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Discover our History, Heritage & Cultural Arts

With 75 years of service, the Brownsville Historical Association 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.

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1325 E. Washington Street

Brownsville, Texas 78520

P: 956.541.5560  |  F: 956.435.0028

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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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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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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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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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Historic Laureles

Ranch house Museum

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1501 East 7th Street

Brownsville, TX 78520

P: 956.372.1515

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COSTUMES OF THE AMERICAS MUSEUM

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1004 E. Sixth Street

Brownsville, Texas 78520

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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 is valid for one week after purchase:

Adults

Seniors

Students

$12.00

$  8.00

$  4.00

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

EXHIBITS

CAM Exhibit: Hidden In Fabric: Stories of Tradition and Culture

When: September 11 – February 28, 2023

Where: Costumes of the Americas Museum, 1004 E. Sixth Street, Brownsville, Texas

Cost: Regular admission prices apply.

 

The first exhibit displayed at the new building is Hidden in Fabric: Stories of Tradition and Culture.  The exhibit stretches beyond fashion and style and focuses on textiles' unique ability to tell a story. For centuries, cultures around the world have used the language of fabric to express themselves, their environments, and their beliefs. The exhibit at the Costumes of the Americas Museum features traditional clothing from Mexico, Central America, and South America that to the naked eye depict various uses of fabrics, colors, patterns, and accessories; together they hold stories of heritage.

EVENTS

Ghost Hunt at the Stillman House

When: Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022

Time: 8 - 10 p.m.

Where: Stillman House Museum, 1325 E. Washington Street

Cost: $30

 

The BHA and RGV Paranormal Lockdown will be hosting a “Ghost Hunt” at the Stillman House. Find out if there are any ghost encounters during your visit and learn to use ghost hunting gadgets in this historic home. There is a 15-person limit, be sure and register early - spots will fill up fast! Reservations and non-refundable payment required in advance by calling 956- 541-5560. Event open for those 15 years old and over.

 

About RGV Paranormal:

RGV Paranormal Lockdown is the Valley’s very own ghost hunting team with years of experience of conducting paranormal investigations at famous haunted locations and family homes. The team uses special equipment that give folks the capability to communicate with spirits and to investigate the unknown. Join the lockdown, if you dare!

 

Shades of Haunted History Walking Tour: Downtown Brownsville

When: Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022

Time: Two 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 this fall. The first tour begins at 6:30 pm and will be led by Dr. Anthony 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 so be sure and register early - spots will fill up fast!

 

Archeology Fair

When: Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022

Time: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Where: Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park, 7200 Paredes Line Rd

Cost: Free and open to the public

 

Stop by the Archeology Fair and visit the BHA's booth, where you can learn about gravestone symbolism and how archeologists use this information to learn more about the people of the past. For more information, please call (956) 541-2785.

 

Haunted History Tour of The Old City Cemetery

When: Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2022

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Where: Old City Cemetery, 1004 E. 6th Street

Cost: Free. Registration required with the Brownsville Public Library; please call

(956) 548-1055 or email bpl@brownsilletx.gov.

 

The Brownsville Public Library is proud to partner with the Brownsville Historical Association on a Haunted History Tour at the Old City Cemetery. Learn about the history of Brownsville and the cemetery with a guided tour provided by the BHA. At the end of the tour, you will have the opportunity to share your spooky ghost encounters with others. Registration required with the Brownsville Public Library, limited spots available.

 

Shades of Haunted History Walking Tour: Downtown Brownsville

When: Friday, Oct. 21, 2022

Time: Two 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. Anthony 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!

 

Ghost Hunt at the Stillman House

When: Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022

Time: 8 - 10 p.m.

Where: Stillman House Museum, 1325 E. Washington Street

Cost: $30

 

The BHA and RGV Paranormal Lockdown will be hosting a “Ghost Hunt” at the Stillman House. Find out if there are any ghost encounters during your visit and learn to use ghost hunting gadgets in this historic home. There is a 15-person limit, be sure and register early - spots will fill up fast! Reservations and non-refundable payment required in advance by calling 956- 541-5560. Event open for those 15 years old and over.

 

About RGV Paranormal:

RGV Paranormal Lockdown is the Valley’s very own ghost hunting team with years of experience of conducting paranormal investigations at famous haunted locations and family homes. The team uses special equipment that give folks the capability to communicate with spirits and to investigate the unknown. Join the lockdown, if you dare!

