STAR OF THE REPUBLIC MUSEUM
The Star of the Republic Museum was created by the Texas Legislature and is administered by Blinn College as a cultural and educational institution. Its purpose is to collect and preserve the material culture of the Texas Republic (1836-1846) and to interpret the history, cultures, diversity and values of early Texans. The Museum strives to inspire interest, understanding and appreciation of Texas heritage for students, teachers, scholars and the general public through exhibits, tours, programs, web activities and outreach.
A visit to the museum provides an overview of the Texas Republic period, beginning with a 20-minute film entitled, “Once a Nation.” Visitors can browse through the museum’s permanent exhibition, The Republic of Texas, which showcases over 1,000 objects that demonstrate the heritage of Texas within the context of the early to mid 19th century. Professionally designed and fabricated, the exhibition presents the experiences of ordinary Texans and extraordinary events in 10,000 square feet of exhibit space. The first floor exhibits present a chronological history of early Texas, from the first Texans (the Native Americans) to European explorers, to settlers and colonists, to the soldiers and patriots who fought for Texas independence. Above the ramp leading to the second floor, a 140-foot long, ten-foot tall mural illustrates the overland route from east Texas to the town of Washington in the mid 19th century. The second floor exhibits represent the social and multicultural history of the Republic of Texas, which existed from 1836 to 1846. The complete exhibition provides a comprehensive and unparalleled history of the people, places and events that created the Republic of Texas.
The Star of the Republic Museum’s collection is unique and irreplaceable, and includes three dimensional artifacts, as well as prints, maps, paintings, original manuscripts, rare books, and early historic documents, primarily from the Republic period.
February 1, 2015 – February 16, 2016 – Enduring Spirit: African Americans in 19th Century Texas; 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Throughout the month of February 2015, the Star of the Republic Museum will recognize Black History Month with a special exhibit opening and featured weekend activities. February 1 will mark the opening of “Enduring Spirit: African Americans in 19th Century Texas,” a yearlong exhibit that highlights some of the most pivotal events that influenced the history of African Americans in Texas. Special events planned to coincide with exhibit opening include:
- Sunday, February 1, 2015: Exhibit opening, free admission that day to the exhibit and Museum
- Saturday, February 7, 2015: Speaker Dr. Fred McGhee, adjunct professor of Anthropology at Austin Community College and owner of Fred L. McGhee & Associates, The Revolution that Wasn’t: the 1836 Texas Rebellion in Historical Perspective, 2:00 p.m. in museum theater, free admission that day to Museum and talk
- Saturday, February 14, 2015: Showing of episodes 1 and 2 of the Emmy Award-winning PBS series “African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross,” 2:00 p.m. in museum theater, free admission that day to the Museum and talk
- Saturday, February 21, 2015: Speaker Dr. Bernadette Pruitt, associate professor of history at Sam Houston State University, The Other Great Migration: The Movement of Rural African Americans to Houston, Texas, 1900-1941, 2:00 p.m. in museum theater, free admission that day to Museum and talk
Open Daily from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
For information about holiday closings, visit Star of the Republic Museum.
8 a.m. until sundown (No entrance fee; free parking)
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)
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)
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).
School tours at the Museum bring history to life as students gain first-hand knowledge from the primary sources and artifacts they see on the tour. At the Farm, skilled interpreters, in period dress, share stories from the past to provide a deeper understanding of the lifestyles of early Texans. Age-appropriate tour activities are aligned with the TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) standards to provide an informative and worthwhile experience.
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):
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).
Events at the Museum
Enduring Spirit: African Americans in 19th Century Texas – 02/01/2015 - 02/16/2016
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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