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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

Opening Tuesday, September 13

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:

Adults

Seniors

Students

$10.00

$  6.00

$  3.00

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

EXHIBITS

CHAPS Exhibit: War & Peace on The Rio Grande, 1861-1867

Location: Historic Brownsville Museum, 641 E Madison Street

Duration: April 5 - July 30, 2022

Cost: Exhibit included with paid museum admission.

 

The Brownsville Historical Association, in collaboration with the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley, will host “War and Peace on the Rio Grande, 1861-1867,” an exhibit designed, developed, and produced by the Community Historical Archaeology Project with Schools (CHAPS) and regional museum consultants. The exhibit recounts the Civil War era from 1846-1876 and how it affected the Rio Grande Valley, using panels, pictures, artifacts and mannequins dressed in the attire of the era.

EVENTS

Ghost Hunting at the Old Southern Pacific Depot

When: Saturday, August 13, 2022

Time: 8 – 10 p.m.

Where: Historic Brownsville Museum, 641 E. Madison Street

Cost: $30

 

The BHA and RGV Paranormal Lockdown will be hosting a “Ghost Hunt” at the Historic Brownsville Museum. Come discover spooky stories and learn about the ghosts encountered at this historic building. There is a 30-person limit, be sure and register early - spots will fill up fast! Reservations and non-refundable payment required in advance by calling 956- 548-1313. 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 gives the capability to communicate with spirits and to investigate the unknown. Join the lockdown, if you dare!

 

 

Cocktails with a Curator: A Sneak Peek of our new museum!

When: Thursday, August 18, 2022

Time: 6 - 8 p.m.

Where: Market Square Event Hall, 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

 

Let’s mix things up! Join us for “Cocktails with a Curator,” a program that features historical artifacts paired with deliciously themed cocktails. With the opening of the Costumes of the Americas Museum just around the corner, we invite you to take a look at some of the costumes that will be displayed. Price includes admission and three drink tickets per person. Space is limited so be sure and register early- spots will fill up fast! Event open for those 21 years old and over. Thank you to L&F Distributors for making this program possible.

 

 

BHA at the Lunada Artisan Market

When: Saturday, August 20

Time: 6 - 9 p.m.

Where: Linear Park, Brownsville, Texas

Cost: Free and open to the public

 

The Brownsville Historical Association will be at the Lunada Artisan Market. Stop by the Laureles Ranch House Museum where we'll be offering free tours of the museum, selling gift shop items and much more! Donations are encouraged and provide vital support for the museum's educational programs and 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 price.  Ask about our DAY PASS and visit all of our museums!

 

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.

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.

1325 E. Washington Street, Brownsville, Texas 78520

1 (956) 541-5560

info@brownsvillehistory.org

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