INDEPENDENCE HALL

For Texans, Independence Hall is one of our most significant historic sites. It was here, in the raw frontier town of Washington in 1836, 59 men elected from municipalities across the territory met in an unfinished frame building to determine the fate of this vast land we call Texas! Meanwhile, the forces of General Santa Anna laid siege to the Alamo.

IndependeceHall_TextGraphic“Fellow-Citizens of Texas: The enemy are upon us. A strong force surrounds the walls of the Alamo, and threaten that garrison with the sword…Now is the day, and now is the hour, when Texas expects every man to do his duty. Let us show ourselves worthy to be free and we shall be free.”
Henry Smith, Washington, TX – March 2, 1836

Even as the settlers fled ahead of Santa Anna’s army, the convention labored for 17 days. During that time they declared Texas independent from Mexico; penned a new constitution; and organized an interim government, giving birth to a new nation: the Republic of Texas.  Today, Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site takes great care to preserve the sanctity of this shrine to the Texas spirit for the many generations of Texans yet to come.


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Public Hours

clock Open Daily from 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

For information about holiday closings, visit Texas Parks and Wildlife.

Admission Fees 

Tickets for the general public may be purchased at the Visitor Center, Star of the Republic Museum, or Barrington Living History Farm. Visitors desiring tickets to multiple sites may purchase a Brazos Pass for all three sites:

Single site ticket: (admission to one site)

  • Adults: $5.00
  • Students/children over age 6: $3.00
  • Family: $15.00-Includes 2 adults and up to 5 students/children
    (Children ages 6 and under are admitted free)

Brazos Pass: (unlimited admission to Independence Hall, Star of the Republic Museum and Barrington Farm, for one day only)

  • Adults: $9.00
  • Students: $6.00
  • Family: $27.00-Includes 2 adults and up to 5 students/children
    (Children ages 6 and under are admitted free)
    (Independence Hall and Barrington Farm are free to anyone with a valid Texas State Park Pass (TSPP)

Tour Information

Tours of Independence Hall are offered daily and provide a great opportunity to discover the unique history of Texas. Check at the Visitor Center for times and tickets.

Tour Fees

Adult Group Tour Fees: (Available Monday-Friday for groups of 20 or more)

RESERVATIONS MUST BE MADE AT LEAST 2 WEEKS IN ADVANCE.

The group must stay together as schedule indicates. Groups of less than 20 will be charged general public admission fees (see above). Groups of more than 50 may be divided into subgroups due to space limitations at each site. One hour per site is allowed for adult group tours.
There are no group rates available on the weekend.

  • One site: $4.00
  • Two sites: $4.00
  • Three sites: $6.00

School Tour Fees: (Available Monday-Friday for groups of 20 or more)
RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED TO QUALIFY FOR SCHOOL TOUR FEES.
Groups over 25 students will be broken into subgroups, which will rotate through sites on a schedule. Due to space constraints, each site has a maximum number of students that are allowed at one time.

Groups of less than 20 students are welcome to visit the facilities on their own, depending on availability, but will not receive a guided program. Public admission fees (see above) will apply.

The student fee for tours is $1.00 per site (Star of the Republic Museum, Independence Hall and Barrington Living History Farm) per student. Fees may vary for special programs.

  • Minimum student group fee for one site is $20.00
  • Teachers (up to one per 10 students) and bus drivers (one per bus) FREE
  • Chaperones: Adult chaperones will be charged the general public admission fee of $5.00 for one site or $9.00 for multiple sites (Brazos Pass)

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Descendants of the Signers

In 2010, the Star of the Republic Museum embarked upon a long-term genealogy project to identify the living descendants of the 59 men who signed the Texas Declaration of Independence. More than 50 volunteers researched the lineages of these men and discovered over 5,000 descendants. Nearly 1,500 descendants attended the 175th anniversary celebration at Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site in 2011 and were on hand to answer “here” during a roll call of these brave men. The project is ongoing and direct lineal descendants may apply to have their names added to a registry of documented descendants.

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Events at Independence Hall

Living History Saturdays at Independence Hall

Living History Saturdays at Independence Hall – 09/19/2015
10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Free to park visitors.  Travel back in time to where a nation was born in 1836.  On the third Saturday of each month staff and… Learn More>>


Living History Saturdays at Independence Hall

Living History Saturdays at Independence Hall – 10/17/2015
10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Free to park visitors.  Travel back in time to where a nation was born in 1836.  On the third Saturday of each month staff and… Learn More>>


Living History Saturdays at Independence Hall

Living History Saturdays at Independence Hall – 11/21/2015
10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Free to park visitors.  Travel back in time to where a nation was born in 1836.  On the third Saturday of each month staff and… Learn More>>


Living History Saturdays at Independence Hall

Living History Saturdays at Independence Hall – 12/19/2015
10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Free to park visitors.  Travel back in time to where a nation was born in 1836.  On the third Saturday of each month staff and… Learn More>>



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