List of museums in East Texas

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East Texas is a region in the U.S. state of Texas, that borders the entire Louisiana state line on the east, Arkansas on the northeast near Texarkana, and Oklahoma on the north. It includes all or parts of 49 counties and contains the regions known as the Texas Piney Woods, and Deep East Texas.[1]

The list of museums in Texas encompasses museums defined for this context as institutions (including nonprofit organizations, government entities, and private businesses) that collect and care for objects of cultural, artistic, scientific, or historical interest and make their collections or related exhibits available for public viewing. Museums that exist only in cyberspace (i.e., virtual museums) are not included. Also included are non-profit art galleries and exhibit spaces.

Lists of Texas institutions which are not museums are noted in the "See also" section, below.

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Museums[edit]

East Texas museums
Museum name Image City County Type Summary/Refs
Alley Log Cabin & Antique Tool Museum Columbus Colorado Historic house [2]
B-RI Railroad Museum TBV depot 2010.jpg Teague Freestone Railroad Trinity and Brazos Valley Railway Depot and Office Building located on NRHP for Freestone County, also local history exhibits [3]
Brenham Heritage Museum Brenham Washington Local history history and culture of Washington County [4]
Brookshire's World of Wildlife Museum and Country Store Tyler Smith Natural history operated by Brookshire Grocery Company, features wildlife dioramas and period country store displays [5]
Caddoan Mounds State Historic Site Alto Cherokee Archaeology [6]
Camp Ford Tyler Smith Military site of the largest Confederate prisoner camp west of the Mississippi River, official archeological site, Historical reconstruction of the Lt. Col J.B. Leake cabin [7]
Carnegie History Center Tyler carnegie library.jpg Tyler Smith Local history operated by the Smith County Historical Society
Formerly used as Carnegie Public Library [8]
Confederate Memorial Museum Columbus Colorado Local history [9]
Chappell Hill Historical Society Museum Chappell Hill Washington Local history [10]
Cotton Belt Depot Train Museum Cotton Belt Railroad Depot Museum, Tyler, TX IMG 0542.JPG Tyler Smith built in 1905, Bragg Model Train Collection on permanent display [11]
Davis Pioneer Complex & Museum, N.H.N.H. Davis Pioneer Complex & Museum Montgomery Montgomery Historic house [12]
Depot Museum Henderson Rusk Open air includes East Texas history, folk crafts and historic buildings [13]
Col. John Dewberry House Tyler Smith Historic house 1854 plantation home [14]
Discovery Place Children's Museum Texarkana Bowie Children's [15]
Discovery Science Place Tyler Smith Science [16]
Draughn-Moore House Texarkana Bowie Historic house 1885 Italianate Victorian home in a club shape with Edwardian furnishings, NRHP Bowie County Known locally as the Ace of Clubs House [17]
Durst-Taylor House Nacogdoches Nacogdoches Historic house mid-19th century period house
NRHP Nacodoches County [18]
East Texas Museum at Gladewater East TX Museum in Gladewater IMG 4926.JPG Gladewater Gregg, Upshur [19]
East Texas Oil Museum Kilgore Gregg, Rusk Industry includes re-creation of oil discovery and production in the early 1930s, period boomtown displays [19]
Epperson-McNutt House Jefferson Marion Historic house listed on NRHP in Marion County, aka House of the Seasons [20]
Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site Fanthorp inn texas 2008.jpg Anderson Grimes Historic house restored 1850s period family home and stagecoach stop[21]
Flight of the Phoenix Aviation Museum Gilmer Upshur Aviation aircraft and equipment of the armed forces, a museum dedicated to honoring veterans, nurturing patriotism, preserving heritage [22]
Franklin County Museum Mount Vernon Franklin Local history includes local, cultural and natural history artifacts [23]
Frizzell Country Music Museum And Pioneer Village, LeftyLefty Frizzell Country Music Museum And Pioneer Village Pioneer Village in Corsicana, TX IMG 0644.JPG Corsicana Navarro Open air combined museum and historic village, statue of Lefty Frizzell [24]
