industry

website, history of the local oil industry, from when this was a boom town, also known as the Central Texas Oil Patch Museum

Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park

Johnson City

Biographical

Two locations, one with boyhood home of President Lyndon B. Johnson, his grandparent's log cabin settlement and a visitor center, the second with his first school, birthplace, Texas White House and the Johnson Family Cemetery

Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site

Stonewall

Multiple

Includes the visitor center with memorabilia from President Johnson's presidency, the 1870s-eriod Behrens Cabin, and the 1918-period Sauer-Beckmann Farmstead, a living history farmstead

Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum

Austin

Biographical

Presidential library on the University of Texas campus. LBJ is known for the Civil Rights laws, the War on Poverty efforts, and the escalation in Vietnam

Lyndon Baines Johnson Museum of San Marcos

San Marcos

Biographical

College experiences and early political life of President Lyndon B. Johnson, on the town square[110]

Madison County Museum

Madisonville

Local history

[111][112]

Magic Lantern Castle Museum

San Antonio

Theater

Collection of magic lanterns, slides and equipment, open by appointment only[113][114]

Martin Museum of Art

Waco

Art

Part of Baylor University, collection includes works by Robert RauschenbergKathe KollwitzFrancisco de GoyaEdouard-Leon CortesGeorge PostPhil DikeEdgar Whitney and John Marin[115]

Mayborn Museum Complex

Waco

Multiple

Part of Baylor University, natural history, science, 15 building historic village, local history, history of Baylor

McCulloch House

Waco

Historic house

Operated by Historic Waco Foundation, Victorian period house, NRHP McLennan Co[116]

McKenna Children's Museum

New Braunfels

Children's

[117]

McNay Art Museum

San Antonio

Art

Galleries of 19th and 20th century European and American art, in a mansion by Atlee B. Ayers, the top Texas architect of his day

Mexia Public Schools Museum

Mexia

Education

History of the Mexia Public Schools and Dunbar High School[118]

Mexic-Arte Museum

Austin

Art

Traditional and contemporary Mexican and Latino art

Michael and Noemi Neidorff Art Gallery

San Antonio

Art

Art gallery of Trinity University, space for student, faculty, and non-Trinity exhibitions, curated and managed by Trinity students[119]

Mier's Home Museum

Sonora

Local history

Operated by the Sutton County Historical Society[120][121]

Milam County Museum

Cameron

Prison

Located in the former county jail, include jail, law enforcement and local history displays[122][123]

Millie Seaton Collection of Toys and Dolls

San Marcos

Doll

Located in the historic Augusta Hofheinz House, open by appointment[124][125]

Mills County Historical Museum

Goldthwaite

Local history

[126][127]

Mills County Old Jail Museum

Goldthwaite

Prison

Also houses the chamber of commerce[128][129]

Monument Hill and Kreische Brewery State Historic Sites

La Grange

Local history

Art Deco-style Monument to victims of the Dawson Massacre and the Mier Expedition, also Kreische House and tours of the brewery ruins

Moody Museum

Taylor

Historic house

Late Victorian to early 20th-century period home of former Texas Governor Dan Moody[130]

Museum of Magnetic Sound Recording

Austin

Technology

Collection of sound recording equipment and media, planned museum[131]

Museum of Natural & Artificial Ephemerata

Austin

Commodity

Changing exhibits of ephemera relating to a theme[132]

Museum of the American GI

College Station

Military

Military equipment, vehicles uniforms and memories of all American servicemen and women[133]

Museum of the Weird

Austin

Amusement

Strange and unusual items[134][135]

Museum of Western Art

Kerrville

Art

Art of the American West, formerly known as Cowboy Artists of America Museum[136]

Musick Alumni Center and Museum at the Parker House

Belton

Education

History of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor[137]

National Museum of the Pacific War

Fredericksburg

Military

History of the Pacific Theater of Operations during World War II, part of Admiral Nimitz State Historic Site

Neill-Cochran House Museum

Austin

Historic house

Mid 19th-century Greek Revival mansion

New Braunfels Heritage Village

New Braunfels

Living history

Includes Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture with Texas Biedermeier furniture[138]

New Braunfels Railroad Museum

New Braunfels

Railroad

Railroad equipment, cars, memorabilia and model railroad display[139]

O. Henry House Museum

San Antonio

Local history

House where author O. Henry worked while living in San Antonio[140]

O. Henry Museum

Austin

Biographical

Life and works of author O. Henry, also known as William Sidney Porter

Old Bakery and Emporium

Austin

Multiple

Includes an art gallery exhibiting local artists age 50 and above and houses a museum known as the Lundberg-Maerki Historical Collection

Old Fayette County Jail

La Grange

Prison

Historic 19th-century jail, memorabilia of Fayette County law enforcement[141]

Old Fort Parker

Groesbeck

Military

Restored 1830s fort buildings[142]

Old Ice House Ranch Museum

Sonora

Local history

Housed in a former ice house, operated by the Sutton County Historical Society, exhibits includes pioneer, ranching, lawmen and outlaws, area history, transportation, model train layout[143]

Palm House Museum

Round Rock

Historic house

[144][145]

People's Gallery at City Hall

Austin

Art

Annual exhibit of works by regional artists[146]

Pioneer Farms

Austin

Living

Also known as Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms, features five themed, restored historic areas: an 1841 Tonkawa encampment, an 1868 German emigrant farm, an 1873 Texian farm, an 1887 cotton planter's farm and an 1899 Sprinkle Corner rural village[147]

Pioneer Memorial Museum

Harper

Local history

Pioneer artifacts, arrowheads, toys, tools, military items[148]

Pioneer Museum

Fredericksburg

Open air

Operated by the Gillespie County Historical Society includes, Markplatz, Vereins Kirche Museum, Fredericksburg Volunteer Fire Department Museum, White Oak School and historic homes

Pioneer Town

Wimberley

Open air

Replica pioneer town buildings at the 7A Resort, includes Jack Glover's Cowboy Museum[149][150]

Pump Project Art Complex

Austin

Art

Non-profit art space that provides working studios and gallery facilities to emerging and established artists[151]

Red Men Museum and Library

Waco

History

History of the Fraternal Organization Improved Order of Red Men[152]

Republic of Texas Museum

Austin

History

Operated by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, heritage of The Republic of Texas historic period[153]

Ripley's Believe It or Not!

San Antonio

Amusement

 

Rockne Museum

Rockne

Local history

Operated by the Rockne Historical Association in Hilbig Park[154][155]

Ross Carroll Bennett House

Brenham

Historic house

Victorian mansion with original family and period antique, tours by appointment with the Heritage Society of Washington County[156]

Round Rock Arts

Round Rock

Art

Area arts council with ArtSpace exhibit gallery[157]

Round Top Historical Society Museum

Round Top

Open air

[158]

San Antonio Art League Museum

San Antonio

Art

Features works in all media by Texas artists[160]

San Antonio Children's Museum

San Antonio

Children's

Focused on early childhood learning, especially in the creative arts, sciences and early literacy[159]

San Antonio Missions National Historical Park

San Antonio

Texas history

Features four Spanish frontier missions: Concepcion, San Jose, San Juan, and Espada, and a museum in the visitor's center

San Antonio Museum of Art

San Antonio

Art

World class collections displayed in restored Lone Star Brewery buildings

San Saba County Historical Museum

San Saba

Local history

Exhibits include barbed wire, 19th-century period rooms[161]

Sanders Corps of Cadets Center

College Station

Military

Part of Texas A&M University, history of the Texas A&M University Corps of Cadets

Schulenburg Historical Museum

Schulenburg

Local history

[162]

Scobee Education Center at San Antonio College

San Antonio

Science

Includes the Scobee Planetarium, Challenger Learning Center[164]

Sculptors Dominion International

San Antonio

Art

Outdoor sculpture displays, open by appointment or during the Sculptors Invitational event[165]

Sculpture Ranch and Galleries

Johnson City

Art

140-acre contemporary sculpture gardens[163]

Semmes Gallery

San Antonio

Art

Part of Fine Arts Building at the University of the Incarnate Word[166]

Seward Plantation

Independence

Historic house

Mid 19th-century plantation home, open for groups of 10 or more by reservation

Smithville Heritage House & Museum

Smithville

Local history

Operated by the Smithville Heritage Society[167][168]

Somerville Area Museum

Somerville

Local history

[169]

Sophienburg Museum

New Braunfels

Local history

Heritage and founding of New Braunfels[170]

South Austin Museum of Popular Culture

Austin

Art

Pop art related to Austin, focusing on the art and ephemera of Austin's live music scene from the 1960s through today.[171]

Southwest Museum of Clocks and Watches

Lockhart

Horology

Historic clocks, watches[172]

Southwest School of Art

San Antonio

Multiple

Features changing art exhibitions, located in a historic 1851 Ursuline convent that can be toured[173]

Spanish Governor's Palace

San Antonio

Historic house

18th century early Spanish house

Stanzel Model Aircraft Museum

Schulenburg

Aviation

History of Stanzel Company and the development of model aircraft, also late 19th century historic house [174]

Star Historical Museum

Star

Local history

[175][176]

Star of the Republic Museum

Washington-on-the-Brazos

History

Culture and history of the Republic of Texas from 1836–1846

Stark Galleries

College Station

Art

Part of Texas A&M University, focuses on American paintings, prints, drawings and photographs of the 19th and 20th centuries

Steves Homestead

San Antonio

Historic house

Late 19th-century Victorian homestead, operated by the San Antonio Conservation Society

Sutherland Springs Museum

Sutherland Springs

Local history

[177]

Temple Railroad and Heritage Museum

Temple

Railroad

Located in th3 1911 Santa Fe Depot, includes three locomotives, railroad passenger cars, and cabooses, railroad equipment and memorabilia, Harvey House, local history [178]

Texas A&M Sports Museum

College Station

Sports

Part of Texas A&M University, located in the Bernard C. Richardson Zone at Kyle Field, school athletes and sports history[179]

Texas Air Museum

San Antonio

Aviation

About Texas and San Antonio's role in the development of military air power

Texas Baptist Historical Museum

Independence

History

Mid 19th-century Baptist church in which Sam Houston was baptized, museum of historic church artifacts and history of Baptists in Texas[180][181]

Texas Basketball Museum

Carmine

Sports

History of Texas high school basketball[182]

Texas Cotton Gin Museum

Burton

Agriculture

Working cotton gin and history of cotton farming [183][184]

Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center

La Grange

Ethnic

Texas Czech culture, pioneers, replica of a late 19th and early 20th century Czech Moravian community[185]

Texas Department of Public Safety Historical Museum and Research Center

Austin

Law enforcement

History of the Texas Department of Public Safety, includes uniforms, vehicles, weapons, equipment[186][187]

Texas Governor's Mansion

Austin

Historic house

Mid 19th-century mansion, home of every governor since 1856

Texas Heritage Museum

Hillsboro

Military

Part of Hill College, exhibits from the Civil War, World War I, World War II and Vietnam War[188]

Texas Medical Association History of Medicine Gallery

Austin

Medical

Changing exhibits about the history of medicine in Texas and the history of the Texas Medical Association[189]

Texas Memorial Museum

Austin

Natural history

Part of the University of Texas at Austin, exhibits dinosaursfossils, gems, rocks, minerals, Texas wildlife, evolution and biodiversity

Texas Military Forces Museum

Austin

Military

Located at Camp Mabry, history of Texas' militia, volunteer forces and National Guard from 1823 to the present

Texas Museum of Science and Technology

Cedar Park

Science

Features traveling exhibits, various collections, and soon a full dome planetarium

Texas Music Museum

Austin

Music

Contributions of Texas musicians to the musical heritage of the nation and the world[190]

Texas Polka Music Museum

Schulenburg

Music

History of polka music in Texas, Texas polka bands and musicians of Czech, German and Polish ancestry[191]

Texas Quilt Museum

La Grange

Art

Historic and contemporary quilts[192]

Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum

Waco

Law enforcement

History of the Texas Ranger Division

Texas Rangers Heritage Center

Fredericksburg

Military

History of the Texas Rangers, museum under construction[193]

Texas Sports Hall of Fame

Waco

Sports

Important Texas athletes, coaches and administrators

Texas State Capitol Visitors Center

Austin

Texas history

Exhibits about state history, tours of the Texas State Capitol

Texas State University Galleries

San Marcos

Art

Two galleries for the School of Art and Design, located in the Joann Cole Mitte Building[194]

Texas Transportation Museum

San Antonio

Transportation

Railroad cars and model railroad, antique automobiles

Texas Wendish Heritage Museum

Serbin

Ethnic

Operated by the Texas Wendish Heritage Society, history and heritage of the Texas Wends, Slavic immigrants from Lusatia[195]

