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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.

 

Opening Reception for Behind the Badge: Experience the Brownsville Police Department

When: Thursday, January 14, 2021

Time:5pm to 7pm

Where: Brownsville Heritage Museum

1325 E. Washington Street

 

Join us at the opening reception of our first exhibit of 2021. The exhibit highlights the history of our local police department. Light refreshments will be served.

EVENTS

 

Winter Walking Tour: Fort Brown

When: Saturday, January 23, 2021

Time: 11 am

Where: Brownsville Heritage Museum

1325 E. Washington Street

Cost: $5 for BHA members

$10 for non-members. Sorry, no refunds.

RSVP by calling: 956-541-5560

 

Fort Brown was an important military post on the US-Mexican border. This fort saw various conflicts including the Mexican American War and the Civil War. BHA Board Member, Dr. Anthony Knopp, will lead you through Fort Brown and its buildings; many of which are still in use today. Space is limited so reserve your spot soon!

 

Cocktails With A Curator

When: January 28, 2021

Time: 5-7 pm

Where: Market Square Building

625 East 12th Street

Cost: Individual tickets are $20 for members & $30 for non-members. Or $30 per couple with membership and $40 per couple if non-members. Sorry, no refunds.

RSVP by calling: 956-548-1313

 

Let’s mix things up! Join us for “Cocktails With A Curator,” a program that toasts amazing works of art and historical artifacts with deliciously themed cocktails. Drinks will be prepared by Dacey Garza, owner of The Library at La Rioja. Price includes admission and three drink tickets per person. There is a 25- person limit so be sure and register early- spots will fill up fast!

 

Winter Walking Tour: Mitte Cultural District

When: Friday, February 5, 2021

Time: 11am

Where: Meet at the Historic Brownsville Museum, 641 E. Madison Street

Cost: $5 for BHA members and $10 for non-members. Sorry, no refunds.

RSVP by calling: 956-548-1313

 

BHA Board Member, Dr. Anthony Knopp, will be your guide as you tour the Mitte Cultural District. Space is limited so reserve your spot soon!

 

Winter Walking Tour: Old City Cemetery

When: Saturday, February 20, 2021

Time: 11am

Where: Meet at the Historic Brownsville    Museum, 641 E. Madison Street

Cost: $5 for BHA members and $10 for non-members.  Sorry, no refunds.

RSVP by calling: 956-548-1313

 

BHA Board Member, Dr. Anthony Knopp, will be your guide as you tour this historic landmark. The history of the city will reveal itself through the stories of the people who built it as we explore the lives of those buried in the Old City Cemetery. Space is limited so reserve your spot soon!

Hours of Operation:

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

Sundays - Mondays: CLOSED

1325 E. Washington Street, Brownsville, Texas 78520

1 (956) 541-5560

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