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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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Old city cemetery & Old city cemetery center

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1004 E. Sixth Street

Brownsville, Texas 78520

P: 956.548.1313

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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.

NEWS

THE BROWNSVILLE HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION RECEIVES HUMANITIES TEXAS RELIEF GRANT!

The Brownsville Historical Association (BHA) in Brownsville, Texas, is the recipient of a Humanities Texas Relief Grant in the amount of $10,000.00.

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EXHIBITS

 

Behind the Badge: Experience the Brownsville Police Department

When: January 12, 2021 – April 3, 2021

Where: Heritage Museum, Vezzetti Room

1325 E. Washington Street

Cost: Included with paid museum admission.

 

Behind the Badge: Experience the Brownsville Police Department, will allow visitors to explore the past, present, and future of the Brownsville Police Department. The exhibit will examine the history of the police department, their daily work, and their commitment to the local community. Behind the Badge is a student-curated exhibit by University of Texas Rio Grande Valley students: Adam Cavazos, Angel Flandes, and Susannah Holliday. The interns determined the theme or approach to the material, selected the objects, wrote interpretive texts, planned the installation design, and organized the exhibit during the fall semester. The students were very involved in learning about the museum’s collections and were excited to have the opportunity to experience the many aspects of museum curatorial work.

EVENTS

 

Brownsville Historical T-Shirt Design Contest (Beginning March 1)

Do you want to see your artwork on an official Brownsville Historical Association T-Shirt? We have a special contest for you! Two winners will receive prizes and have their artwork printed on t-shirts for sale at our museum gift shops. For entry and official rules, visit our Facebook page or website at www.brownsvillehistory.org.

 

The Rules:

1.Designs should fit no larger than a nine-inch by nine-inch space Designs must be limited to no more than two colors (designs will be printed on a white cotton t-shirt)

2.Designs must be inspired by the three main categories: Brownsville’s historical architecture, Brownsville’s historical landscapes/nature, and Brownsville’s historic events/festivals.

3.Limit one entry per person Entries must be received by 11:59 pm March 31, 2021

•  Five (5) finalists will be selected by a Brownsville Historical Association committee. Public vote on the top 5 finalists will take place virtually on April 6-13, 2021 to determine top two (2) designs.

•  Two (2) winning designs will be announced by April 13, 2021

•  Two (2) winners will each receive a gift pack, a BHA Family Membership (good for one year), and 1 T-shirt featuring their winning design.

Please note: winning designs become property of Brownsville Historical Association

 

History after Hours: Celebrating Texas History Month

When: Friday, March 19, 2021

Time: 5 to 7pm

Where: Laureles Ranch House Museum

1501 E 7th Street, Linear Park

Cost: Free for BHA members

$5 if you pay before the event, $10 at the door. Sorry, no refunds.

RSVP by calling: 956-548-1313

Celebrate Texas History Month with the BHA at the Historic Laureles Ranch House with Texan wine and beer samples. Event is open to those age 21 years old and over. Thank you to L&F Distributors for making this program possible.

 

Ranch Days at Laureles

When: Every Saturday in March

Time: 9am-12noon

Where: Laureles Ranch House Museum

1501 E 7th Street, Linear Park

Cost: $5 admission, Children 12 and under are free.

For more information call: 956-548-1313

 

Experience the Historic Laureles Ranch House Museum y’all! In honor of Texas History Month, the BHA will open the doors to the Laureles Ranch House (located in Linear Park) every Saturday morning in March. Visit our Facebook and Instagram for more information and details for “Ranch Days”.

Hours of Operation:

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

Sundays - Mondays: CLOSED

1325 E. Washington Street, Brownsville, Texas 78520

1 (956) 541-5560

info@brownsvillehistory.org

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