The Alamo

San Antonio

Military

World famous site of siege, battle, and massacre

The Contemporary Austin

Austin

Art

Contemporary art, two locations, one in Clara Driscoll's Laguna Gloria, second in the Jones Center

The Guenther House

San Antonio

Local history

Victorian period house that includes museum room with Pioneer Flour Mills memorabilia, restaurant and store

The Thinkery

Austin

Children's

 

Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum

Austin

Art

Sculpture by 20th century American sculptor Charles Umlauf and other contemporary sculptors

Union Station Transportation Museum

Giddings

Railroad

Located in a historic depot, includes memorabilia and collections reflecting life in the early 1900s, Union Pacific Railroad[80][196]

United States Army Medical Department Museum

San Antonio

Military

History of the US Army Medical Department from 1775 to present, located at Fort Sam Houston

University of Texas at San Antonio Art Galleries

San Antonio

Art

Operated by the Department of Art and History, includes the main gallery on campus, and Terminal 136 downtown, a satellite space[197]

USAF Airman Heritage Museum

San Antonio

Aviation

Located at Lackland Air Force Base, history of the U.S. Air Force, includes historic USAF military aircraft, World War I and World War II air maintenance shop collection, basic training dorms, Women in the Air Force collection[198]

Veterans From All Wars & Pioneer Ranch Women Museum

Sonora

Local history

Military artifacts, roles of area ranch women[199]

Villa Finale

San Antonio

Historic house

Victorian period mansion with European furniture, and fine and decorative arts

Visual Arts Center

Austin

Art

Includes 5 galleries, part of the Department of Art and Art History, College of Fine Arts, University of Texas at Austin[200]

Waco Mammoth Site

Waco

Natural history

Museum and park featuring fossils of twenty-four Columbian mammoths (Mammuthus columbi) and other mammals from the Pleistocene Epoch

Walkers' Gallery

San Marcos

Art

Sponsored by the San Marcos Area Arts Council and the City of San Marcos with support from the San Marcos Arts Commission[201]

Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site

Washington-on-the-Brazos

Multiple

Includes Star of the Republic MuseumIndependence Hall and Barrington Living History Farm

Whitney Area Museum

Whitney

Local history

[202]

Williamson Museum

Georgetown

Local history

History of Williamson County [203]

Wilson County Jailhouse Museum

Floresville

Prison

Operated by the Wilson County Historical Society, open the first Saturday of the month and for special events

Winedale

Winedale

Open air

Complex of 19th-century structures and modern facilities situated on 225 acres, reflects German-American culture, operated by the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Witte Museum

San Antonio

Multiple

Natural history, science, art, log cabins and historic homes, circus memorabilia, cowboy artifacts

Wittliff Collections

San Marcos

Literary

Exhibits from its collections of King of the Hill archives, Southwest writers including Cormac McCarthy and Sam Shepard, and the Lonesome Dove collection, located on the seventh floor of the Alkek Library on the campus of Texas State University[204]

Women & Their Work

Austin

Art

Gallery for women artists[206]

Wooden Nickel Museum

San Antonio

Commodity

Store with museum about the history of, and San Antonio's contribution to wooden nickels[205]

Wright Gallery

College Station

Art

Part of Texas A&M University College of Architecture, college's showcase for the visual arts[207]

Yturri-Edmunds Historic Site

San Antonio

Historic house

House and operating grist mill, 1840-1860, restored in 1964 by the San Antonio Conservation Society, open by appointment

 

East Texas

 

Main article: List of museums in East Texas

Includes the cities of BeaumontColumbusCorsicanaGilmerHuntsvilleMarshallMount VernonNacogdochesNederlandOrangePort ArthurPort NechesTexarkanaTyler and Washington-on-the-Brazos.

Counties included are AndersonAngelinaBowieCampCassCherokeeDeltaFranklinGreggHardinHarrisonHendersonHopkinsHoustonJasperJeffersonLamarMarionMorrisNacogdochesNewtonOrangePanolaPolkRainsRed RiverRuskSabineSan AugustineSan JacintoShelbySmithTitusTrinityTylerUpshurVan Zandt and Wood.

Museum name

City

Type

Summary/Refs

Wills Point Depot Museum

Wills Point

Local history

Open by appointment, artifacts from area businesses, institutions, households, agricultural and railroad industries[136][137]

Williams House Museum

De Kalb

Local history

[134][135]

White Haven

Port Arthur

Historic house

Early 20th-century (1905) Originally built as a New England colonial style home, but later changed to Southern Greek Revival. Located on the shores of Lake Sabine owned by the Daughters of the American Revolution and maintained by Lamar State College–Port Arthur. The home has several collections. Free tours are available on request 409-984- 6101[133]

Whitaker-McClendon House

Tyler

Historic house

Eastlake Bracketed Victorian period estate, also known as the Bonner-Whitaker-McClendon House, NRHP Smith County, living history tours

Vuylsteke Dutch Home

Port Arthur

Historic house

Early 20th-century (1905) Dutch colonial home owned by Lamar State College–Port Arthur. The first Dutch consul in Port Arthur. Tours on request 409-984- 6101[138]

Vanishing Texana Museum

Jacksonville

Historical

Located at 302 S. Bolton, the museum houses local artifacts from pre-historic thru 1980s. Free admission Saturdays 1:00 - 5:00. Private tours and catered events available.[132]

Van Zandt County Veterans Memorial Museum and Visitors Center

Canton

Military

Memorial park with aircraft, museum and visitor's center[131]

Van Area Oil & Historical Museum

Van

Local history

Exhibits include truck farming, cotton farming, oil boom history[130]

Tyler Rose Museum

Tyler

Entertainment

History and memorabilia of the Texas Rose Festival[129]

Tyler Museum of Art

Tyler

Art

Collection includes works by Terry AllenDavid BatesVernon FisherMelissa MillerJames Surls, other contemporary Texas artists, Mexican folk art

Trinity County Museum

Groveton

Local history

[127][128]

The Brown Estate

Orange

Historic house

A 20,000 sq ft home built in the style of the Linden Mansion in Natchez, MS surrounded by grounds totaling 88 acres . Open for tours on request. The estate is currently owned by Lamar State College–Orange[15][16]

Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center

Athens

Natural history

Fish hatchery, aquaria, exhibits, Texas Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame museum[126]

Texas Forestry Museum

Lufkin

Multiple

Area logging industry, the CCC, the United States Forest Service and forests[125]

Texas Energy Museum

Beaumont

Industry

Texas oil industry and oil discovery science[124]

Texas Country Music Hall of Fame

Carthage

Music

Texas country music singers, songwriters, disc jockeys, and others including Tex Ritter

Texas Artist Museum

Port Arthur

Art

Non-profit art gallery for area artists[123]

Texas and Pacific Railway Museum

Marshall

Railroad

Includes a steam locomotive, exhibits on early passenger trains, the large-scale manufacturing functions at the shops, a model train and pull whistle

T. C. Lindsey and Co. General Store

Jonesville

History

Old-fashioned general store and part museum with antiques, rare automobiles, jukeboxes and other memorabilia[121][122]

Sterne-Hoya House Museum and Library

Nacogdoches

Historic house

Mid 19th-century house associated with Davy Crockett and Sam Houston

Stephen F. Austin State University Galleries

Nacogdoches

Art

Griffin Gallery in the Griffiths Fine Arts Building, Ledbetter Gallery and Reavley Gallery in the Cole Art Center, School of Art Gallery in the Lower Art Building[120]

Starr Family Home State Historic Site

Marshall

Historic house

Late 19th-century house and historic buildings, reflects 150 years and four generations of one of the most influential political families in the periods of the Republic of Texas and early statehood

Stark Museum of Art

Orange

Art

Focus on American Western and Native American art and artifacts

W.H. Stark House

Orange

Historic house

1920s period house, NRHP

Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum

Beaumont

Industry

Part of Lamar University, restored oil boomtown village that show the effects of the Spindletop oil well on the local community

Southwest Dairy Museum

Sulphur Springs

Agriculture

Dairy farming and dairy products

Singleton's Virginia Cross

Jefferson

Historic house

Mid 19th-century Greek Revival home[119]

Shelby County Historical Society Museum

Center

Local history

[118]

SFA Art Galleries

Nacogdoches

Art

Three galleries at Stephen F. Austin State University [117]

Scarlett O'Hardy's Gone With the Wind Museum

Jefferson

Media

Artifacts and memorabilia about the Gone With the Wind novel and film [116]

San Jacinto County Old Jail Museum

Coldspring

Local history

Operated by the San Jacinto County Heritage Society, tours of the historic jail and exhibits of local history[115]

Samuel Walker Houston Museum and Cultural Center

Tyler

African American

Area life for African American after the Civil War, including Samuel Walker Houston[114]

Sam Bell Maxey House State Historic Site

Paris

Historic house

19th-century Victorian home of Senator Samuel B. Maxey

Salt Palace

Grand Saline

Historic house

House made from solid salt rocks donated by Morton Salt, exhibits include local salt industry and local history[112][113]

Sabine County Jail Museum and Vergie Speights Memorial Library

Hemphill

Local history

Operated by the Sabine County Historical Society, includes exhibits of Sabine County history, tours of jail cell and gallows [109][110][111]

Rose Hill Manor

Port Arthur

Historic house

Listed on the National Register of Historical Places (#79002986) Early 20th-century (1906) colonial style mansion owned by the city of Port Arthur. Former home of Port Arthur mayor, Rome H. Woodworth. Tours on request 409-985-7292[108]

Regional Arts Center

Texarkana

Art

Operated by the Texarkana Regional Arts & Humanities Council in the former county courthouse[107]

Red River County Old Jail Museum

Clarksville

Local history

Planned museum by the Red River County Historical Society[70]

Rangerette Showcase and Museum

Kilgore

Sports

Part of Kilgore College, memorabilia of the Kilgore College Rangerettes[106]

R. G. LeTourneau Memorial Museum

Longview

Industry

Located on the campus of LeTourneau University, displays and archives of R. G. LeTourneau and his work developing earthmoving equipment[105]

R. D. Moses Texas & Pacific Model Railroad

Jefferson

Railroad

Located in the depot building behind the Jefferson Museum, 1950s period HO model train layout of the Texas & Pacific Railroad in West Texas[104]

Powell Hotel Museum

Newton

Local history

Includes history of building as the W.H.Ford Male and Female College and later the Powell Hotel[88][89]

Pompeiian Villa

Port Arthur

Historic house

Operated by the Museum of the Gulf Coast, early 20th-century house reminiscent of villas in ancient Pompeii, furnished with 19th century furniture, chandeliers, and fine art[103]

Polk County Memorial Museum

Livingston

Local history

Exhibits include prehistory, Native Americans, pioneers, industry, agriculture, businesses, culture[102]

Plaza Museum

Canton

Local history

Includes a collection of bells and Native American artifacts[13]

Pelt Farm

Kountze

Multiple

Includes folk art painting and other items of rural interest[100][101]

Patterson Museum

Cooper

Local history

[99]

Patricia Huffman Smith NASA “Remembering Columbia” Museum

Hemphill

Science

History of the Space Shuttle program[98]

Panola County Heritage Museum

Carthage

Local history

[97]

Orangefield Cormier Museum

Orange

Local history

Representations of 1920s small town life, including a jail, bank, saloon, boarding house, post office, dentist office, school, general store and a soda fountain[96]

Old University Building

Nacogdoches

Education

Operated by the Nacogdoches Federation of Women's Clubs, exhibits on l9th century education, Confederate Hospital, and community events held in the building[95]

Old Stone Fort Museum

Nacogdoches

Local history

Part of Stephen F. Austin State University, located in a replica late 18th-century building that was a trading post, private home, church, jail and saloon

Old Mill Pond Museum

Lindale

History

Also called Parrot Park Agricultural and Heritage Museum, includes historic farm tools and equipment, a pharmacy display, household items, several historic buildings[93][94]

Old Jail Library

Carthage

Multiple

Historic county jail, includes the Old Jail Museum on the 2nd floor, and the Soape Family Museum with displays of local history[91][92]

Old Jail Arts Center

Mount Vernon

Art

Operated by the Franklin County Arts Alliance[35]

Northeast Texas Rural Heritage Center and Museum

Pittsburg

Multiple

Two sites with one admission, the Farmstead, a turn-of-the-20th-century farmhouse and farm, and the Cotton Belt Depot with local railroad, cultural, agricultural history and transportation exhibits [90]

Newton County Historical Center and Museum

Newton

Local history

[88][89]

New London Museum

New London

Local history

History and artifacts of the New London School explosion[87]