Gaston Museum Henderson Rusk education of east Texas before and after oil boom [25]
Goodman-LeGrand House Goodman Home, Tyler, TX IMG 0447.JPG Tyler Smith Historic house NRHP in Smith County [26]
Gregg County Historical Museum Longview Gregg, Harrison Local history [27]
Harris House Museum, Dilue RoseDilue Rose Harris House Museum Columbus Colorado Historic house [28]
Harrison County Historical Museum Marshall Harrison Local history [29]
Henderson County Historical Museum Athens Henderson Local history [30]
Heritage Village Woodville Tyler Open air buildings reflect pioneer life from the 19th century to early 20th century [31]
Historic Aviation Memorial Museum Tyler Smith Aviation 20th century aviation memorabilia and aircraft [32]
Historic Upshur Museum Gilmer Upshur Local history [33]
History Center, TheThe History Center Diboll Angelina Local history [34]
Horlock History Center Navasota Grimes Historic house open by appointment [35]
Houston Regional Library and Research Center, SamSam Houston Regional Library and Research Center Liberty Liberty Multiple includes changing exhibits of South Texas history from its collections and two historic house museums [36]
Houston Memorial Museum, SamSam Houston Memorial Museum Sam houston memorial museum Huntsville TX.jpg Huntsville Walker Biographical part of Sam Houston State University [37]
Houston County Museum Houston County (TX) Museum IMG 1010.JPG Crockett Houston [38]
Jefferson Historical Museum Jefferson Marion Local history exhibits include period furniture and decorative arts, Civil War artifacts, weapons, country store items, farm tools, pioneer doctor's instruments, art[39]
Johnson's Rock Shop and Museum Livingston Polk Geology [40]
Light Crust Doughboys Hall of Fame and Museum Quitman Wood Music, entertainment All things related to the Light Crust Doughboys, Opened 2005, closed 2011 [41]
Limestone County Historical Museum Groesbeck Limestone Local history [42]
Live Oak Art Center Columbus Colorado Art [43]
Longview Museum of Fine Arts Longview Gregg, Harrison Art [44]
Majors-Parchman Farmstead Mount Vernon Franklin Historic house 1883 Victorian farmhouse with original outbuildings, a small barn, smokehouse, chicken coop[45]
Michelson Museum of Art Marshall Harrison Art [46]
Millard's Crossing Historic Village Nacogdoches Nacogdoches Open air 19th century village[47]
Miss Jane Library & Museum Beckville Panola Local history [48]
Mount Vernon Railroad Depot Mount Vernon Franklin Multiple museum includes working telegraph and railroad exhibits, model train exhibit, 1902 Studebaker covered wagon; property includes 1880-built log cabin, a syrup press and mill and a blacksmith shop[49]
Museum for East Texas Culture Palestine Anderson Local history [50]
Museum of East Texas Lufkin Angelina Multiple local history and art [51]
Museum of Regional History Texarkana Bowie Local history exhibits include pre-history, +Spanish and French explorers, agriculture, early industry, civil rights, World War II and local music figures [52]
NFD Museum Nacogdoches Nacogdoches Firefighting [53]
Nacogdoches Railroad Depot Museum Nacogdoches station.jpg Nacogdoches Nacogdoches [54]
Newton County Historical Commission History Center & Museum Newton Newton Local history [55]
Northeast Texas Children's Museum Commerce Hunt Children's [56]
Northeast Texas Rural Heritage Museum Pittsburg Camp Multiple two sites with one admission, the Farmstead, a turn-of-the-20th-century farmhouse and farm, and the Cotton Belt Depot with local railroad, cultural, agricultural history and transportation exhibits [57]
Old Fort Parker Fort parker state park.jpg Groesbeck Limestone Military restored fort buildings[58]
Old Jail Arts Center Mount Vernon Franklin Art operated by the Franklin County Arts Alliance [59]
Old Mill Museum Old Mill Museum, Lindale, TX IMG 5303.JPG Lindale Smith [60]
Old Stone Fort Museum Old Stone Fort in Nacogdoches, Texas.jpg Nacogdoches Nacogdoches Local history part of Stephen F. Austin State University [61]
