The Museum Of South Texas lets you uncover the rich history of the Rio Grande Valley, situation between South Texas and Northeastern Mexico.
They will introduce you to things about the area that you had no idea about!
They have prehistoric plants that you can get up close to, and fascinating animal fossils. Can you guess what type of animal the fossil used to be?
You education and insight into this incredible history begins as soon as you walk into the lobby! Have a look at the building itself - the architecture - can you notice the Spanish Colonial style? The chandelier even contains many representations of Southern Texan animals and plants.
In the Rio Grande Legacy exhibition, the story of the region unfolds through state-of-the-art multimedia and unique artifacts, where you can encounter these ancient prehistoric fossils, ancient tools and even relics that were once used on the battlefield! When you look at them, imagine what the battle would have been like? How might they have used these weapons?
Kids can be completely immersed in the experience because sounds and music from the region will play as they walk around the items, including a replica bow of a steamboat and a film theater inside!
The River Crossroads exhibition sees you enter through a very cool replica train station, and here you learn about the century that completely transformed the region! They cover agriculture, wars, and town-building....things that really shaped the entire country that you know today!
Halt! You're under arrest! Just kidding, but you can visit the 1910 Old Jail which holds changing exhibitions.
They hold family fun events throughout the year too, so keep an eye out for those too!
Free parking is available for museum visitors in the main parking lot on Closner Boulevard (Business US 281), as well as in the overflow parking lot on Kuhn Street - which is on the north side of the Museum.Get directions
$9 (Over 18)
$5 (Ages 4 - 12)
Seniors, students and active military $6
Grab something to eat in the area, there are plenty of options for you!
If you are a keen photographer or social media lover, check their website for what is allowed and what isn't when it comes to kit and phones
The museum has an expansive selection of books on the regional Texan and Mexican history, as well as a collection of unique gifts and souvenir items. Kids will find lots of little treasures for them too!
Guided tours can be scheduled for Tuesday to Friday from 9:00 to 11:15. There is an online calendar which you can check for spaces as the museum have so many field trip requests, it's easier and more efficient for individual teachers to look for times that suit them.
The museum is ADA accessible
Before noon on Saturdays, but Free Saturday Mornings are excluded during special events and programming.