Naranjo Museum of Natural History

Lufkin

Natural history

Dinosaurs and fossils, artifacts of ancient cultures[86]

Nacogdoches Railroad Depot Museum

Nacogdoches

Railroad

[85]

Nacogdoches Fire Department Museum

Nacogdoches

Firefighting

Open by appointment[84]

Museum of the Gulf Coast

Port Arthur

Multiple

Heritage of the Gulf Coast including history, natural history, fine and decorative art and popular culture

Museum of Regional History

Texarkana

Local history

Exhibits include pre-history, Spanish and French explorers, agriculture, early industry, civil rights, World War II and local music figures[25]

Museum of Measurement and Time

Jefferson

Horology

Displays clocks, land surveying and measuring devices[83]

Museum of East Texas

Lufkin

Multiple

Local history and art[82]

Museum for East Texas Culture

Palestine

Local history

Exhibits include settlers and early area history, African American history, firefighting, railroads, historic schoolroom

Mount Vernon Railroad Depot

Mount Vernon

Multiple

Museum includes working telegraph and railroad exhibits, model train exhibit, 1902 Studebaker covered wagon; property includes 1880-built log cabin, a syrup press and mill and a blacksmith shop[35]

Monte Verdi Plantation

Cushing

Historic house

19th-century plantation[81]

Monroe-Crook House

Crockett

Historic house

[79][80]

Mission Dolores State Historic Site

San Augustine

Religious

Visitor center, museum and campground with artifacts from the Mission Nuestra Senora de los Dolores de los Ais, one of the Spanish missions in Texas[78]

Miss Jane Library & Museum

Beckville

Local history

[77]

Mineola Railroad Museum

Mineola

Railroad

Located in the restored Texas & Pacific railroad station[75][76]

Mineola Historical Museum

Mineola

Local history

Located in a historic former post office[74]

Millard's Crossing Historic Village

Nacogdoches

Open air

19th and early 20th-century village on 37 acres

Michelson Museum of Art

Marshall

Art

Work of Russian-American artist Leo Michelson, also early 20th century American art, African masks and Chinese Opera puppets

McFaddin-Ward House

Beaumont

Historic house

Beaux-Arts mansion with over 75 years of furnishings

Marshall Visual Art Center

Marshall

Art

Municipal visual art center[73]

Majors-Parchman Farmstead

Mount Vernon

Historic house

1883 Victorian farmhouse with original outbuildings, a small barn, smokehouse, chicken coop, also called the Parchman House Living Center[35][36]

Longview Museum of Fine Arts

Longview

Art

Focus is contemporary regional art[72]

Literary Museum

Gilmer

Literary

Memorabilia pertaining to American Presidents, British royalty, American and British authors and characters[71]

Lennox House

Clarksville

Historic house

Operated by the Red River County Historical Society[69][70]

Lamar County Historical Museum

Paris

Local history

Operated by the Lamar County Historical Society[68]

Lafayette Street Vintage Vehicles Car Museum

Jefferson

Automobile

Vintage and antique cars from the 1920s through the 1950s[67]

La Maison Beausoleil

Port Neches

Historic house

1810 Cajun architectural style home[66]

La Maison Acadienne

Nederland

Local history

Replica of early Acadian homes in South Louisiana, with local French heritage displays[65]

Kirby-Hill House

Kountze

Historic house

Open for events and by appointment, early 20th-century house[64]

Johnson's Rock Shop and Museum

Livingston

Geology

Shop and museum with rocks, crystals and fossils[62][63]

John Jay French House

Beaumont

Historic house

Website Operated by the Beaumont Heritage Society, includes 1845 period house, blacksmith shop, tannery, privy and smokehouse[61]

Jim Hogg Memorial Park

Rusk

Biographical

City park with replica birthplace house and museum of Governor James Stephen Hogg[59][60]

Jefferson Historical Museum

Jefferson

Local history

Exhibits include period furniture and decorative arts, Civil War artifacts, weapons, country store items, farm tools, pioneer doctor's instruments, art[58]

Jasper County Historical Museum

Jasper

Local history

[56][57]

Ice House Museum

Silsbee

Art

Includes two galleries[55]

Howard House Museum

Palestine

Historic house

19th-century period house, open for events and by appointment

Howard Dickinson House

Henderson

Historic house

[54]

Houston County Museum

Crockett

Local history

Located in the 1909 railroad depot[52][53]

Hopkins County Museum and Heritage Park

Sulphur Springs

Open air

Includes local history museum and park with over 11 relocated historic houses, shops and mills[51]

The History Center

Diboll

Local history

Photographs, archives, oral history,[50]

Historic Upshur Museum

Gilmer

Local history

Area prehistory, settlers, agriculture, Civil War[49]

Historic Aviation Memorial Museum

Tyler

Aviation

20th century aviation memorabilia and aircraft[48]

Heritage Village

Woodville

Open air

Buildings reflect pioneer life from the 19th century to the early 20th century[47]

Heritage Park Museum of East Texas

Edgewood

Open air

Includes 20 authentically restored and furnished structures representing rural life in East Texas from the 1800s to the 1920s[46]

Heritage House Museum of Orange County

Orange

Historic house

Early 20th-century period upper middle class house[45]

Heritage Center of Cherokee County

Rusk

Local history

[44]

Henderson County Historical Museum

Athens

Local history

[43]

Harrison County Historical Museum

Marshall

Local history

Located in the old courthouse, county history and culture

Gregg County Historical Museum

Longview

Local history

Located in the Everett Building[42]

Goodman-LeGrand House

Tyler

Historic house

19th-century house with original family furnishings including antique furniture and musical instruments, fine silver and crystal, Limoges china, original clothing[41]

Gladewater Museum

Gladewater

Local history

The museum displays tell the story of Gladewater and the surrounding areas from the early settlement days through the 1930s and beyond.[40]

Gaston Museum

Joinerville

Local history

Life in the East Texas Oil Field from the 1930s through 1960s[39]

Flight of the Phoenix Aviation Museum

Gilmer

Aviation

Aircraft and equipment of the armed forces, dedicated to honoring veterans, nurturing patriotism, preserving heritage[38]

First Presbyterian Church

Orange

Architectural Style

Built in classic Greek Revival style, it has the only opalescent dome in the United States It was the public building west of the Mississippi River to have air-conditioning. Open for tours by appointment from September to May.[37]

Fire Station Museum

Mount Vernon

Local history

Includes local, cultural and natural history artifacts[35][36]

Fire Museum of Texas

Beaumont

Firefighting

Includes interactive fire safety exhibits and a collection of antique fire equipment

Ezekiel Cullen House

San Augustine

Historic house

Mid 19th-century house, operated by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas[34]

Epperson-McNutt House

Jefferson

Historic house

aka House of the Seasons, listed on NRHP in Marion County, 1870s period Greek Revival house[33]

Enloe Museum

Enloe

Local history

Also known as the Clara Foster Slough Museum, displays include area fossils[32]

Edison Museum

Beaumont

Biographical

Artifacts and interactive exhibits about Thomas Edison and his inventions

Eddie Connor Case Museum

Daingerfield

Local history

[31]

East Texas Regional Art Center

Jasper

Art

Operated by the East Texas Art League[30]

East Texas Oil Museum

Kilgore

Industry

Includes re-creation of oil discovery and production in the early 1930s, period boomtown displays, part of Kilgore College[29]

East Texas Arboretum

Athens

Local history

Arboretum with over 2 miles of trails, Wofford House Museum, a pioneer period house

Dutch Windmill Museum

Nederland

Local history

Replica of a Dutch windmill with local history and Dutch heritage displays and Tex Ritter artifacts[28]

Durst-Taylor House

Nacogdoches

Historic house

Mid-19th century period house[27]

Draughn-Moore House

Texarkana

Historic house

1885 Italianate Victorian home in a club shape with Edwardian furnishings, NRHP Bowie County, known locally as the Ace of Clubs House[25]

Dishman Art Museum

Beaumont

Art

Part of Lamar University, includes contemporary art exhibits, 19th-century paintings and porcelains and objets d'art

Discovery Science Place

Tyler

Science

Hands-on science exhibits[26]

Discovery Place Children's Museum

Texarkana

Children's

[25]

Dewberry Plantation

Tyler

Historic house

1854 plantation home[24]

Depot Museum (Henderson, Texas)

Henderson

Open air

Includes East Texas history, folk crafts and 12 historic buildings on five acres[23]

Cotton Belt Depot Train Museum

Tyler

Railroad

Built in 1905, Bragg Model Train Collection on permanent display [22]

Colmesneil House

Colmesneil

Local history

[21]

Clifton Steamboat Museum

Beaumont

Multiple

Website Limited hours: Open Mondays from 8:30am to 11:30am or on appointment. Various displays covering the Steamboat era, Military including wars fought in Southeast Texas and Louisiana, Art, and Boy Scouts[20]

Chambers House

Beaumont

Historic house

Website Operated by the Beaumont Heritage Society, restored for the period 1920 – 1945[19]

Center for Earth & Space Science Education

Tyler

Science

Part of Tyler Junior College, planetarium, exhibits about space[18]

Carnegie History Center

Tyler

Local history

Operated by the Smith County Historical Society

Camp Ford

Tyler

Military

Site of the largest Confederate prisoner camp west of the Mississippi River, official archeological site, historical reconstruction of the Lt. Col J.B. Leake cabin, operated by the Smith County Historical Society

Calaboose Museum

Kirbyville

Local history

Located in a historic jail[17]

Caddo Mounds State Historic Site

Alto

Archaeology

397-acre site, archaeological site used by peoples of the Caddoan Mississippian culture, museum of findings and culture

Brookshire's World of Wildlife Museum and Country Store

Tyler

Natural history

Operated by Brookshire Grocery Company, features wildlife dioramas and period country store displays[14]

Blackwell House Museum

Canton

Historic house

Open by appointment, restored late 19th-century house[12][13]

Bertha Terry Cornwell Museum of Sour Lake History

Sour Lake

Local history

[11]

Beaumont Police Department Museum

Beaumont

Law enforcement

Open by appointment[9][10]

Beaumont Children's Museum

Beaumont

Children's

Website New, temporary location opening Summer, 2015 in the Beaumont Civic Center[8]

Beaumont Art League

Beaumont

Art

Art exhibits in the Brown Gallery and Scurlock Gallery

Batson Oil Patch Museum

Kountze

Industry

Open by appointment, oil drilling photos, models, equipment[7]

Babe Didrikson Zaharias Museum

Beaumont

Biographical

Website, Dedicated to famous female athlete, Babe Didrikson Zaharias. Included is a collection of the Babe's trophies and other artifacts.

Atlanta Historical Museum

Atlanta

Local history

Exhibits include railroads, commerce, cotton, military, transportation[6]

Art Museum of Southeast Texas

Beaumont

Art

Emphasis on American and contemporary folk art and craft

American Freedom Museum

Bullard

Military

[5]

Allan Shivers Library and Museum

Woodville

Biographical

Mementos of Governor Allan Shivers

Alamo Mission Museum of Franklin County

Mount Vernon

Local history

Texas history, features a replica of the Alamo Mission[4]

 

North Texas

 

Includes the cities of AddisonArlingtonCiscoDallasDenisonDentonEastlandFort WorthGlen RoseHillsboroIrvingMcKinneyParisPlanoWaxahachie and Wichita Falls.

Counties included are ArcherBaylorClayCollinCookeCottleDallasDentonEllisErathFanninFoardGraysonHardemanHoodHuntJackJohnsonKaufmanMontagueNavarroPalo PintoParkerRockwallSomervellTarrantWichitaWilbargerWise, and Young.

