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Heritage Museum

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1325 E. Washington Street

Brownsville, Texas 78520

P: 956.541.5560  |  F: 956.435.0028

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Historic AlonSo Building

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510 E. Saint Charles Street

Brownsville, Texas 78520

P: 956.554.4965

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Stillman house MUSEUM

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1325 E. Washington Street

Brownsville, Texas 78520

P: 956.541.5560  |  F: 956.435.0028

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Historic brownsville museum & Mary Yturria Education Center

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641 E Madison Street

Brownsville, TX 78520

P: 956.548.1313

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market square EVENT HALL / research center

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1150 Market Square

Brownsville, Texas 78520

P: 956.546.4242

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Historic Laureles

Ranch house Museum

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1501 East 7th Street

Brownsville, TX 78520

P: 956.372.1515

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Old city cemetery center

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1004 E. Sixth Street

Brownsville, Texas 78520

P: 956.541.1167

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Admission Rates

Historic Brownsville Museum or Heritage Museum and Stillman House Museum:

Adults

Seniors

Students

Children Under 6

Members

BISD Students & Teachers

Military

$6.00

$4.00

$2.00

Free

Free

Free

Free

Day Pass

Day Pass to the Historic Brownsville Museum, Heritage Museum, and Stillman House Museum:

Adults

Seniors

Students

$10.00

$  6.00

$  3.00

With 71 years of service, the BHA is dedicated to serving the local community and creating opportunities for every resident to learn about, participate with, and come to an appreciation of the connection between our history and cultural art.   We are able to serve the community through our various museums that cover nearly every aspect of Brownsville and the Rio Grande Valley's history and culture.

 

The mission of the Brownsville Historical Association is to preserve, educate, and promote the history, heritage, and cultural arts of Brownsville, Texas and its environs through exhibitions, educational programs, publications, cultural events, and archival collections. The vision of BHA is to improve the quality of life for all residents of Brownsville, Texas and its environs by providing life-long learning experiences about the history, cultural arts, and heritage of the region, and to continue to attract tourism to the heart of Historic Downtown Brownsville.

 

The Brownsville Historical Association serves the community through nine unique locations and numerous programs throughout the year. We encourage you to consider becoming a member of the BHA to take advantage of everything we have to offer.  For more information, feel free to contact the Brownsville Historical Association during business hours.

EXHIBITS

Fort Brown Exhibit

When: January 8, 2019 – March 30, 2019

Where: Historic Brownsville Museum, 641 E. Madison Street

This temporary exhibit is available to visitors with paid museum admission.

For more information call: 956-548-1313

 

Many themes in U.S. history pertain to the Fort Brown. These include: the Mexican American War, The US Civil War, World War I, yellow fever research, women in the military and Tejanos in the military. The bi-lingual panels in this exhibit highlight these themes with an introduction and conclusion included.  This student project contains a total of 20 free-standing banners and is on temporary display at the Historic Brownsville Museum from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.

 

Brownsville Raid Exhibit

When: February 1, 2019 – March 30, 2019

Where: Heritage Museum, Vezzetti Room,1325 E. Washington Street

For more information call: 956-548-1313

 

The Brownsville Raid was an historic event of racial injustice against the 167 Buffalo Soldiers of the 25th Infantry, on August 13, 1906. The 167 Buffalo Soldiers of the 25th Infantry stationed at the Fort Brown were accused of the murder of a white bartender and a lengthy trial ensued. The matter reached President Theodore Roosevelt, who ultimately dishonorably discharged the Buffalo Soldiers, even though proof of culpability had not been found. The Buffalo Soldiers were eventually pardoned and honorably discharged in 1972 by President Nixon. This exhibit will include maps, never before seen images of Army/civilian correspondence, military pardon addendum and more. Through the help of Congressman Vela’s office and special research access to the National Archives, we present this unique exhibit.

EVENTS

Historical Happy Hour:  Viva Order of the Brush!

When: Friday, February 22, 2019 – 5 to 7 pm

Where: Historic Market Square Event Hall

Cost: Free for BHA members, $5 if you RSVP and pay before the event, $10 at the door.

Sorry, no refunds.  To register call: 956-548-1313

 

Kick off Charro Days festivities at the Historic Market Square Event Hall.  Beware clean shaven!  The Beard Posse will be out in force at the event.  Adults 21 years old and older only.  Visit our Facebook page for more information.

 

Thank you L&F Distributors for supporting this program!

 

9th Annual “Taste of Texas”

When: Saturday, March 30, 2019

Time: 6:00 PM

Where: Laureles Ranch House Museum, 1501 E. 7th Street (Linear Park)

Tickets: $40 prepaid, $50 at the door

Sponsorships Available – Call 956-548-1313

 

March is Texas History Month and for the last eight years, the BHA has explored a unique part of Texas’ history and culture through its tastings.  In past years, we have introduced the importance the Lone Star state has had in the wine industry.  Select beers and spirits brewed and distilled right here in Texas will also be part of the tasting and all drinks will be complimented by traditional Texas foods provided by local artisans and vendors.  Join us in celebration of Texas History Month for a sampling of wine, beer, liquor and food pairings unique to the Lone Star State.  Fundraising efforts from this event go towards public programs and exhibits hosted at our museums throughout the year.

Hours of Operation:

Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00am to 4:00pm

Sundays - Mondays: CLOSED

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