Panola County Heritage Museum Panola County, TX, Heritage Museum IMG 2941.JPG Carthage Panola [62]
Pearce Collections at Navarro College, TheThe Pearce Collections at Navarro College Cookcenter.jpg Corsicana Navarro Multiple Contemporary American Western art and American Civil War collections [63]
Polk County Memorial Museum Polk county memorial museum livingston tx.jpg Livingston Polk Local history [64]
Powell Hotel Museum Newton Newton Historic site [65]
Sam Rayburn Museum Bonham Fannin Biographical NRHP Fannin County [66]
Rayburn House and Museum, Samuel T.Samuel T. Rayburn House and Museum Bonham Fannin Biographical NRHP listing in Fannin County [67]
Sabine County Jail Museum and Vergie Speights Memorial Library Hemphill Sabine Local history operated by the Sabine County Historical Society, includes exhibits of Sabine County history, tours of jail cell and gallows [68]
Salt Palace Grand saline salt palace.JPG Grand Saline Van Zandt Historic house house made from solid salt rocks donated by Morton Salt, exhibits include local salt industry and local history [69]
Santa Claus Museum Columbus Colorado Commodity also known as Mary Elizabeth Hopkins Santa Claus Museum, Santa Claus memorabilia and art [70]
SFA Art Galleries Nacogdoches Nacogdoches Art three galleries at Stephen F. Austin State University [71]
Shatto Wildlife Museum, Preston KylePreston Kyle Shatto Wildlife Museum Columbus Colorado Natural history wildlife dioramas [72]
Shelby County Historical Society Museum Shelby County (TX) Museum IMG 0954.JPG Center Shelby Local history [73]
Shivers Library and Museum, AllanAllan Shivers Library and Museum Woodville Tyler Biographical mementos of Governor Allan Shivers[74]
Southwest Dairy Museum Sulphur Springs Hopkins Agriculture dairy farming and dairy products [75]
Spellman Museum of Forney History Forney Kaufman Local history operated by the Forney Historic Preservation League [76]
Star of the Republic Museum StaroftheRepublicMuseum.JPG Washington-on-the-Brazos Washington History culture and history of the Republic of Texas from 1836–1846[77]
Starr Family Home State Historic Site Starr Home at Christmas, Marshall, TX IMG 2350.JPG Marshall Harrison Historic house [78]
Sterne-Hoya House Museum and Library Adolph Sterne House in Nacogdoches.jpg Nacogdoches Nacogdoches Historic house NRHP Nacodoches County, Texas[79]
Tate-Senftnberg-Brandon House Museum Columbus Colorado Historic house [80]
Texas and Pacific Railway Museum MHL-2005.jpg Marshall Harrison Railroad [81]
Texas Baptist Historical Museum Texas baptist historical museum 2014.jpg Independence Washington Texas history
Texas Cotton Gin Museum Texas cotton gin museum 2013.jpg Burton Washington Agriculture working cotton gin and history of cotton farming [82]
Texas Country Music Hall of Fame Texas Country Music Hall of Fame and Tex Ritter Museum IMG 2956.JPG Carthage Panola Music [83]
Texas Forestry Museum Lufkin Angelina Multiple area logging industry, the CCC, the United States Forest Service and forests [84]
Texas Prison Museum TexasPrisonMuseum.JPG Huntsville Walker Law enforcement [85]
Tyler Museum of Art Tyler Smith Art [86]
Tyler Rose Museum Tyler Smith Entertainment history and memorabilia of the Texas Rose Festival [87]
Van Area Oil & Historical Museum Van Van Zandt Local history [88]
Vanishing Texana Museum Jacksonville Cherokee Local history located in the Jacksonville Public Library [89]
Veterans Museum of Texas Huntsville Walker Military also known as HEARTS Veterans Museum of Texas [90]
Walker County Historical Museum Gibbs powell house huntsville tx 2014.jpg Huntsville Walker Local history located in the Gibbs-Powell House
Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site Washington on the Brazos Monument.jpg Washington-on-the-Brazos Washington Multiple includes Star of the Republic Museum, Independence Hall and Barrington Living History Farm [91]
Whitaker-McClendon House Tyler Smith Historic house Eastlake Bracketed Victorian estate, also known as the Bonner-Whitaker-McClendon House, NRHP Smith County [92]
Williams House Museum De Kalb Bowie Local history [93]
Wills Point Depot Museum Wills Point Van Zandt Local history [94]

