Discover Brownsville’s history, heritage and cultural arts through the Brownsville Historical Association!

Visit the Heritage Museum and see an original 1908 Mann vehicle while learning about the Mexican Revolution and its impact on Brownsville.

See the 1872 Baldwin wood-burning, narrow gauge railroad locomotive at the Simon Celaya building at the Historic Brownsville Museum.  This impressive engine is the last of its kind in the world.

View the architecture of the Alonso Building; a prime example of the Creole influences that can be found throughout downtown Brownsville.

Walk through the Old City Cemetery, established in 1853, as it reveals much of the city's history from victims of war and gunfights, to those who fell from yellow fever and cholera epidemics.  The site is recognized as an outstanding historical landmark by the Texas Historical Commission and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Join us for a ghost tour if you dare!

The Stillman House Museum takes you back in time to Brownsville’s early days.  Once the home of the town’s founder, Charles Stillman, the structure is one of the oldest surviving in Brownsville.

The Market Square Research Center/Research Center once served as the city’s town hall.  The building has since then undergone several renovations, holds the BHA’s collection storage and also serves as a rental venue for events.

Visit the Laureles Ranch House Museum and experience “life on a south Texas ranch”.  Originally located in Nueces County, the house was moved and restored in 2015 and is now located in Linear Park.

We hope you enjoy your visit to our sites!  See our Facebook page for updates on events and visit our calendar of events for information on programs, happy hours, exhibits, book signings, walking tours and much more.

Hours of Operation:

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

Sundays - Mondays: CLOSED



Hours of Operation:

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

Sundays - Mondays: CLOSED

1325 E. Washington Street, Brownsville, Texas 78520

1 (956) 541-5560

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