North Texas museums

Museum name

City

County

Type

Summary/Refs

 

African American Museum of Dallas

Dallas

Dallas

Art

Includes African American folk art, African masks, sculptures, gold weights, and textiles, art reflecting African American culture and history[1]

 

Allen Heritage Center

Allen

Collin

Local history

Photos, clothing, located in a replica depot[2]

 

American Airlines C.R. Smith Museum

Fort Worth

Tarrant

Aviation

History of American Airlines and the air transportation industry

 

Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Fort Worth

Tarrant

Art

American art, includes paintings, sculptures and photography[3]

 

Archer County Historical Museum

Archer City

Archer

Local history

Located in the former county jail[4][5]

 

Arlington Museum of Art

Arlington

Tarrant

Art

Focus is contemporary Texas art exhibitions[6][7]

 

ArtCentre of Plano

Plano

Collin

Art

[8]

 

Audie Murphy American Cotton Museum

Greenville

Hunt

Local history

Historical information about the cotton industry, and Medal of Honor recipient Audie Murphy, Hunt County War Memorial on the grounds

 

Bain-Honaker House

Farmersville

Collin

Historic house

Operated by the Farmersville Historical Society[9]

 

Ball-Eddleman-McFarland House

Fort Worth

Tarrant

Historic house

[10]

 

Baylor County Museum

Seymour

Baylor

Local history

[11][12]

 

Barnard's Mill Art Museum

Glen Rose

Somervell

Art

Historic mill and art museum, operated by the Somervell History Foundation[13][14]

 

Bath House Cultural Center

Dallas

Dallas

Multiple

Includes a fine arts gallery and the White Rock Lake Museum with exhibits of natural history

 

Bayless-Selby House Museum

Denton

Denton

Historic house

Victorian period home[15]

 

Ben Hogan Museum

Dublin

Erath

Sports

Life of golfer Ben Hogan[16]

 

Big Bear Native American Museum

Cleburne

Johnson

Native American

[17]

 

Bridgeport Heritage Museum

Bridgeport

Wise

Local history

Includes coal mining, railroads, natural gas, housed in the lower floor of the Bridgeport Visitors Center[18]

 

Burleson Heritage Museum

Burleson

Johnson

Local history

The original 1912 Interurban electric trolley station (and drug store), with restored rail car 330 and parlor car 411 outside for touring, and items and information of local historical significance.[19][20]

 

Capehart Communications Collection

Corsicana

Navarro

Technology

Open by appointment, private collection of communications equipment including telephones, magazines, posters, records, and related communications equipment[21]

 

Cattle Raisers Museum

Fort Worth

Tarrant

History

History of the cattle and ranching industry in Texas, located inside the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History[22]

 

Cavanaugh Flight Museum

Addison

Dallas

Aviation

Vintage aircraft, aviation heritage

 

Cedar Hill Museum of History

Cedar Hill

Dallas

Local history

[23]

 

Chestnut Square Historic Village

McKinney

Collin

Open air

Includes six historic homes, a one-room school house, chapel and store, blacksmith shop, smoke house, and chapel[24]

 

Chisholm Trail Museum

Cleburne

Johnson

Local history

Outdoor displays of tipis and life size cattle drive silhouettes, history of the Chisholm Trail in the area[17]

 

Christian Arts Museum

Fort Worth

Tarrant

Art

Spiritually inspired (Christian only) works of art [25]

 

City-County Heritage Museum

Paducah

Cottle

Local history

Exhibits include antiques, farming, ranching and retail businesses[26]

 

Clara Foster Slough Museum

Enloe

Delta

Local History

Home to many Enloe, Delta County and Sulphur River artifacts, as well as a genealogy center and library; also known as the Enloe Museum[27]

 

Clay County 1890 Jail Museum

Henrietta

Clay

Prison

Historic jail and keeper's residence, exhibits of local history[28]

 

Collin County Historical Museum

McKinney

Collin

Local history

Includes Civil War, pioneer life and farming exhibits, operated by the Collin County Historical Society[29]

 

Commemorative Air Force Wing

Lancaster

Dallas

Aviation

Located at Lancaster Airport[30][31][32]

 

Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum

Denton

Denton

Local history

History and culture of Denton County [15]

 

Creative Arts Center

Bonham

Fannin

Art

Community arts center with exhibits[33]

 

Creation Evidence Museum

Glen Rose

Somervell

Creationist

   

Crow Collection of Asian Art

Dallas

Dallas

Art

Arts and cultures of China, Japan, India and Southeast Asia

 

Cumbie Aviation Museum

Corsicana

Navarro

Aviation

Officially the Glenn Cumbie Museum of Aviation and Military History, located at Corsicana Municipal Airport, military and aviation artifacts[34]

 

Dallas Contemporary

Dallas

Dallas

Art

Contemporary art gallery exhibitions

 

Dallas Firefighters Museum

Dallas

Dallas

Firefighting

Located in the former fire station opposite Fair Park[35]

 

Dallas Heritage Village

Dallas

Dallas

Living

Portrays life in North Texas from 1840–1910, located in the Cedars district[36]

 

Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education & Tolerance

Dallas

Dallas

History

History of the Holocaust and the moral and ethical response to prejudice, hatred and indifference for the benefit of all humanity

 

Dallas Museum of Art

Dallas

Dallas

Art

   

Denton County African American Museum

Denton

Denton

African American

African American history in Denton County, features early 20th century medical office collection[15]

 

Denton Firefighters' Museum

Denton

Denton

Firefighting

[37]

 

Dinosaur Valley State Park

Glen Rose

Somervell

Natural history

Visitor center with dinosaur exhibits, park features dinosaur tracks

 

Doss Heritage and Culture Center

Weatherford

Parker

Local history

Exhibits include Mary MartinLarry Hagman, Native Americans, early settlement, cattle drivers[38]

 

Dublin Bottling Works

Dublin

Erath

Industry

Historic working bottling works with W.P. Kloster Museum of Dr. Pepper memorabilia[39][40]

 

Dublin Historical Museum

Dublin

Erath

Local history

Operated by the Dublin Historical Society, exhibits include Ben Hogan, collection Big Little Books, military artifacts[41]

 

Dublin Rodeo Heritage Museum

Dublin

Erath

American West

Rodeo photos, saddles, media related to when Dublin, Texas hosted one of the biggest rodeo companies in world during the late 30's, 40's and 50's[42]

 

Eastland County Law Enforcement Museum

Eastland

Eastland

Law enforcement

located in the 1897 Eastland County Jail, once housing a Santa Claus Bank Robbery suspect.[43]

 

Eastland County Museum

Eastland

Eastland

Local history

located in the old Eastland National Bank Building.[43]

 

Eastland Outdoor Art Museum

Eastland

Eastland

Art

includes over 40 copies of famous artworks placed around town[43]

 

Eisenhower Birthplace State Historic Site

Denison

Grayson

Historic house

Restored 1890s birthplace of President Dwight Eisenhower[44]

 

Ellis County Museum

Waxahachie

Ellis

Local history

[45]

 

Elm Fork Nature Preserve

Carrollton

Collin, Dallas, Denton

Nature Preserve Biodiversity

[46]

 

Emory Heritage Park

Emory

Rains

Open air

Early 20th-century buildings open by appointment, operated by the Rains County Historical Society, includes a 1920s period house, church, service station, cotton gin scales building and jail[47]

 

Ennis Railroad and Cultural Heritage Museum

Ennis

Ellis

Multiple

Local history, railroad memorabilia, dioramas, depot replicas, Czech dolls from the old country[48]

 

Fannin County Museum of History

Bonham

Fannin

Local history

[49]

 

Farmers Branch Historical Park

Farmers Branch

Dallas

Open air

27 acres, includes 1856 Gilbert House, a train depot, school, 1930s Dodson House, 1885 Victorian cottage, 1890s church[50]

 

Fielder House

Arlington

Tarrant

Local history

Operated by the Arlington Historical Society[51]

 

Fire Station No.1

Fort Worth

Tarrant

Local history

Satellite museum of the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History[52] Closed on February 19, 2016.

 

Fire Hall Museum

Crowell

Foard

Local history

[53]

 

Florence Ranch Homestead

Mesquite

Dallas

Historic house

Late 19th-century settler's homestead[54]

 

Fort Inglish

Bonham

Fannin

History

Replica mid 19th-century fort, includes a frontier cabin, a trading post, and blacksmith shop, open seasonally[55]

 

Fort Richardson State Park

Jacksboro

Jack

Military

Restored post-Civil War fort buildings[56]

 

Fort Worth Aviation Museum

Fort Worth

Tarrant

Aviation

History of North Texas aviation from the first flight to modern stealth aircraft. 25 aircraft and special exhibits on forward air control, World War I, military aviation, barnstormers, airlines, airports, World War II, Consolidated B-36 and other locally made aircraft.

 

Fort Worth Museum of Science and History

Fort Worth

Tarrant

Multiple

Science, local history

 

Frisco Heritage Museum

Frisco

Collin

Local history

Local history exhibits, period room and industry displays, Heritage Center village of historic homes, a log cabin, one room school house and church[57][58]

 

Frontiers of Flight Museum

Dallas

Dallas

Aviation

History behind the earliest aviators to modern astronauts, balloons and Zeppelins, the Wright brothers, World War I & II commercial and general flight and the ongoing space program

 

Fuller House

Euless

Tarrant

Historic house

Restored Depression era house[59]

 

Gallery at UTA

Arlington

Tarrant

Art

Part of the Fine Arts building of the University of Texas at Arlington[60]

 

W. K. Gordon Center for Industrial History of Texas

Thurber

Erath

Industry

Operated by Tarleton State University, development of the coal, brick, and petroleum industries in the Thurber area[61]

 

Gordon Community Library & Museum

Gordon

Palo Pinto

Local history

[62]

 

Grapevine Historical Museum

Grapevine

Tarrant

Local history

Operated by the Grapevine Historical Society in a former ice house[63]

 

Grapevine Museum Galleries

Grapevine

Tarrant

Art

Art galleries, located in the visitor's information center depot that also includes the Grapevine Vintage Railroad operations, a blacksmith shop, the station house[64]

 

Grayson County Frontier Village

Sherman

Grayson

Open air

Recreated frontier village with many historic houses[65]

 

Hall of State

Dallas

Dallas

Local history

Exhibits of city history and culture, operated by the Dallas Historical Society

 

Hangar 10 Flying Museum

Denton

Denton

Aviation

Restored historic aircraft, located at Denton Municipal Airport[66]

 

Harber Wildlife Museum

Sherman

Grayson

Natural history

Collection of big game animals in dioramas and African artifacts[67]

 

Hardeman County Historical Jail Museum

Quanah

Hardeman

Prison

Historic jail and keeper's residence[68]

 

Heard-Craig Center for the Arts

McKinney

Collin

Historic house

1900 Heard-Craig House with family's heirlooms, paintings, art objects, personal memorabilia and furniture[69]

 

Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary

McKinney

Collin

Natural history

Includes Texas' venomous snakes, rocks, minerals and fossils, seashells and marine life, North Texas ecosystems, 289-acre wildlife sanctuary[70]

 

Heritage Farmstead Museum

Plano

Collin

Living

Blackland Prairie farm culture and history from about 1890 to 1920

 

Heritage House (Irving, Texas)

Irving

Dallas

Historic house

Early 20th-century period house, operated by the Irving Heritage Society[71][72]

 

Hill County Cell Block Museum

Hillsboro

Hill

Local history

exhibits include Hill County native Willie Nelson, Native American artifacts, vintage clothing, and an actual cell block that was used until the 80s[73]

 

Conrad Hilton Museum

Cisco

Eastland

Local history

Building that housed the first Hilton Hotel, the Mobley Hotel; part of the building houses the Mobley Museum about Conrad Hilton and the Mobley Hotel[74][75]

 

Himes Log Cabin

Euless

Tarrant

Historic house

restored 1850s log cabin[59]

 

Hood County Jail and Museum

Granbury

Hood

Prison

Old Western jail with local history exhibits[76]

 

Horton Classic Car Museum

Nocona

Montague

Automotive

Focus on American vintage, classic and muscle cars[77]

 

Interurban Railway Museum

Plano

Collin

Transportation

   

International Bowling Museum

Arlington

Tarrant

Sports

Bowling history

 

International Museum of Cultures

Duncanville

Dallas

Anthropology

Contemporary indigenous world cultures[78][79]

 

Irving Arts Center

Irving

Dallas

Art

Includes four galleries and a sculpture garden

 

Jack County Museum

Jacksboro

Jack

Local history

[80]

 

Jesuit Dallas Museum

Dallas

Dallas

Art

Part of the Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas, art from 5 continents and 25 countries, spanning 2000 years[81]

 

Johnson County Museum

Cleburne

Johnson

Local history

Operated by the Johnson County Historic Commission, located on the north wing of the first floor in the restored Johnson County Court House[82]

 

Juanita J. Craft Civil Rights House

Dallas

Dallas

Biographical

Home of Juanita Craft, area civil rights pioneer[83][84]

 

Kell House Museum

Wichita Falls

Wichita

Historic house

Operated by the Wichita County Heritage Society, early 20th-century period house[85][86]

 

Kemp Center for the Arts

Wichita Falls

Wichita

Art

Arts center with exhibit galleries, performing arts[87]

 

Kimbell Art Museum

Fort Worth

Tarrant

Art

Collections include European, Asian and Pre-Columbian art[10]

 

Knapp Heritage Park

Arlington

Tarrant

Open air

Operated by the Arlington Historical Society, includes a one-room schoolhouse, two cabins, and a blacksmith barn[88]

 

Latino Cultural Center

Dallas

Dallas

Art

Latino art and culture with an art gallery

 