See also[edit]

Resources[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Alley Log Cabin Museum". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  3. ^ "B-RI Railroad Museum". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Brenham Heritage Museum". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  5. ^ Hinton, Anne B. "Brookshire Grocery Company". Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Caddoan Mounds SHP". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  7. ^ Lawrence, F.Lee. "Camp Ford". Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Carnegie Public Library". Texas Historical Association. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  9. ^ Hinton, Don Allon. "Columbus, Texas". Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Chappell Hill Historical Society Museum". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  11. ^ Bowman, Bob. "The Tyler Depot". Texas Escapes. Blueprints For Travel, LLC. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Davis, N. H., Cottage". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Depot Museum Complex". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  14. ^ McCroskey, Vista K. "Teaselville Texas". Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved July 13, 2013. 
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  17. ^ "Draughn-Moore House". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved July 4, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Durst—Taylor House". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  19. ^ a b "East Texas Oil Museum". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  20. ^ "Epperson-McNutt House". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  21. ^ "Fanthorp Inn State Historical Park". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  22. ^ "Flight of the Phoenix Aviation Museum". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  23. ^ "Firestation Museum". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  24. ^ "Pioneer Village". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  25. ^ "Area attractions". Henderson, Tx. Retrieved February 13, 2014. 
  26. ^ "Goodman-LeGrand House and Museum". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  27. ^ "Gregg Co. Historical Museum". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  28. ^ "Dilue Rose Harris House Museum". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  29. ^ "Harrison County Historical Museum". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  30. ^ "Henderson Co. Historical Society Museum". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  31. ^ "Heritage Village Museum". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  32. ^ "Historic Aviation Memorial Museum". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  33. ^ "Historic Upshur Museum". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  34. ^ "The History Center". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  35. ^ "Horlock, Robert A., House". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  36. ^ Schaadt, Robert L. "Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center". Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  37. ^ "Sam Houston Memorial Museum". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  38. ^ "Houston Co. Visitors Center Museum". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  39. ^ "Jefferson Historical Society & Museum". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  40. ^ "Johnson's Rock Shop and Museum". Roadside America. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  41. ^ Jasinski, Laurie E (2012). Handbook of Texas Music. Texas State Historical Association. p. 362. ISBN 978-0876112526. 
  42. ^ "Limestone Co. Historical Museum". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  43. ^ "Columbus Paddling Trail". Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  44. ^ Fish, Kimberly (January 2012). "Adventures in Longview". Texas Highways. 
  45. ^ "Parchman House Museum". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  46. ^ Tyler, Ron. "Museums". Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  47. ^ "Millard's Crossing Historic Village". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  48. ^ "Miss Jane Library and Museum". Carthage, Texas. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  49. ^ "Mount Vernon Railroad Depot". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  50. ^ "Museum for East Texas Culture". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  51. ^ Curlee, Kendall. "Museum of East Texas". Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  52. ^ "Texarkana Museum of Regional History/Texarkana Museums Systems". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  53. ^ "NFD Fire Museum". City of Nacogdoches. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  54. ^ "Historic Sites". City of Nacogdoches. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  55. ^ "Newton County History Center & Museum". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  56. ^ "Commerce, Texas". Office of the Governor, Economic Development and Tourism. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  57. ^ "Northeast Texas Rural Heritage Museum". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  58. ^ "Old Fort Parker". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  59. ^ "Mount Vernon". Office of the Governor, Economic Development and Tourism. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  60. ^ McCroskey, Vista K. "Lindale, TX". Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  61. ^ "Stone Fort Museum". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  62. ^ "Panola Co. Historical Museum". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  63. ^ "Pearce Museum". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  64. ^ "Polk Co. Memorial Museum". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  65. ^ "W.H. Ford Male & Female College/Powell Hotel". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  66. ^ "Sam Rayburn Library & Museum". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  67. ^ "Sam Rayburn House Museum". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  68. ^ "The Texat Forest Trail Region". State of Texas. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  69. ^ "Salt Palace Museum". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  70. ^ "Santa Claus Museum". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  71. ^ "School of Art". Stephen F. Austin State University. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  72. ^ "Wildlife Museum". PKS. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  73. ^ "Shelby Co. Museum". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  74. ^ "Allan Shivers Library & Museum". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  75. ^ "Southwest Dairy Museum Inc". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  76. ^ "Spellman Museum c/o Forney Historic Preservation League". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  77. ^ "Star of the Republic Museum". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  78. ^ "Starr Family Home SHP". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  79. ^ "Sterne-Hoya House". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  80. ^ "Tate-Senftenberg-Brandon House Museum". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  81. ^ "Texas & Pacific Depot Museum / Marshall Depot". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  82. ^ "Burton Cotton Gin and Museum". Roadside America. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  83. ^ "Tex Ritter Museum/Texas Country Music Hall of Fame". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  84. ^ "Texas Forestry Museum". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  85. ^ "Texas Prison Museum". Roadside America. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  86. ^ Curlee, Kendall. "Tyler Museum of Art". Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  87. ^ "Tyler Rose Museum". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  88. ^ "Van Area Oil & Historical Museum". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  89. ^ "Public Library". City of Jacksonville, TX. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  90. ^ "Military Museums". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  91. ^ "Washington on the Brazos SHP". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  92. ^ "Whitaker-McClendon House". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  93. ^ "The Williams House Museum". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved July 14, 2013. 
  94. ^ "Wills Point Depot Museum". Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved July 14, 2013.