Museums

Whether you’re looking for an afternoon of entertainment for the little ones, are a history buff in search of new stories, or are looking to cross off another presidential museum from your list, the Brazos Valley has something for everyone! To see everything Brazos Valley has to offer, check out the Brazos Valley Museum Collective!

 

Brazos Valley African American Museum

The Brazos Valley African American Museum is the official repository of artifacts, oral history, media reports, and other important historical source material for the African Americans who settled and lived in the Brazos Valley of Texas. It is a living museum that reflects the rich diversity of the historical and cultural legacy, present and promise of African Americans in Texas.


Location: 500 E Pruitt St, Bryan, TX 77803
Contact: museum@bvaam.org or 979-775-3961
Hours:  Tuesday-Friday: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Saturday: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

 

Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History

Begun primarily as a children’s museum, the Brazos Valley Museum of Natural History today provides programs and exhibits for all ages, which explore the special relationship between the natural and cultural environments of the Brazos Valley.


Location: 500 E Pruitt St, Bryan, TX 77803
Contact: 979-779-2195
Hours: Tues-Fri: 10AM-5PM. Sat: 10AM-4PM

 

Boonville Heritage Park

Boonville Heritage Park is the last preserved remnant of the town of Boonville, the original county seat of Brazos County. Occupying 11.29 acres, the park is home to the Turner-Peters log house, an original 1856 structure furnished with 19th century pieces that were typical to the Texas frontier. The park is also the site of the original Boonville cemetery where Harvey Mitchell, “The Father of Brazos County,” is interred.


Location: 2421 Boonville Rd, Bryan, TX 77802
Contact:  BHP@BrazosValleyMuseum.org or 979-204-5492
Hours: 1st and 3rd Weekends of the Month 10am - 4pm

 

Chappell Hill Historical Society 

Chappell Hill offers a history rich in culture, higher education, sandbars and stern-wheelers, cotton, the War-Between-the-States, and Polish immigration. The Chappell Hill Historical Society’s mission is: To encourage the preservation of records, buildings, sites and other items of historical interest to the community, and to educate the general public as to the historical significance of the same.


Location: 9220 Poplar St., Chappell Hill, 77426
Contact: chmuseum@chappellhillmuseum.org or 979-836-6033
Hours:  Contact for appointments 

 

The Children’s Museum of the Brazos Valley 

The mission of The Children’s Museum is to provide a child-centered, hands-on interactive environment for discovery and learning for children. They accomplish this through exhibits and programs that have learning outcomes so children and parents can expand their educational experiences together. Children learn by using their imagination and putting into practice what they learn in the classroom. They have that opportunity at the Children’s Museum of the Brazos Valley and we invite you to come and see it in action.


Location: 4114 Lake Atlas Dr Suite 110, Bryan, TX 77807
Contact: 979-779-KIDS (5437)
Hours: Tues-Sat: 9 am- 10 am (members only) 10 am - 5 pm (general)

Sun: 12 pm - 5 pm (general) 

 

Cushing Memorial Library 

The Cushing Memorial Library and Archives is attached to the Sterling C. Evans Library and faces the Academic Building. It was the first freestanding library facility on campus and is now home to special collections, rare books, and the University Archives


Location: 5000 TAMU, College Station, TX, 77843
Contact: 979-845-1951
Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-6pm

 

Forsyth Galleries

The Forsyth Galleries collect, exhibit, interpret and preserve 19th and 20th century decorative arts and American paintings. By providing creative educational and enrichment opportunities to the campus and diverse audiences, the Forsyth advances the mission of Texas A&M University.

Location: Texas A&M University Memorial Student Center, 2nd Floor MSC 2428
Contact: 979-845-9251
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 9am-8pm
Saturday-Sunday 12pm-6pm

 

Friends of Camp Hearne

Friends of Camp Hearne maintains a museum to preserve, store, interpret and exhibit archaeological artifacts and related wartime memorabilia from Camp Hearne, WWII Prisoner of War Camp.


Location: 12424 Camp Hearne Road Hearne, Texas 77859
Contact: mail@camphearne.com or 979-314-7012
Hours: Wednesday - Saturday 11 am to 4 pm

 

George Bush Presidential Library & Museum 

The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum is dedicated to sponsoring programs and exhibits that benefit students of all grade levels. They are committed to creating an exciting and open educational environment where every student can learn more about our nation’s past. The wide range of activities includes tours, interactive displays, Museum Classroom programs, and family activities.