Layland Museum

Cleburne

Johnson

Local history

Exhibits include regional home and family life, Native Americans, clothing, art and craft, frontier and town life[89]

 

Lefty Frizzell Museum

Corsicana

Navarro

Music

Exhibits of Texas country western stars, furniture and memorabilia of Lefty Frizzell, part of the Pioneer Village[90][91]

 

Lela Llatch Lloyd Memorial Museum

Cisco

Eastland

Local history

[92]

 

Lenora Rolla Heritage Center Museum

Fort Worth

Tarrant

African-American

Open by appointment

 

Leonard Historic Museum

Leonard

Fannin

Local history

Photos, antique Native American pottery[93]

 

Log Cabin Village

Fort Worth

Tarrant

Living

19th-century period pioneer village[94]

 

Lone Star Hi-Railers Model Train Exhibit

Grapevine

Tarrant

Railroad

Located in a restored depot, model train layout, #771 Baldwin Mikado 2-8-2 steam engine and baggage car outside[95]

 

Mama Muriel's Doll Museum

Leonard

Fannin

Dolls

Thousands of dolls dating back to the mid-1800s, includes Barbie dolls, antique German and French dolls, dolls from Madame AlexanderEffanbee and American Girl[96]

 

Mansfield Historical Museum

Mansfield

Tarrant

Local history

Operated by the Mansfield Historical Society[97][98]

 

Mary Kay Museum

Addison

Dallas

Biographical

Located at the headquarters of Mary Kay, history and accomplishments of Mary Kay Ash[99]

 

McKinney Avenue Contemporary

Dallas

Dallas

Art

Also known as The MAC, contemporary art in all disciplines[100]

 

Meadows Museum

Dallas

Dallas

Art

Features Spanish art, part of Southern Methodist University

 

Medicine Mound Museum

Medicine Mound

Hardeman

Local history

Open Saturdays and by appointment[101][102]

 

Mesquite Arts Center

Mesquite

Dallas

Art

Performing and cultural art center with gallery[103]

 

Military Museum of Fort Worth

Fort Worth

Tarrant

Military

Artifacts and history of veterans and combat units connected to Texas from the 20th century through today, including World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and the Gulf Wars. Featured is a gallery of "Hometown Heros" that tells the story of notable Fort Worth natives including Amon G. Carter Jr., Clarence Brewster, Howard Scott and more.[10][104]

 

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

Fort Worth

Tarrant

Modern art[10]

   

Morton Museum

Gainesville

Cooke

Local history

History of Cooke County, operated by the Cooke County Heritage Society[105]

 

Museum of Geometric and MADI Art

Dallas

Dallas

Art

Madí and geometric abstract art[106]

 

Museum of North Texas History

Wichita Falls

Wichita

Local history

Includes Native American artifacts, cowboy hat collection, oil industry memorabilia, wedding gowns, ship models, period displays, model trains,[107] also operates the Call Aviation Field Memorial Exhibit at Wichita Falls Regional Airport,[108] history of Call Field in World War I, historic aircraft, Sheppard Air Force Base

 

Museum of the American Railroad

Frisco

Collin

Railroad

Steam, diesel and passenger railroad equipment[57]

 

Museum of the Americas (Texas)

Weatherford

Parker

Anthropology

Crafts, folk art, culture and artifacts including Mexico, Northwest Coast Indians, Plains Indians, Seminole Indians of Florida, Kuna Indians of Panama[109]

 

Mustangs of Las Colinas

Irving

Dallas

Art

One of the largest equestrian sculptures in the world, adjacent museum about the work's creation[110]

 

Nash Farm

Grapevine

Tarrant

Farm

Mid 19th-century working farm[111]

 

Nasher Sculpture Center

Dallas

Dallas

Art

Modern and contemporary sculpture museum and garden

 

National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame

Fort Worth

Tarrant

American West

Famous cowgirls, memorabilia

 

National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum

Fort Worth

Tarrant

American West

Cowboy contributions of Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, European Americans, and African Americans

 

National Scouting Museum

Irving

Dallas

Scouting

Official museum of the Boy Scouts of America

 

National Vietnam War Museum

Weatherford

Parker

Military

Proposed museum, will include Vietnam era artifacts & exhibits[112]

 

No. 1 British Flying Training School Museum

Terrell

Kaufman

Military

History of the World War II flight training schools for British pilots, includes log books, training materials, WW II memorabilia and uniforms[113]

 

Northeast Texas Children's Museum

Commerce

Hunt

Children's

Located in the Watson Center building of Texas A&M University–Commerce[114]

 

Old Jail Museum

Palo Pinto

Palo Pinto

Prison

Operated by the Palo Pinto County Historical Commission, historic jail and keeper's residence, complex includes several log cabins and a carriage house[115]

 

Old Post Office Museum & Art Center

Graham

Young

Multiple

Local history and art[116]

 

Old Red Museum

Dallas

Dallas

Local history

County history and culture, located in the former Dallas County Courthouse

 

Outlaw Trails Museum

Sherman

Grayson

History

Located in the Touch of Class Antique Mall, eclectic collection of antiques, collectibles and memorabilia; themes include local history, commercial, railroad, outlaw, political and Native American[117][118]

 

Quanah Acme & Pacific Railroad Museum

Quanah

Hardeman

Local history

Located in a 1908 Spanish-style depot[68]

 

Patterson-Appleton Center for Visual Arts

Denton

Denton

Art

Operated by the Greater Denton Arts Council, includes the Meadows and Gough Galleries[119]

 

The Pearce Collections at Navarro College

Corsicana

Navarro

Multiple

Contemporary American Western art and American Civil War collections

 

Pelham Community History Museum

Pelham

Navarro

African American

African American community heritage[120]

 

Penn Farm Agricultural History Center

Cedar Hill

Dallas

Agriculture

Located in Cedar Hill State Park, working farm with reconstructed and historic buildings from the mid-1800s through the mid-1900s

 

Perot Museum of Nature and Science

Dallas

Dallas

Multiple

Natural history, science, children's exhibits; formerly Dallas Museum of Nature & science

 

Perrin Air Force Base Historical Museum

Denison

Grayson

Military

History of the Perrin Air Force Base, located at North Texas Regional Airport[121]

 

A.W. Perry Homestead Museum

Carrollton

Dallas

Historic house

Early 20th-century pioneer homestead[122]

 

Pioneer Village

Corsicana

Navarro

Open air

Historic pioneer village with log houses, general store, trading post and other buildings, exhibits about Navarro County, includes the Lefty Frizzell Museum, Sam Roberts Museum, Peace Officers Museum, operated by the Navarro County Historical Society[123]

 

Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum

Wichita Falls

Wichita

Professional wrestling

History of professional wrestling

 

Red River Railroad Museum

Denison

Grayson

Railroad

Railroad artifacts, equipment, memorabilia, photos, caboose and railroad cars[124]

 

Red River Valley Museum

Vernon

Wilbarger

Local history

Includes mounted wild game displays, ranching, pioneer and period business displays, Roy Orbison and Jack Teagarden exhibits, sculptures of Electra Waggoner Biggs

 

Sid Richardson Museum

Fort Worth

Tarrant

Art

Works of Frederic Remington and Charles Russell and other works about the American West [125]

 

Ripley's Believe It or Not!

Grand Prairie

Dallas

Amusement

[126]

 

Roanoke Visitor Center and Museum

Roanoke

Denton

Local history

Located in a former saloon[127]

 

Robert E. Richeson Memorial Museum

Graham

Young

Military

World War II memorabilia including munitions, uniforms, items of everyday military life and model aircraft, open by appointment[128]

 

Roaring Ranger Museum

Ranger

Eastland

Local history

History of the town after the oil boom[129]

 

C.S. Roberts House Museum

Sherman

Grayson

Historic house

1896 Eastlake-Stick Style house, operated by the Sherman Preservation League[130]

 

Ruth Paine House Museum

Irving

Dallas

Historic house

1963 period house where alleged JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald spent the night before the assassination[131]

 

Sachse Historical Society Museum

Sachse

Dallas

Local history

[132]

 

Sam Rayburn Museum

Bonham

Fannin

Biographical

Life of former Texas congressman and Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Sam Rayburn, operated by the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

 

Samuel T. Rayburn House

Bonham

Fannin

Biographical

20th century home of Sam Rayburn, NRHP listing in Fannin County

 

Santa Fe Depot & Museum

Gainesville

Cooke

Railroad

Restored depot, exhibits include area railroads, Gainesville Community Circus, Coca Cola and Harvey House Restaurant[133][134]

 

Settlement to City Museums

Grapevine

Tarrant

Local history

Features three historic period buildings, the 1888 Keeling House Museum with local history displays, the 1910 Cotton Ginner's Museum about the area cotton industry, and the 1900 Donald Schoolhouse[135]

 

Sherman Jazz Museum

Sherman

Grayson

Music

Collection of jazz LPs, videos, music playback machines, and jazz memorabilia[136]

 

Sherman Museum

Sherman

Grayson

Local history

Exhibits include area fossils and sharks, period rooms, general store, courthouses of Grayson County[137]

 

Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza

Dallas

Dallas

History

Life, times, death and legacy of U.S. President John F. Kennedy

 

Somervell County Historical Museum

Glen Rose

Somervell

Local history

[138]

 

Spellman Museum of Forney History

Forney

Kaufman

Local history

Operated by the Forney Historic Preservation League, exhibits include Native Americans, wildlife, early settlers, transportation, agriculture, Forney schools[139][140]

 

Stephenville Historical House Museum

Stephenville

Erath

Open air

Features twelve 19th-century buildings furnished with period furniture and artifacts, including log cabins, a ranch house, a rock cottage, a two-story Victorian house, a chapel, and a school house[141]

 

Stockyards Museum

Fort Worth

Tarrant

Industry

History of the Fort Worth Stockyards Company and the meatpacking industry [142]

 

Stonewall Saloon Museum

St. Jo

Montague

History

Restored late 19th-century saloon[143]

 

Tales 'N' Trails Museum

Nocona

Montague

Local history

Features Native American artifacts and European trade goods, Western heritage artifacts, agriculture displays, leather goods, oil and gas industry displays[144]

 

Tandy Leather Museum & Gallery

Fort Worth

Tarrant

Art

The Tandy Leather Museum & Gallery is a free museum in Fort Worth, TX featuring an extensive collection of historical and modern leather art[145]

 

Terrell Heritage Society Museum

Terrell

Kaufman

Local history

Located in a former Carnegie library[146]

 

Texas Civil War Museum

Fort Worth

Tarrant

Civil War

Artifacts from Texas in the American Civil War, domestic objects, historic flags, personal items, and postwar Victorian clothing[147]

 

Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame

Fort Worth

Tarrant

American West

[10]

 

Texas Heritage Museum

Hillsboro

Hill

Military

Part of Hill College, history of Texas and Texans in wartime[148]

 

Texas Musicians Museum

Irving

Dallas

Music

Includes exhibits of Texas musicians and Texas music memorabilia [149]

 

Texas Women's Hall of Fame

Denton

Denton

Women's history

Located on the Denton campus of Texas Women's University

 

Texas Women's University Art Galleries

Denton

Denton

Art

East and West Galleries in the Fine Arts Building[150]

 

UNT ArtSpace Dallas

Dallas

Dallas

Art

Part of the University of North Texas College of Visual Arts and Design, includes the Texas Fashion Collection, located in the University Center Building[151]

 

UNT Galleries

Denton

Denton

Art

Part of the University of North Texas College of Visual Arts and Design, includes the University of North Texas Art Gallery, Cora Stafford Gallery, Lightwell Gallery and North Gallery[151]

 

U.S. Veterans Museum of Granbury Texas

Granbury

Hood

Military

[152]

 

Van Alstyne Historical Museum

Van Alstyne

Grayson

Local history

Operated by the Van Alstyne Historical Society[153]

 

Vintage Flying Museum

Fort Worth

Tarrant

Aviation

Restored historic aircraft[154]

 

W.K. Gordon Center for Industrial History of Texas

Mingus

Palo Pinto

Industry

Facility of Tarleton State University, history of the former railroad town, area coal, brick and petroleum industries[155][156]

 

White Settlement Historical Museum

White Settlement

Tarrant

Local history

[157]

 

Whiteside Museum of Natural History

Seymour

Baylor

Natural history

Area Permian-era dinosaur fossils, live reptiles and amphibians[158]

 

Whitewright Historical Museum

Whitewright

Fannin

Local history

Open by appointment[159]

 

Wichita Falls Museum of Art

Wichita Falls

Wichita

Art

Part of Midwestern State University[160]

 

Wichita Falls Fire & Police Museum

Wichita Falls

Wichita

Railroad

Historic fire engines, equipment and police cruisers, open the 1st Saturday of the month[161]

 

Wichita Falls Railroad Museum

Wichita Falls

Wichita

Railroad

Includes 15 railroad rolling stock units, 8 motorcar units and railroad memorabilia

 

Wise County Heritage Museum

Decatur

Wise

Local history

Operated by the Wise County Historical Society[162]

 

Zaner Robison Historical Museum

Royse City

Rockwall

Local history

Life on the Blackland Prairie from early settlers through the boom years of the 1960s[163]

 

 

South Texas and Texas Gulf Coast

 

Includes the cities of AlvinBrownsvilleCorpus ChristiGalvestonGoliadHarlingenHoustonLa Porte, and Victoria.

