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UPCOMING WATER/WAYS EVENTS

Discover our History, Heritage & Cultural Arts

Heritage Museum

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1325 E. Washington Street

Brownsville, Texas 78520

P: 956.541.5560  |  F: 956.435.0028

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Stillman house MUSEUM

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1325 E. Washington Street

Brownsville, Texas 78520

P: 956.541.5560  |  F: 956.435.0028

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market square EVENT HALL / research center

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625 East 12th St.

Brownsville, Texas 78520

P: 956.546.4242

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COSTUMES OF THE AMERICAS MUSEUM

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1004 E. Sixth Street

Brownsville, Texas 78520

P: 956.547.6890

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Historic AlonSo Building

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510 E. Saint Charles Street

Brownsville, Texas 78520

P: 956.554.4965

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Historic brownsville museum & Mary Yturria Education Center

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641 E Madison Street

Brownsville, TX 78520

P: 956.548.1313

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Historic Laureles

Ranch house Museum

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1501 East 7th Street

Brownsville, TX 78520

P: 956.372.1515

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Admission Rates

Historic Brownsville Museum or Heritage Museum and Stillman House Museum:

Adults

Seniors

Students

Children Under 6

Members

BISD Students & Teachers

Military

$6.00

$4.00

$2.00

Free

Free

Free

Free

Day Pass

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

Adults

Seniors

Students

$10.00

$  6.00

$  3.00

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.

EXHIBITS

Water/Ways, a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian Institute’s Museum on Main Street Program

When: September 21 - November 6, 2021

Where: Historic Alonso Building, 510 E. Saint Charles Street

Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The Brownsville Historical Association is proud to present Water/Ways, a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian Institute’s Museum on Main Street Program

Water/Ways features a selection of photographs, objects, film audio and interactives to explore the endless motion of the water cycle, water’s effect on landscape, settlement and migration, and its impact on culture and spirituality. The exhibition looks at how political and economic planning have been affected by access to water and control of water resources. Designed for small-town museums, libraries and cultural organizations, Water/Ways will serve as a community catalyst to spur conversations about water’s impact on South Texas.

EVENTS

Shades of Haunted History Tour: Downtown Brownsville

When: Tuesday, October 12, 2021

2 separate tour groups: First at 6:30 p.m., the second at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Brownsville Heritage Museum, 1325 E. Washington Street

Cost: $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Sorry no refunds.

To register please call: 956-541-5560

 

Want to uncover the spooky past of our border city? We are offering two downtown tours. The first tour begins at 6:30 pm and will be led by Dr. Tony Knopp, professor emeritus at UTRGV. The second tour begins at 7:30 pm and will be led by Michael Rodriguez. There is a 25-person limit, be sure and register early - spots will fill up fast!

 

WATER/WAYS PROGRAM

“Water Talk”: Brownsville Resaca Restoration Presentation followed by tour of the Restoration De-Watering Facility with Rene Mariscal (Water Resource Manager BPUB)

When: Friday, October 15, 2021

Time: 2:30 p.m.

Where: Historic Alonso Building, 510 East Saint Charles Street

Cost: Free and open to the public

 

In closing off the last “Water Talk'' session, we have Rene Mariscal, Water Resource Manager for the Brownsville Public Utilities Board, to speak and discuss the Resaca Restoration Project within the City of Brownsville and its benefits, which include: increased raw water storage and storm water capacity, improved water quality, wildlife habitat restoration, bank stabilization and improved aesthetics. Immediately following the presentation, there will be a site visit to the resaca restoration dewatering facility, and BPUB will provide an overview of the dredging and sediment dewatering process used to restore resacas.

 

Historical Happy Hour: Halloween Costume Contest

When: Friday, October 22, 2021

Time: 5 - 7 p.m.

Where: Laureles Ranch House Museum, 1501 East 7th Street

Cost: Free for BHA members, $5 when you RSVP, $10 at the door.

Sorry, no refunds. Rain or shine.

 

Do you have what it takes to win our Halloween Costume Contest? Come and join us in your scariest or unique attire to win some awesome goodies! Everyone is encouraged to wear their spookiest outfit (even if you are not going to participate). This month's happy hour is sponsored by L&F Distributors. Attendees must be 21 years & older. For more information and to make a reservation, please call 956-548-1313.

 

WATER/WAYS PROGRAM

“Trivia Night”: Water You Talking About?

When: Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Time: 5:30 - 7: 30 p.m.

Where: Historic Alonso Building, 510 East Saint Charles Street

Cost: Free for BHA members, $5 before the event, $10 at the door.

 

Have you visited the Water/Ways exhibit or have been keeping up with our weekly Splash Facts on social media? Test out your water knowledge during our Trivia Night! Face off with others by answering water related questions from our Splash Facts series, other scheduled programs and the exhibit on display. Winners will have the opportunity to take home awesome prizes. Event open to those 21 years old and over. Thank you to L&F Distributors for making this program possible. Please follow us on our social media platforms for more information or call 956-548-1313.

 

Shades of Haunted History Tour: Downtown Brownsville

When: Thursday, October 28, 2021

2 separate tour groups: First at 6:30 p.m., the second at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Brownsville Heritage Museum, 1325 E. Washington Street

Cost: $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Sorry no refunds.

To register please call: 956-541-5560

 

Join us as we uncover the spooky past of our border city. We are offering two downtown tours. The first tour begins at 6:30 pm and will be led by Dr. Tony Knopp, professor emeritus at UTRGV. The second tour begins at 7:30 pm and will be led by Michael Rodriguez. There is a 25-person limit, be sure and register early - spots will fill up fast!

 

Murder, Mystery, Mayhem Tour

When: Saturday, October 30, 2021

Time: 8pm

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

Cost: $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Sorry no refunds.

To register please call: 956-548-1313

 

Are you in for a night full of spooky history and surprises around every corner? Join the BHA as we explore the Old City Cemetery. Inhabitants of the cemetery will come alive and share their stories of love, deceit, and horror. Attendees should meet at the Old City Cemetery entrance gate. There is a 25-person limit, be sure and register early - spots will fill up fast!

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

Sundays - Mondays: CLOSED

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