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Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site is undergoing an epic restoration and reimagination to create an enhanced visitor experience. With this restoration, the Star of the Republic will be temporarily closed. During this time, Independence Hall, Barrington Plantation State Historic Site, walking trails, and the picnic area will remain open to the public during regular hours. The site’s visitor center will be restored to bring the events of 1836 to life, highlighting the significance of the Convention of 1836 in the Texas Revolution. The Star of the Republic Museum will provide insight into the Republic of Texas, showcasing the diverse groups that lived in Texas at that time.

About_RepublicMuseumThe Star of the Republic Museum was created by the Texas Legislature 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.

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Public Hours

clock Open Daily from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The museum will closed on December 24th, 25th, 31st and January 1st.

Admission Fees 

Tickets for the general public may be purchased at the Visitor Center.

Individual Tickets for all sites:

  • Adults: $8.00
  • Students (Age 6-18 and college students): $5.00
  • Children (Age 5 and under): Free
  • Family Pass (Includes 2 adults and 1 student): $20.00
    Each additional student is $1. 
  • Seniors & Veterans: $7.00

Group Tour Tickets: 

  • School Group (per student): $2 per site or $5 for all three sites.
  • Adult Group (per person): $6 for all three sites.

Tour Information

Group tours and education programs are available.  Please call 936 878 2214 for additional information or to book your tour.

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