Discover our History, Heritage & Cultural Arts

Heritage Museum


1325 E. Washington Street

Brownsville, Texas 78520

P: 956.541.5560  |  F: 956.435.0028


Stillman house MUSEUM


1325 E. Washington Street

Brownsville, Texas 78520

P: 956.541.5560  |  F: 956.435.0028


market square EVENT HALL / research center


625 East 12th St.

Brownsville, Texas 78520

P: 956.546.4242




1004 E. Sixth Street

Brownsville, Texas 78520

P: 956.547.6890


Historic AlonSo Building


510 E. Saint Charles Street

Brownsville, Texas 78520

P: 956.554.4965


Historic brownsville museum & Mary Yturria Education Center


641 E Madison Street

Brownsville, TX 78520

P: 956.548.1313


Historic Laureles

Ranch house Museum


1501 East 7th Street

Brownsville, TX 78520

P: 956.372.1515


Admission Rates

Historic Brownsville Museum or Heritage Museum and Stillman House Museum:




Children Under 6


BISD Students & Teachers









Day Pass

Day Pass to the Historic Brownsville Museum, Heritage Museum, and Stillman House Museum:





$  6.00

$  3.00

Costumes of the Americas Museum Coming Fall 2021


With 73 years of service, the BHA is dedicated to serving the local community and creating opportunities for every resident to learn about, participate with, and come to an appreciation of the connection between our history and cultural art.   We are able to serve the community through our various museums that cover nearly every aspect of Brownsville and the Rio Grande Valley's history and culture.


The mission of the Brownsville Historical Association is to preserve, educate, and promote the history, heritage, and cultural arts of Brownsville, Texas and its environs through exhibitions, educational programs, publications, cultural events, and archival collections. The vision of BHA is to improve the quality of life for all residents of Brownsville, Texas and its environs by providing life-long learning experiences about the history, cultural arts, and heritage of the region, and to continue to attract tourism to the heart of Historic Downtown Brownsville.


The Brownsville Historical Association serves the community through nine unique locations and numerous programs throughout the year. We encourage you to consider becoming a member of the BHA to take advantage of everything we have to offer.  For more information, feel free to contact the Brownsville Historical Association during business hours.



In DETAIL: Architectural Drawings of Robert Velten (Exhibit)

When: May 4, 2021 to July 31, 2021

Where: Heritage Museum, Vezzetti Room

1325 E. Washington Street

Cost: Included with paid museum admission.


In honor of Preservation Month, the Brownsville Historical Association will exhibit a collection of architectural drawings by local architect Robert Velten. Learn about Velten and the various buildings he designed, including some notable structures in Brownsville that still stand today.



Sip N’ Paint

When: Thursday, May 13, 2021

Time: 5:30 to 7:30pm

Where: The Fernández-Champion-García-Warburton House located at 135 E. Adams Street

Cost: Individual tickets are $20 for members & $30 for non-members.

Or $30 per couple with membership and $40 per couple for non-members.

Sorry, no refunds.

Seating is limited; RSVP by calling: 956-548-1313


In celebration of Historic Preservation Month, our Sip N’ Paint event will take place the Fernández-Champion-García-Warburton House.  The house was recently added to the list of Recorded Texas Historic Landmarks and is one of a number of bungalow type houses built in Brownsville’s West End neighborhood. The West End (so-called because it lies on the northwest end of the Original Townsite of Brownsville, platted in 1848) emerged as the town’s elite neighborhood in the post-Civil War period. Socialize and sip on your drink of choice while you follow along step-by-step with a local artist as you create a one-of-a- kind masterpiece. Enjoy a creative evening outside the home while still keeping a safe distance from others! Fee includes the following materials: paint, canvas, easel, and brushes. The event will begin promptly, so please arrive 15 minutes early to check in and find a seat. Event is open to those age 21 years old and over. Thank you to L&F Distributors for making this program possible. Please visit us on Facebook and Instagram for more information.


International Museum Day

When: Tuesday, May 18, 2021 – 10 am to 4 pm

Where: Heritage Museum/Stillman House Museum and Historic Brownsville Museum

Cost: FREE Admission Day!

For more information call: 956-548-1313


The International Council of Museums (ICOM) established International Museum Day in 1977 to increase public awareness of the role in museums in the development of society, and it has been steadily gaining momentum ever since.  We hope that you bring your friends and family to visit our museums!


Los Ebanos Neighborhood Preservation Forum & Architectural Tour

Reservation required to attend tour, please call: (956) 548-1313

Lecture/Workshop: Friday, 3:30 PM, May 21, 2021 / Reception at 6PM, Alonso Building, 510 E. Sanint Charles St. Brownsville

Walking Tour: Saturday, 10 AM, May 22, 2021, Meet at the corner of Ringgold St. and Palm Blvd., Please arrive 15 min. early and wear comfortable shoes.

Cost: FREE

Please R.S.V.P. by calling 956-548-1313


The BHA is hosting a Forum for residents and attendees to learn more about the process of designating a historic neighborhood, like Los Ebanos, on the National Register. Staff from the Texas Historical Commission and the local Historic Preservation Office will be leading the discussion. Additionally, Architectural Historian and Brownsville native, Stephen Fox, will present a lecture on the neighborhood.  Mr. Fox will explain its historical significance to Brownsville and local architectural history. The lecture will be followed by a tour of the Los Ebanos neighborhood the next day.


More details regarding this program will be posted on our social media and website or, please call (956) 548-1313 for more information.


This program is sponsored in part by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.


Memorial Day at the Old City Cemetery

When: Monday, May 31, 2021

Where: Old City Cemetery, Corner of 5th Street & E. Madison Street

Cost: Free and open to the public

For more information or if you would like to volunteer, please call: Dave Parsons 956-541-5560


Join us as we honor the veterans buried at the Old City Cemetery. Over 450 identified veterans representing wars from the Indian Wars, World War I & II and the Persian Gulf War are buried in the Old City Cemetery. Those buried represent both Union and Confederate Soldiers and several from the Mexican Revolution of the early 1900s. A U.S. flag will be placed on each identified veterans' grave in honor of their service. If you would like to volunteer with set up, please call David Parsons at (956) 541-5560

Hours of Operation:

Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00am to 4:00pm

Sundays - Mondays: CLOSED

1325 E. Washington Street, Brownsville, Texas 78520

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