The Smithsonian’s Traveling Exhibit Is Coming to Texas

February 7, 2024 | By Mary Beth Gahan

It doesn’t carry the name recognition of the Alamo, Nacogdoches, Goliad, or other key players in Texas’ history, but San Augustine in deep East Texas has plenty to boast about.

Inside the World’s Most Extensive Dallas Cowboys Museum

January 4, 2024 | By Natalie Weiner

Located on a typical residential block in Arlington, the world’s most extensive collection of Cowboys memorabilia sticks out like a big blue and silver sore thumb.

Hemphill Remembers the Columbia Disaster 20 Years Later

January 24, 2023 | By Clayton Maxwell

The Texas Vintage Motorcycle Museum Introduces Johnson City to the Wild Side

August 25, 2022 | By Clayton Maxwell

Artist Sedrick Huckaby’s New ‘Museum’ Aims to Bring Art to Fort Worth’s Polytechnic Heights

January 27, 2022 | By Jonny Auping

Artist Sedrick Huckaby has been hard at work transforming the 120-year-old Fort Worth house of his late grandmother—known affectionately as “Big Momma”—into a collaborative, multipurpose art space.

Take a Virtual Tour of These 5 Texas Museums

March 26, 2020 | By Gabrielle Pharms

Without a doubt, COVID-19’s impact can be felt in every industry, from hospitality and dining to beloved sources of enlightenment like museums. Fortunately, many museums and art galleries in the state—and around the world—are showcasing their renowned collections online. If you’ve always wanted to visit Texas’ best-known institutions, this is your opportunity to experience them from the comfort of your own home. Here are five top-notch museums you can “visit” today.

A new exhibit at the Amon Carter Museum celebrates the avian works of the Gentling brothers

March 26, 2020 | By Amanda Eyre Ward

8 Summer Art Exhibits to See Now

July 15, 2019 | By Meara Isenberg

Giant LEGO dinosaurs, superhero-themed paintings, and photographs of famous musicians are currently on exhibit at museums in Texas—but they won’t be for much longer.

How an Austin Suburb Became a Literary Mecca

July 6, 2018 | By Wes Ferguson

A little more than two decades ago, the novelist and professor Tom Grimes paid a visit to the childhood home of Katherine Anne Porter, one of Texas’ great writers.

Porter had died in 1980 at the age of 90. Long before she found literary fortune and fame in New York, winning a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award for her collected short stories in 1966, she spent her formative years in her grandmother’s three-bedroom house in the dusty rail town of Kyle—now a fast-growing suburb between Austin and San Marcos with a population approaching 40,000.

A Border Atmosphere, Smoking Chile Rellenos and Arts and Crafts Greet You in Laredo

June 27, 2018 | By Daniel Blue Tyx

Illustration by Chiari VercesiA stroll across the San Agustín Plaza, just a few hundred feet from the Rio Grande in downtown Laredo, feels like a passage across both space and time.

Who Wouldn’t Love a Buckarita in the Company of a Crossbred Longhorn-Buffalo?

June 27, 2018 | By Gene Fowler


The “Buckarita” at San Antonio’s Buckhorn Saloon serves up the kick you’d expect from a mix of Cuervo 1800 Tequila, Grand Gala, and prickly pear juice.

Dive Deep into the Water Cycle at the Laredo Water Museum

May 23, 2018 | By

What do I look like?” my 5-year-old daughter, Ana, asked when she emerged from her bedroom dressed in blue stretch pants and a sparkly violet T-shirt. I shrugged my shoulders, and she crinkled her brow in disapproval at her father’s lack of with-it-ness. “I’m a water droplet!” she proclaimed. “Now let’s go to the water museum.”

Take Flight in a Vintage Military Aircraft at the Lone Star Flight Museum in Houston

April 26, 2018 | By

The roar of the engines fills my ears as the two pilots, seated behind me, guide the plane over my hometown of La Porte. From this vantage point, some 1,500 feet in the air, I gaze down upon a patchwork landscape of refineries divided by the sinuous path of the Houston Ship Channel. The plane banks to the left, revealing a familiar landmark: the limestone pillar of the San Jacinto Monument. As we pass over its crowning star, I catch a glimpse of the Battleship Texas, docked nearby.

This Museum in Grand Saline Encourages You to Lick the Walls

March 21, 2018 | By

True to its name, the façade of the Salt Palace is made of translucent blocks of sodium chloride, the mineral compound we use for everything from seasoning french fries to de-icing roads on wintry days. “Salt kills all germs, and you can’t grow germs on salt,” King says. “So you can lick the building. You can lick the big ton of salt out front. We don’t care, you can lick anything you want. We are fine with it.”

New Exhibit at San Antonio’s Witte Museum Showcases Texas Maps Spanning 3 Centuries

February 15, 2018 | By

The exhibit, which opened Feb. 15 and runs through Sept. 17, features artifacts ranging from an original 1701 map of Frenchmen Sieur de La Salle’s ill-fated 1685 expedition along the Texas coast to a 1968 Rand McNally & Co. map showing routes to San Antonio for the HemisFair World’s Fair. In between are dozens of vintage maps depicting such historical chapters as early 19th century Native American trails; frontier military trails and forts; German immigrant Hill Country maps of the 1840s; new railroads stretching westward into Texas in the 1850s; and cattle drive trails of the 1880s.

Due West

January 3, 2014 | By Gene Fowler

The late, great Texan Dolph Briscoe Jr. loved his native land as much as anyone who gazed upon the storied walls of the Alamo, beheld the timeless passage of the Rio Grande, or strode both proud and humble beneath a vast Texas sky.

The National Museum of the Pacific War

June 22, 2010 | By Joe Sherfy

Most weekends of the year, crowds flock to Fredericksburg to enjoy the Hill Country ambiance, shop along historic Main Street, or savor impromptu wine tastings.

Track to the Future: Train Museums

October 1, 2009 | By Lori Moffatt

A few blocks north of the Fort Worth Convention Center and its supporting cast of restaurants, wine bars, and plush hotels, the railroad still rolls into town much as it did in 1876, when the city became a major shipping point for livestock headed to northern markets.

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