Counties included are AustinBrazoriaChambersColoradoFort BendGalvestonHarrisLibertyMatagordaMontgomeryWalkerWaller, and Wharton.

Main article: List of museums in South Texas

Includes the cities of AliceBeevilleBrackettvilleCueroLaredoUvalde.

Counties included are AransasAtascosaBeeBrooksCalhounCameronDeWittDimmitDuvalEdwardsFrioGoliadGonzalesGuadalupeHidalgoJacksonJim HoggJim WellsKarnesKenedyKinneyKlebergLa SalleLavacaLive OakMcMullenMaverickMedinaNuecesRealRefugioSan PatricioStarrUvaldeVal VerdeVictoriaWebbWillacyZapata and Zavala.

 

Museum name

City

Type

Summary/Refs

 

1940 Air Terminal Museum

Houston

Aviation

Southeast Texas's commercial aviation history (with an emphasis on Houston)

 

20th Century Technology Museum

Wharton

Technology

Displays include radios, phonographs and a jukebox, televisions, arcade games, home appliances, farm equipment, telephones, typewriters, computers, electronics, cameras and aircraft

 

Agricultural Historical Museum

Winnie

Agriculture

Open by appointment, includes tractors, farming equipment, photos, Winnie Sante Fe Depot[2]

 

Alden B. Dow Office Museum

Lake Jackson

Local history

Operated by the Lake Jackson Historical Association, restored and recreated 1943 office Alden B. Dow used to design the city of Lake Jackson's buildings and winding streets[3]

 

Alvin Historical Museum

Alvin

Local history

Operated by the Alvin Museum Society in a historic post office building[4]

 

Alley Log Cabin Museum

Columbus

Historic house

Mid 19th-century log cabin[5]

 

American Cowboy Museum

Houston

Western

Art, history, and culture of the contributions of African Americans, Hispanic, Native Americans, and women to the development of the American West[6]

 

American Indian Genocide Museum

Houston

History

Genocide of American Indians

 

ArtCar Museum

Houston

Art

Contemporary art including art cars, fine arts, and artists that are rarely seen in other cultural institutions

 

Art League Houston

Houston

Art

Alternative art exhibitions[7]

 

Ashton Villa

Galveston

Historic house

NRHP, mid 19th-century brick house, currently not open for tours, operated by the Galveston Historical Foundation

 

Asia Society Texas Center

Houston

Ethnic

Facility of the Asia Society, includes an art gallery and Allen Sculpture Garden, art and culture presentations[8]

 

Austin County Jail Museum

Bellville

Prison

Tours provided on Saturdays by the Bellville Historical Society[9][10]

 

Ammon Underwood House

West Columbia

Historic house

1830s period house[11]

 

Barbers Hill / Mont Belvieu Museum

Mont Belvieu

Local history

[12]

 

Bay Area Museum

Nassau Bay

Local History

Exhibits include NASA memorabilia, Japanese artifacts, Karankawa Indians, Lunar Rendezvous Festival

 

Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens

Houston

Decorative arts

Facility of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, historic mansion with decorative arts, furniture

 

Baytown Historical Museum

Baytown

Local history

[13]

 

Bishop's Palace

Galveston

Historic house

Gilded Age mansion NRHP, operated by the Galveston Historical Foundation

 

Blaffer Art Museum

Houston

Art

Part of the University of Houston, exhibits national and international works as well as artwork by students

 

Brazoria Historical Museum

Brazoria

Local history

Operated by the Brazoria Heritage Foundation, exhibits include Karankawa Indians, Austin Colony, Masonry, plantations and ranches, the Civil War, early businesses, military memorabilia, vintage grocery store merchandise, African American history, natural history, fiber arts displays[14]

 

Brazoria County Historical Museum

Angleton

Local history

History and cultural heritage of Brazoria County, located in the historic courthouse[15]

 

Brazos Valley Railroad Society

Brazoria

Railroad

HO model scale train layout and museum, open on Saturdays[16]

 

Brazosport Center for the Arts & Sciences

Clute

Multiple

Includes the Brazosport Museum of Natural Science, Brazosport Art League Gallery, BASF Planetarium, Center Stages Theater, and affiliate organizations including the Brazosport Symphony Orchestra and Symphony League[17]

 

Brazosport Museum of Natural Science

Clute

Natural history

Features shells, fossils, dinosaur skeletons, wildlife, rocks & minerals and archeology, part of the Brazosport Center for the Arts & Sciences[18]

 

Bryan Museum

Galveston

Multiple

Features Southwestern US history and art, includes rare documents in German, French, Spanish and English, saddles and spurs, antique firearms, rare books, fine art, religious art, folk art, portraits, rare maps

 

Buffalo Soldiers National Museum

Houston

Military

History of the African American Buffalo Soldiers[19]

 

Butler Longhorn Museum

League City

American West

Texas Longhorn history through in western art, music, Longhorn artifacts and Texas historical items[20]

 

Children's Museum of Houston

Houston

Children's

   

City By the Sea Museum

Palacios

Texas Gulf Coast

Museum of the Palacios Area Historical Association, exhibits include Camp Hulen, fishing, ships, agriculture, Hurricane CarlaKarankawa Indians[21]

 

Columbia Historical Museum

West Columbia

Local history

[22]

 

Confederate Memorial Museum

Columbus

Local history

[23][24]

 

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

Houston

Art

Contemporary art created within the past 40 years

 

Czech Center Museum Houston

Houston

Ethnic

Cultural center to preserve the language, scholarship and arts of BohemiaMoraviaSilesia and Slovakia[25]

 

Danish Heritage Museum of Danevang

Danevang

Ethnic

Exhibits related to the everyday lives of the Danish pioneer settlers of Danevang[26]

 

Dickinson Historic Railroad Center

Dickinson

Local history

Owned by the city and operated by the Dickinson Historical Society[27][28]

 

DiverseWorks

Houston

Art

Presents new visual, performing, and literary art[29]

 

Doc Porter Museum of Telephone History

Bellaire

Telecommunications

Telephone equipment and the history of the telephone, open by appointment[30]

 

Dunham Bible Museum

Houston

Literary

Part of Houston Baptist University, rare bibles and manuscripts[31]

 

Egypt Plantation Museum

Egypt

Historic house

Empire period house, also includes depot museum with ranching heritage and plantation life displays, and Texas history[32]

 

El Campo Museum of Natural History

El Campo

Natural history

wildlife dioramas, special collections of clown memorabilia, fishing lures, seashells [33]

 

Fernland Historical Park

Montgomery

Open air

[34]

 

Footprints in Courage Museum

Shenandoah

Local history

Located inside the Shenandoah Visitors Center[35]

 

Fort Bend County Heritage Unlimited Museum

Kendleton

African American

Lifestyles of African American settlers and residents from 1865-1965[36][37]

 

Fort Bend Museum

Richmond

Open air

Includes the museum, Long-Smith Cottage, 1883 John M. and Lottie D. Moore House, and the McFarlane House[38]

 

Foster Community Museum

Foster

Local history

[39]

 

Frank J. Brown Heritage Museum and Barn

Friendswood

Historic house

Also known as the Friendswood Museum, reconstructed early 1900s Quaker home with furniture and artifacts[40]

 

Freeport Historical Museum

Freeport

Local history

[41]

 

Galveston Arts Center

Galveston

Art

[42]

 

Galveston County Museum

Galveston

Local history

Reopening in late 2014 in the Galveston County Courthouse[43]

 

Galveston Railroad Museum

Galveston

Railroad

Includes rolling stock, model trains, devastation caused by Hurricane Ike, maps, railroad jargon, pictures from the Southern Railroad and the Panama Railway exhibit, railroad dining cars and china

 

George Ranch Historical Park

Richmond

Open air

20,000 acre working ranch featuring historic homes, costumed interpreters and livestock[44]

 

Health Museum

Houston

Science

Human body, cells, health, also known as the John P. McGovern Museum of Health and Medical Science

 

H.E.A.R.T.S. Veterans Museum

Huntsville

Military

Exhibits about all branches, POWs, home life [45]

 

Heritage Museum of Montgomery County, Texas

Conroe

Local history

Exhibits include everyday life, lumber and oil industries[46]

 

Heritage Society Museum

Houston

Open air

Part of Sam Houston Park, includes exhibits of local history, several historic houses and a church

 

Heritage Society Museum of Weimar

Weimar

Local history

Housed in the Old Hill Bank building, include local Main Street business displays, early country kitchen, pharmacy and soda fountain exhibit, military artifacts[47][48]

 

Holocaust Museum Houston

Houston

Holocaust

History of the Holocaust and the dangers of prejudice, hatred and violence

 

Houston Bicycle Museum

Houston

Transportation

Collections of antique and classic bicycles as well as cycling-related memorabilia[49]

 

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

Houston

Art

Contemporary craft art with an emphasis on fiber, metal, glass, clay and wood[50]

 

Houston Center for Photography

Houston

Art

Exhibits of historic and contemporary photography[51]

 

Houston Fire Museum

Houston

Firefighting

Includes vehicles, equipment, uniforms

 

Houston Maritime Museum

Houston

Maritime

Includes ship models, navigation instruments and maritime artifacts[52]

 

Houston Museum of African American Culture

Houston

African American

African American history and culture, including regional and national[53]

 

Houston Museum of Natural Science

Houston

Natural history, Science

Exhibits include animal dioramas and mounts, gems and minerals, dinosaurs and fossils, mollusks, chemistry, energy, space science, Ancient Egypt, pre-Columbian archaeological artifacts, planetarium, butterfly zoo

 

Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugarland

Sugar Land

Natural history

Located in Telfair, opened in 2009, exhibits on paleontology, space, life and earth science[54]

 

Houston Police Department Museum

Houston

Law enforcement

Artifacts from the Honor Guard, SWAT, Mounted Patrol, badges, uniforms and other equipment[55]

 

Humble Museum

Humble

Local history

Exhibits include oil, cattle, lumber, churches and everyday life[56]

 

John C. Freeman Weather Museum

Houston

Natural history

Currently relocating, climate and weather science

 

Jung Center of Houston

Houston

Art

Features an art gallery[57]

 

Katy Contemporary Arts Museum

Katy

Art

Also known as KCAM, contemporary regional art from the fifties to the present[58]

 

Katy Heritage Museum

Katy

Local history

Includes farming equipment, agricultural and pioneering history artifacts, photographs and antiques[59]

 

Katy Heritage Park

Katy

Open air

Operated by the Katy Heritage Society, includes three historic houses, the Humble Mess Hall, a post office, tool shed/wash house and bandstand[60]

 

Katy Veterans Memorial Museum

Katy

Military

Artifacts from every foreign conflict involving the United States[59]

 

Lake Jackson Historical Museum

Lake Jackson

Local history

Operated by the Lake Jackson Historical Association, exhibits include the prehistoric era, the plantation era, area's petrochemical industry and the founding of modern Lake Jackson[61]

 

Lawndale Art Center

Houston

Art

Art gallery

 

Levi Jordan Plantation

Brazoria

Historic house

Antebellum plantation, site under development and only open to the public on a limited basis and by appointment, includes the plantation house and archeological remains, including the slave quarters that were subsequently occupied by freedmen until the 1880s

 

Live Oak Art Center

Columbus

Art

Contemporary art, offers year-round exhibitions, workshops, publications, outreach programs, lectures, classes[62]

 

Lone Star Flight Museum

Galveston

Aviation

Features historic aircraft and the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame

 

Magnolia Depot Museum

Magnolia

Local history

Operated by the Magnolia Historical Society,[63] includes an office/ barbershop building, an antique sawmill and a red caboose[64]

 

Marguerite Rogers House Museum

Alvin

Historic house

Operated by the Alvin Museum Society, also known as the Cottage House Museum[65]

 

Matagorda County Museum

Bay City

Local history

Pioneers, Native Americans, fossils, children's museum representing an 1890-1910 small town[66]

