It's one thing to read about history in books, but it's another one to actually EXPERIENCE history - and at the Pioneer Museum Complex in Fredericksburg, that's exactly what you'll be doing!
Set on 3 acres, the Pioneer Museum Complex allows children (and the entire family!) to experience what life would have been like for the early German pioneers of Texas Hill County, way back in the 19th century.
You see, back in the 1840s, German communities were looking for a better life, and had heard Texas was a land of limitless opportunity. Risking everything, they conquered hurdle after hurdle, and finally made their home in Texas Hill County.
Today, the Pioneer Museum Complex tells their story through the hundreds of artifacts on display, across the 10 buildings - four of which are actually in their original spot from the early days of Fredericksburg!
Kids can really use those imaginations as they explore the kitchen within the log cabin where actual families (with kids their age!) would have spent evenings together, or the one-room schoolhouse - can you hear the sounds of the students asking questions, with the sound of the chalk on the board?
You can also explore a bath house, a barn, smokehouse, and Sunday house - all of which the artifacts and architecture help preserve stories of a time gone by.
The great thing about this historic Texas attraction, is that you can just take your time exploring the grounds, taking as little or as long as you like.
A great way to really SEE history come to life in Fredericksburg, so put down those history books kids, because we're going to LIVE it!
Under 5 is free.
Students $5, Seniors and Military $7
Grab something to eat in the area before or after your visit!
For most people, the self-guided exploration typically takes about an hour
Take a piece of Fredericksburg and a piece of Texas home with you from their Bookstore & Gift Shop, featuring books on local and state history, art from local artists, and plenty for the kids including stuffed animals and old-fashioned toys!
Memorable lessons and school tours are available for students. Let them create a custom itinerary to fit the time and needs of your class, and bring history to life! Free for all Gillespie County students, otherwise $3 per student (with 1 complimentary adult ticket per 10 students)
Give them a call to ask about the accessibility of the exhibits and grounds, they will be happy to help!
Take your camera! Make sure you have comfortable shoes on too