Location: 1000 George Bush Dr W, College Station, TX 77845
Contact: info.bush@nara.gov or 979-691-4000
Hours: Monday - Saturday: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. *Last ticket sold daily at 2:15 p.m.

 

J. Wayne Stark Galleries 

The Permanent Collection of the Stark Galleries focuses on American paintings, prints, drawings and photographs of the 19th and 20th centuries. Some artists represented include Julian Onderdonk, H.O. “Cowboy” Kelly, and Dorothy Hood. Additionally, the Permanent Collection is home to sculpture and various other decorative arts, and provides educational programming to inform guests of all ages about art.

Location: Texas A&M University Memorial Student Center, 1st Floor MSC 1110
Contact: 979-845-8501
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 9am-8pm
Saturday-Sunday 12pm-6pm

 

James R. Reynolds Gallery 

The Reynolds Gallery is a student art gallery run by the MSC Visual Arts Committee. The programs provided by committees of the MSC seek to entertain, educate, and inspire audiences to reach beyond the classroom experience and gain a broader view of society and the world.

Location: Texas A&M University Memorial Student Center, 2nd Floor
Contact: visualartscommittee@gmail.com or 979-845-1515
Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

 

MSC Visual Arts Committee 

The MSC Visual Arts Committee is a student committee of the Memorial Student Center. The MSC offers a broad mix of programs, services, facilities, and student development opportunities for the Texas A&M community. The programs provided by committees of the MSC seek to entertain, educate, and inspire audiences to reach beyond the classroom experience and gain a broader view of society and the world.


Location: 275 Joe Routt Blvd., College Station, TX, 77884
Contact: visualartscommittee@gmail.com or 979-845-1515
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 9am-8pm
Saturday-Sunday 12pm-6pm

 

Museum of the American G.I. 

The Museum of the American G.I. began in 2001 with an inventory of multiple award-winning artifacts of American military history. The goal of the museum is to be a repository of restored, working military vehicles used by the United States and to display the vehicles in action.


Location: 19124 Highway 6 South College Station, Texas 77845
Contact: info@americangimuseum.org or 979-690-0501
Hours: Wednesday – Sat: 10AM – 5 PM
Sun: 12PM – 5 PM
Monday – Thursday – Group tours by appointment

 

Star of the Republic Museum 

An educational institution, the Star of the Republic Museum interprets the history of the Republic of Texas and its influences. Interpretation is conducted through exhibits, school and group programs, media programs and community programs. The Museum collects and preserves artifacts to implement the programs and extensively researches to ensure authenticity of the collections and presentation.


Location:  23200 Park Rd 12, Washington, TX 77880
Contact: star@blinn.edu or 936-878-2461
Hours: Open daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

 

TAMU Sterling C. Evans Library- Preservation Dept. 

The preservation department provides stewardship of the University Libraries’ physical and digital collections by ensuring long-term accessibility and sustainability of the collections for the Libraries’ diverse community of users.

 

Location:  Sterling C. Evans Library Library Annex, 3rd Floor Suite
Contact: 979-845-3166
Hours: Contact for availability

 

Texas Cotton Gin 

The Texas Cotton Gin & Museum provides an active and vital setting in which to explore the vernacular mechanical achievements of typical local users and adapters of mass-produced machines, engines, tools, and vehicles during the first two thirds of the twentieth century. The setting of Burton, Texas, in Washington County, also offers an outstanding opportunity to compare the changes that accompanied mechanization amongst German-, English-, Czech-, and African-American cotton farmers.

 

Location:  307 North Main Street Burton, TX 77835
Contact: burtoncottongin@earthlink.net or 979-289-3378
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm

 

Washington on the Brazos Historic Site 

The picturesque Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site is located on the Brazos River. The expansive park grounds along the Brazos River provide a beautiful setting for picnicking, sightseeing and bird-watching. The Star of the Republic Museum, Independence Hall and Barrington Plantation, offer the visitor a unique insight into the lives and times of the men who fought and won Texas' independence from Mexico.

 

Location: 23400 Park Rd 12 Washington, TX 77880
Contact: 936-878-2214 or washington-on-the-brazos@thc.texas.gov
Hours: Open daily for day use. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.