 

Historical Happy Hour: Halloween Costume Contest

When: Friday, Oct. 28, 2022

Time: 5 - 7 p.m.

Where: Historic Brownsville Museum, 641 E Madison Street

Cost: Free for BHA members, $10 when you RSVP, $15 at the door. Sorry, no refunds.

 

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 participating in the contest). 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.

 

Murder, Mystery, Mayhem Tour

When: Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022

Time: 8 p.m.

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!

Hours of Operation:

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

Sundays - Mondays: CLOSED

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With 75 years of service, the Brownsville Historical Association 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.

Discover our History, Heritage & Cultural Arts

With 75 years of service, the Brownsville Historical Association 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.

Hours of Operation:

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

Sundays - Mondays: CLOSED

Discover our History, Heritage

& Cultural Arts

With 75 years of service, the Brownsville Historical Association 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.

Discover our History, Heritage & Cultural Arts

With 75 years of service, the Brownsville Historical Association 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.

Discover our History, Heritage & Cultural Arts

Ghost Hunt at the Stillman House

When: Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022

Time: 8 - 10 p.m.

Where: Stillman House Museum, 1325 E. Washington Street

Cost: $30

 

The BHA and RGV Paranormal Lockdown will be hosting a “Ghost Hunt” at the Stillman House. Find out if there are any ghost encounters during your visit and learn to use ghost hunting gadgets in this historic home. There is a 15-person limit, be sure and register early - spots will fill up fast! Reservations and non-refundable payment required in advance by calling 956- 541-5560. Event open for those 15 years old and over.

 

About RGV Paranormal:

RGV Paranormal Lockdown is the Valley’s very own ghost hunting team with years of experience of conducting paranormal investigations at famous haunted locations and family homes. The team uses special equipment that give folks the capability to communicate with spirits and to investigate the unknown. Join the lockdown, if you dare!

 

Shades of Haunted History Walking Tour: Downtown Brownsville

When: Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022

Time: Two 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 this fall. The first tour begins at 6:30 pm and will be led by Dr. Anthony 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 so be sure and register early - spots will fill up fast!

 

Archeology Fair

When: Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022

Time: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Where: Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park, 7200 Paredes Line Rd

Cost: Free and open to the public

 

Stop by the Archeology Fair and visit the BHA's booth, where you can learn about gravestone symbolism and how archeologists use this information to learn more about the people of the past. For more information, please call (956) 541-2785.

 

Haunted History Tour of The Old City Cemetery

When: Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2022

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Where: Old City Cemetery, 1004 E. 6th Street

Cost: Free. Registration required with the Brownsville Public Library; please call

(956) 548-1055 or email bpl@brownsilletx.gov.

 

The Brownsville Public Library is proud to partner with the Brownsville Historical Association on a Haunted History Tour at the Old City Cemetery. Learn about the history of Brownsville and the cemetery with a guided tour provided by the BHA. At the end of the tour, you will have the opportunity to share your spooky ghost encounters with others. Registration required with the Brownsville Public Library, limited spots available.

 

Shades of Haunted History Walking Tour: Downtown Brownsville

When: Friday, Oct. 21, 2022

Time: Two 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. Anthony 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!

 

Ghost Hunt at the Stillman House

When: Saturday, Oct. 22, 2022

Time: 8 - 10 p.m.

Where: Stillman House Museum, 1325 E. Washington Street

Cost: $30

 

The BHA and RGV Paranormal Lockdown will be hosting a “Ghost Hunt” at the Stillman House. Find out if there are any ghost encounters during your visit and learn to use ghost hunting gadgets in this historic home. There is a 15-person limit, be sure and register early - spots will fill up fast! Reservations and non-refundable payment required in advance by calling 956- 541-5560. Event open for those 15 years old and over.

 

About RGV Paranormal:

RGV Paranormal Lockdown is the Valley’s very own ghost hunting team with years of experience of conducting paranormal investigations at famous haunted locations and family homes. The team uses special equipment that give folks the capability to communicate with spirits and to investigate the unknown. Join the lockdown, if you dare!

 

Historical Happy Hour: Halloween Costume Contest

When: Friday, Oct. 28, 2022

Time: 5 - 7 p.m.

Where: Historic Brownsville Museum, 641 E Madison Street

Cost: Free for BHA members, $10 when you RSVP, $15 at the door. Sorry, no refunds.

 

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 participating in the contest). 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.

 

Murder, Mystery, Mayhem Tour

When: Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022

Time: 8 p.m.

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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