 

McKay Clinic Medical Museum

Humble

Medical

Original furniture and equipment from the 1938 medical clinic, open by appointment with the Humble Museum[56]

 

Menil Collection

Houston

Art

20th century art

 

Michel B. Menard House

Galveston

Historic house

1838 house, operated by the Galveston Historical Foundation[67]

 

MKT Depot

Katy

Railroad

Historic depot and caboose, area railroad artifacts, operated by the Katy Heritage Society[60]

 

Moody Mansion

Galveston

Historic house

Built in 1895, this 20-room mansion was once owned by William Lewis Moody, Jr. and later his daughter Mary Moody Northen

 

Moody Gardens

Galveston

Multiple

Includes Discovery Pyramid with traveling exhibits about science and space, Rainforest Pyramid with animals and plants, and the Aquarium Pyramid

 

Museum of American Architecture and Decorative Arts

Houston

Decorative arts

Part of Houston Baptist University, social history and material culture of people settling in Texas between 1830 and 1930, includes doll and miniature furniture collections[68]

 

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Houston

Art

Collection of the museum spans more than 6,000 years of history with approximately 64,000 works from six continents

 

Museum of Printing History

Houston

Multiple

Also called The Printing Museum, includes historical documents, fine art exhibits and antique printing equipment[69]

 

Museum of Southern History

Houston

History

Part of Houston Baptist University, history of the South during the mid-19th century with period room displays

 

N.H. Davis Pioneer Complex and Museum

Montgomery

Local history

Pioneer artifacts[70]

 

National United States Armed Forces Museum

Houston

Military

Includes military vehicles, tanks, helicopters, also known as the Military Museum of Houston[71]

 

National Museum of Funeral History

Houston

History

Exhibits include caskets, funeral and mourning artifacts and rituals

 

Nolan Ryan Exhibit Center

Alvin

Biographical

Baseball pitcher Nolan Ryan, part of Alvin Community College[72]

 

Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig & Museum

Galveston

Industry

History and technology of the area offshore oil and gas industry, is housed on a retired jack-up rig set up in the Galveston harbor

 

Pasadena Heritage Park & Museum

Pasadena

Open air

Operated by the Pasadena Historical Society, includes early settler's homes, vintage furniture, clothing and antiques[73]

 

Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts

Spring

Art

Features three galleries of changing exhibits[74]

 

Pioneer Memorial Log House Museum

Houston

Historic house

Located in Hermann Park, operated by the San Jacinto Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas[75]

 

Rice University Art Gallery

Houston

Art

Part of Rice University, dedicated to site-specific installation art that visitors can enter and explore[76]

 

Rothko Chapel

Houston

Art

Nondenominational chapel with art by Mark Rothko

 

Rosenberg Railroad Museum

Rosenberg

Railroad

Includes a railroad tower, rail cars, model train layout

 

Sam Houston Memorial Museum

Huntsville

Biographical

Part of Sam Houston State University, life of Gen. Sam Houston[77]

 

Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center

Liberty

Multiple

Includes changing exhibits of South Texas history from its collections and two historic house museums

 

San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site

San Felipe

History

Includes historic log dogtrot house and J.J. Josey General Store & Museum

 

San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site

La Porte

Multiple

Includes the San Jacinto Museum of History about the history of Texas, the San Jacinto Monument, the battlefield and the USS Texas museum ship

 

Santa Claus Museum

Columbus

Commodity

Also known as Mary Elizabeth Hopkins Santa Claus Museum, gift shop and museum with Santa Claus memorabilia and art[78][79]

 

Seawolf Park

Galveston

Maritime

Includes the submarine USS Cavalla (SS-244), the ASW destroyer escort USS Stewart (DE-238), and the remains of a merchant ship

 

Space Center Houston

Houston

Aerospace

Visitor's center of the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center

 

Spring Historical Museum

Spring

Local history

[80]

 

Station Museum of Contemporary Art

Houston

Art

Exhibition forum for local, national, and international artists, with an emphasis on fine arts that reflects the cultural diversity of Houston's communities

 

Strake Jesuit Art Museum

Houston

Art

Part of Strake Jesuit College Preparatory in the located in the Moody Memorial Library, includes works by Rufino TamayoJohn AlexanderJames RosenquistJesús MorolesLuis Jimenez and Pablo Picasso[81]

 

Sugar Land Heritage Foundation

Sugar Land

Local history

[82]

 

Surfside Beach Historical Museum

Surfside Beach

Local history

Located on the top floor of City Hall, exhibits include Fort Velasco[83]

 

Sylvan Beach Depot Museum and Library

La Porte

Local history

Operated by the La Porte Heritage Society[84]

 

Tate-Senftenberg-Brandon House

Columbus

Historic house

19th-century house with furnishings depicting small town life a century ago, operated by the Columbus Historical Preservation Trust[5]

 

Texas City Museum

Texas City

Local history

Includes model railroad exhibit and children's discovery area[85]

 

Texas Prison Museum

Huntsville

Law enforcement

History of the prison system in Texas

 

Texas Seaport Museum

Galveston

Maritime

Includes the three-masted barque Elissa, operated by the Galveston Historical Foundation[86]

 

Tomball Museum Center

Tomball

Open air

Operated by the Spring Creek County Historical Association, includes two period historic houses, country doctor's office, farm equipment display, log buildings, church, schoolhouse, oil camp house[87]

 

USS Texas

La Porte

Museum ship

Battleship, part of San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site

 

Varner–Hogg Plantation State Historical Site

West Columbia

Historic house

Antebellum plantation mansion, pecan orchards, original outbuildings, cemetery, sugarcane mill ruins

 

Walker County Historical Museum

Huntsville

Local history

Located in the Gibbs-Powell House[88]

 

Wallisville Heritage Park and Museum

Wallisville

Local history

[89]

 

West Bay Common School Children's Museum

League City

Children's

Includes one room schoolhouse, barn with farm tools and hands-on displays, and an ice house/barbershop[90]

 

Wharton County Historical Museum

Wharton

Local history

History, culture, and traditions of the county[91]

 

Woodlands Children's Museum

Woodlands

Children's

[92]

 

Rutherford B. H. Yates Museum

Houston

African American

History of the Freedmen's Town National Historic District[93]

 

 

West Texas and Texas Panhandle

 

Counties included are ArmstrongBriscoeCarsonCastroChildressCollingsworthDallamDeaf SmithDonleyGrayHallHansfordHartleyHemphillHutchinsonLipscombMooreOchiltreeOldhamParmerPotterRandallRobertsShermanSwisher and Wheeler.

Main article: List of museums in West Texas

Counties included are AndrewsBaileyBordenBrewsterBrownCallahanCochranCokeColemanComancheConchoCraneCrockettCrosbyCulbersonDawsonDickensEastlandEctorEl PasoFisherFloydGainesGarzaGlasscockHaleHaskellHockleyHowardHudspethIrionJeff DavisJonesKentKimbleKingKnoxLambLovingLubbockLynnMartinMasonMcCullochMenardMidlandMitchellMotleyNolanPecosPresidioReaganReevesRunnelsSchleicherScurryShackelfordStephensSterlingStonewallSuttonTaylorTerrellTerryThrockmortonTom GreenUptonWardWinkler and Yoakum.

 

Museum name

City

Type

Summary/Refs

12th Armored Division Memorial Museum

Abilene

Military

History of the 12th Armored Division in World War II[1]

Abraham Art Gallery

Plainview

Art

Part of Wayland Baptist University in the Malouf Abraham Family Art Center[2]

Algerita Arts Center

Post

 

[3][4]

Alley Oop Park Museum

Iraan

Local history

Located in Alley Oop Fantasy Land Park, birthplace of Alley Oop comic strip, local history exhibits, Native American archaeological artifacts, also known as Iraan Museum[5][6]

American Wind Power Center

Lubbock

Technology

Features over 160 water-pumping and electricity-producing American-style windmills

Amy Graves Ryan Fine Arts Gallery

Abilene

Art

Part of McMurry University[7][8]

Angelo State University Art Gallery

San Angelo

Art

Located in the Carr Education-Fine Arts Building[9]

Annie Riggs Memorial Museum

Fort Stockton

Local history

Owned by the Fort Stockton Historical Society[10][11]

Anson-Jones Museum

Anson

Local history

[12]

Bayer Museum of Agriculture

Lubbock

Agriculture

Formerly the American Museum of Agriculture, tractors, combines, plows, drills, farm-related artifacts, household items, farm toys[13]

Blanket Historical Museum

Blanket

Local history

Open on Saturday afternoons and by appointment[14]

Borden County Museum

Gail

 

Open the 2nd Saturday of every month or by appointment[15]

Breckenridge Aviation Museum

Breckenridge

Aviation

Open by appointment[16]

Breckenridge Fine Arts Center

Breckenridge

Art

[17]

Brown County Museum of History

Brownwood

Local history

Located in the 1902 Brown County Jail,[18] includes the Firearms Museum of Texas[19]

Brown-Dorsey Medallion Home

Midland

Historic house

Late 19th-century period Victorian home, open by appointment with the Midland County Historical Society[20][21]

Buddy Holly Center

Lubbock

Multiple

Texas music and contemporary visual arts exhibits, history and legacy of musician Buddy Holly[22]

Buffalo Gap Historic Village

Buffalo Gap

Open air

Historic Western village

Callahan County Pioneer Museum

Cross Plains

Local history

Located in the basement of the Callahan County courthouse[23]

Casasola Museum/Museo Casasola

El Paso

History

History of the US-México relationship, includes negatives, historical cartoons, special collections and audiovisual art works from 1821–2013[24]

Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens

El Paso

Multiple

Part of the University of Texas at El Paso, regional cultural and natural history

Center for Contemporary Arts

Abilene

Art

includes four galleries[25]

Chamizal National Memorial

El Paso

Multiple

Includes a history museum and three art galleries[26]
NRHP in El Paso County

Chinati Foundation

Marfa

Art

Contemporary art and sculpture

Cockerell Galleries

Abilene

Art

operated by Abilene Christian University[27][28]

Comanche County Historical Museum

Comanche

Local history

Operated by the Comanche County Genealogical Society, exhibits include a blacksmith shop, filling station, doctor's office, replica saloon[29][30]

Conrad Hilton Center

Cisco

Local history

Located in the Mobley Hotel, first hotel bought by Conrad Hilton, exhibits include the Innkeeper Gallery, Cisco Museum, Walls of Fame, Cisco Pictorial and the Santa Claus Bank Robbery[31][32]

Cowboy Country Museum

Stamford

American West

Ranching heritage, area history, artwork, antique furnishings, period clothing, and a chuckwagon[33]

Crockett County Museum

Ozona

Local history

American West period displays, local and regional history

Crosby County Pioneer Museum

Crosbyton

Local history

[34]

Clark Hotel Museum

Van Horn

Local history

Also called the Culbertson County Museum[35][36]

Dal Paso Museum

Lamesa

Local history

Exhibits include home furnishings, pioneer tools, ranch and farm equipment, local art exhibits[37][38]

Denver City Historical Museum

Denver City

Local history

Displays include oil field items, farm and ranching equipment, dentist tools, pharmacy items[39]

Dickens Historical Museum

Dickens

Local history

Displays include early pioneer and ranching items, county, city, and area histories, photo gallery, antique furniture, appliances, schools, military and historic clothing[40]

Don Freeman Memorial Museum

Eden

Local history

[41]

Dyess Heritage Museum, Memorial Park and Linear Air Park

Abilene

Aviation

Located at Dyess Air Force Base, includes outdoor display of historic aircraft, museum about the base's history[42][43]

Fort Chadbourne

Bronte

Military

Restored and ruins of the mid 19th-century frontier fort that was also a stage stop on the Butterfield Overland Mail, visitor center with artifacts

E. H. Danner Museum of Telephony

San Angelo

Technology

Located at Fort Concho

Earnest and Dorothy Barrow Foundation Museum

Eola

Local history

[44]

Eastland County Museum

Eastland

Local history

[45][46]

Eastland Law Enforcement Museum

Eastland

Prison

Located in the historic county jail[47][48]

El Paso Explorium

El Paso

Science

[49]

El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study Center

El Paso

Holocaust

 

El Paso Museum of Archaeology

El Paso

Archaeology

Prehistory and culture of the El Paso area and the Southwest

El Paso Museum of Art

El Paso

Art

 

El Paso Museum of History

El Paso

Local history

City's history and culture[50]

Ellen Noel Art Museum

Odessa

Art

Collections focus is American art from 1860 to the present, particularly artists from Texas and from the Southwest[51]

Floyd County Museum

Floydada

Local history

Includes artifacts from the 1540 Coronado Expedition[52]

Flying A's Classic Car Club Museum

Albany

Automobile

Classic automobiles and memorabilia[53][54]

Fort Bliss and Old Ironsides Museum

Fort Bliss

Military history

[55][56]

Fort Concho

San Angelo

Multiple

Includes restored fort with military exhibits, E. H. Danner Museum of Telephony with historic telephones and the Robert Wood Johnson Museum of Frontier Medicine

Fort Davis National Historic Site

Fort Davis

Military

Restored fort with five 1880s furnished period buildings and costumed interpreters[57]

Fort Griffin State Historic Site

Albany

Military

Fort ruins, visitor center displays about the mid 19th-century cavalry fort

Fort Leaton State Historic Site

Presidio

Military

includes fort ruins, exhibits on the site's military, archaeological and natural history[58]

Fort Mason

Mason

Military

Restored officer's quarters and exhibits about the frontier fort

Fort McKavett State Historic Site

Menard

Military

Restored mid 19th-century frontier post

Frontier Texas!

