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.
2016 Featured Exhibit
Legacy of Leadership: The Signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence; 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The Star of the Republic Museum will celebrate the 180th anniversary of the signing of the Texas Declaration of Independence with its new exhibit, “A Legacy of Leadership: The Signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence.” Elected as delegates to the Constitutional Convention in 1836, these men determined the future of Texas. There were 12 lawyers, five physicians, four surveyors and three each of planters, empresarios and merchants. The exhibit focuses on their roles as leaders and includes personal artifacts such as Sam Maverick’s buckskins, a cameo of Michel Menard, oil portraits of Stephen Blount and his wife, and much more. The exhibit will be on display through February 15, 2017.
Pioneer Playroom, a permanent exhibit
The Museum’s new Pioneer Playroom simulated a Texas frontier homestead, with inside and outside features. It allows children to immerse themselves in the role of pioneers through role-playing, interactive experiences and a variety of learning styles such as loading a covered wagon; dressing in period clothing; or building a log cabin. Star of the Republic Museum. Contact: Anne McGaugh, (936) 878-2461, ext. 237, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Open Daily from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
For information about holiday closings, visit Star of the Republic Museum.
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. Adult group tours are self-guided and include a 20 minute introductory video. 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