Abilene

American West

Features interactive simulations of American West people and experiences

Gaines County Museum

Seminole

Local history

[59]

Garza County Historical Museum

Post

Local history

Features ranch, cowboy, Indian, and pioneer artifacts

GIANT Museum at the Hotel Paisano

Marfa

Media

Memorabilia of the 1956 film Giant that was filmed in town [60]

Grace Museum

Abilene

Multiple

Includes an art museum, a local history museum and children's museum

Hangar 25 Air Museum

Big Spring

Military

Historic aircraft from World War II and the Big Spring Army Air Forces Bombardier School[61]

Hale County Farm and Ranch Museum

Post

Local history

Includes antique farm machinery, windmills, a depot and caboose[62][63]

Haley Memorial Library & History Center

Midland

Multiple

Changing exhibits of Western art and history from its collections[64]

Hallie Stillwell Hall of Fame Museum

Marathon

Biographical

Life of Texas woman rancher Hallie Stillwell, member of the Texas Women's Hall of Fame[65][66]

Heart of Texas Country Music Museum

Brady

Music

History and memorabilia of country music artists[67][68]

Heart of Texas Historical Museum

Brady

Local history

Includes early ranch and home exhibits, farm implements, weapons, photos and memorabilia, restored county jail, also Curtis Field Control Tower displays military items[68][69]

Heart of West Texas Museum

Colorado City

Local history

Exhibits include fossils, cowboys, farming, ranching, military, railroad, late 19th-century period Heritage House[70]

Heritage Museum of Big Spring

Big Spring

Local history

Exhibits include dolls, antiques, ranching, Native American and oil industry displays[71]

Hickman Museum

Big Lake

Local history

[72]

Historic Fort Stockton

Fort Stockton

Military

Restored fort buildings[73][74]

Howard House Museum

Palestine

 

NRHP[75]

Hudspeth County Railroad Depot Museum

Sierra Blanca

Railroad

Railroad and local history displays, operated by the Hudspeth County Historical Society[76][77]

Insights El Paso Science Center

El Paso

Science

Currently closed and seeking new location[78]

International Museum of Art

El Paso

Art

Located in the Turney Mansion,[79][80]

Ira M. Taylor Memorial Gallery

Abilene

Art

Part of Hardin–Simmons University[7]

Robert Wood Johnson Museum of Frontier Medicine

San Angelo

Medical

Located at Fort Concho

Kimble County Historical Museum

Junction

Local history

Operated by the Kimble County Historical Commission[81]

Lehnis Railroad Museum

Brownwood

Railroad

[82][83]

Lela Latch Lloyd Museum

Cisco

Local history

Located in the former city hall[84][85]

Littlefield Lands Duggan House Museum

Littlefield

Local history

[86][87]

Llano Estacado Museum

Plainview

Local history

Part of Wayland Baptist University in the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Regional Heritage Center, includes area history, geology, natural history, Native Americans, business displays, cattle ranching, period room displays[88]

Los Portales Museum

San Elizario

local history

Operated by the San Elizario Genealogy & Historical Society[89]

Lubbock Lake Landmark

Lubbock

Archaeology

Active archeological site and 336-acre natural history preserve, exhibits of fossils, Paleo-Indian and Native American artifacts

Lynx Exhibits

El Paso

Multiple

changing exhibits from other museums[90][91]

Magoffin Home State Historic Site

El Paso

Historic house

 

Marfa and Presidio County Museum

Marfa

Local history

[60]

Martin County Historical Museum

Stanton

Local history

Exhibits include farms, ranches, schools and local businesses[92]

Mason County Museum

Mason

Local history

Operated by the Mason County Historical Society in two locations, one as the Mason Square Museum, exhibits include prehistory, ranching and banking, Mason County War, Fort Mason[93][94]

McCormick Gallery at Midland College

Midland

Art

[95]

Meadow Museum

Meadow

Local history

[96]

Medallion Home Museum

Kermit

Historic house

Early 20th-century Carpenter Gothic house[97]

Menard County Museum

Menard

Local history

Operated by the Menard County Historical Society in a 1912 railroad depot, open by appointment[98]

Mendoza Trail Museum

McCamey

Local history

Displays include Native American artifacts, fossils, oil boom mementos, a Santa Fe Railroad depot and the 1915 period Adrian House[99]

Midland Army Air Field Museum

Midland

Aviation

World War II aviation culture and history[100]

Midland County Historical Museum

Midland

Local history

[101]

Midland Downtown Fire Museum

Midland

Firefighting

Includes uniforms, equipment, vehicles[102]

Miers Home Museum

Sonora

Historic house

Late 19th-century house, operated by the Sutton County Historical Society[103]

Million Barrel Museum

Monahans

Open air

Also known as Ward County Museum, complex includes 1920s jail, late 19th-century period Holman House, Rattlesnake Bomber Base Museum about Pyote Air Force Base in WWII, a Coca Cola collection, windmill, school building with antiques, train depot, rail car and caboose[104][105][106]

Miss Hattie's Bordello Museum

San Angelo

Sex

Tours of the Victorian period brothel[107][108]

Moran Historical Museum

Moran

Local history

[109]

Morgan Military Aviation Museum

Brady

Aviation

Located at Curtis Field[110]

Motley County Historical Museum

Matador

Local history

Located in a former hospital, displays include hospital history, veterans, ranching, Native Americans, county history, schools, saddle making

Mt. Blanco Fossil Museum

Crosbyton

Creationist

 

Muleshoe Heritage Center

Muleshoe

Open air

Includes a depot, ranch house, the ranch cookhouse and bunkhouse and a log cabin

Museum of Texas Tech University

Lubbock

Multiple

Includes natural history, cultural history, art

Museum of the Big Bend

Alpine

Local history

Part of Sul Ross State University, history and cultural heritage of the Big Bend area[111]

Museum of the Desert Southwest

Crane

Local history

Exhibits include Native American, cowboy and Horsehead Crossing artifacts; Castle Gap fossils; and petroleum industry memorabilia

Museum of the Southwest

Midland

Multiple

Includes Juliette and Fred Turner, Jr. Memorial Art Gallery, Fredda Turner Durham Children's Museum and a planetarium[112]

Museum of the Noncommissioned Officer

Fort Bliss

Military

[80]

National Border Patrol Museum

El Paso

Law enforcement

 

National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature

Abilene

Art

Features changing exhibitions of art from children's books

National College Baseball Hall of Fame

Lubbock

Sports

History of college baseball[113]

National Ranching Heritage Center

Lubbock

Open air

Includes museum of ranching history and art, park with 38 ranch structures and steer statues

National WASP WWII Museum

Sweetwater

Military

history of the Women Airforce Service Pilots, World War II American female aviators[114][115]

Odessa Meteor Crater

Odessa

Natural history

Impact crater and museum

O'Donnell Heritage Museum

O'Donnell

Local history

Features a room with memorabilia about actor Dan Blocker

Old Fort Bliss Museum

Fort Bliss

Military

[80][116]

Old Ice House Ranch Museum

Sonora

Local history

Exhibits include pioneer artifacts, ranching, lawmen and outlaws, transportation, model train[117][118]

Old Jail Art Center

Albany

Art

[119]

Old Pecos County Jail

Fort Stockton

Prison

[120][121]

OS Ranch Museum

Post

Art

Includes sculpture and paintings of Texas, the American West, and Asia

Overland Trail Museum

Fort Davis

History

Early life in the old West[57][122][123]

Parker House Ranching Museum

Odessa

Historic house

Mid 20th-century period ranching family house[124][125]

Permian Basin Petroleum Museum

Midland

Industry

Petroleum exploration, equipment, industry, geology, art by Tom LovellChaparral cars

Pioneer Museum

Sweetwater

Local history

[126][127]

Potton House

Big Spring

Historic house

Early 20th-century period house, tours by appointment with the Heritage Museum of Big Spring[71]

Presidential Museum and Leadership Library

Odessa

History

History of the American Presidency, including presidents, vice presidents, First Ladies, candidates, campaigns

Railroad and Transportation Museum of El Paso

El Paso

Railroad

How transportation enhanced the development of business and industry in the region

Railway Museum of San Angelo

San Angelo

Railroad

Located in a 1909 Orient-Santa Fe Depot[128]

Ralls Historical Museum

Ralls

Local history

[129]

Rankin Museum

Rankin

Local history

1920s period Yates Hotel, local history displays[130]

Robert E. Howard Museum

Cross Plains

Biographical

Home of and museum about Robert E. Howard, author of Conan the Barbarian, NRHP

Roy Orbison Museum

Wink

Biographical

Life of musician Roy Orbison[131]

San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts

San Angelo

Art

Collections include contemporary art, ceramics, works of Texas artists, Mexican and Mexican-American art, American glass

Sand Crawl Museum

Olton

Local history

Includes area farming and ranching history[132][133]

Scarborough-Lineberry House

Midland

Historic house

Early 20th-century house, owned by the City[134]

Schleicher County Historical Museum

Eldorado

Local history

[135]

Science Spectrum

Lubbock

Science

Hands-on science and technology interactive exhibits, aquarium

Scurry County Museum

Snyder

Local history

County history, also art exhibits[136]

Seagraves-Loop Museum and Art Center

Seagraves

Local history

Includes western memorabilia, arrowheads, a general store, antique household appliances, examples of early pioneer living and a rotating art exhibit[137][138]

Silent Wings Museum

Lubbock

Aviation

Exhibits about the special World War II weapons system utilizing gliders, glider pilots, glider troops and their equipment and troop carrier units

Slaton Museum

Slaton

Local history

[139]

Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts

El Paso

Art

Part of the University of Texas at El Paso[140][141]

Swenson Memorial Museum

Breckenridge

Local history

Adjacent J.D. Sandefer Oil Annex Museum[16]

TecH2O Center

El Paso

Environmental

Water management in the Chihuahuan Desert[142][143]

Terrell County Memorial Museum

Sanderson

Local history

[144][145]

Terrill Antique Car Museum

De Leon

Automobile

Antique cars dating back to 1901[146]

Terry County Heritage Museum

Brownfield

Local history

[147]

Texas Air Museum

Slaton

Aviation

Located on NE corner of the Slaton Municipal Airport, restored historic aircraft, military jets, transport vehicles

Texas Last Frontier Museum

Morton

Local history

[148][149]

Tsa Mo Ga Memorial Museum

Plains

Local history

Operated by the Texas Federation of Women's Club, open by appointment[150]

Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts

Lubbock

Art

Visual and performing arts, includes four galleries[151][152]

UTEP Heritage House

El Paso

Local history

History of the University of Texas at El Paso[141][153]

West of the Pecos Museum

Pecos

Local history

Located in a period turn-of-the-20th century hotel and saloon, displays include railroads, cowboys, Native Americans, household rooms, clothing, rocks, lawmen, oil and gas industry,[154] location of the Texas Rodeo Hall of Fame[155]

White-Pool House

Odessa

Historic house

Reflects the 1880s and 1930s periods

Whiteface Museum

Whiteface

Local history

Located in a former hotel[156]

Wichita - Brazos Museum and Cultural Center

Benjamin

Local history

[157]

Winkler County Historical Museum

Wink

Local history

[158]

Z.I. Hale Museum / Rock Hotel Heritage Center

Winters

Local history

[159][160]

 

Other Sites of Interest

 

San Marcos Memories—disappearing North County San Diego, Ca

www.ellengillisart.com

 

Lake San Marcos—Listing of Vendors and Other Items of Interest to LSM residents

www.lsmdirectory.com

 

Silly Service—38 years of Federal Civil Service Overview(A book in progress)

www.ivanegillis.com

 

 




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