Star of the Republic Museum
Texas Attractions: Star of the Republic Museum
City: Washington-on-the-Brazos (near Brenham)
Location: Inside Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site
About the Star of the Republic Museum:
Administered by Blinn College, the Star of the Republic Museum is located at Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site, between Brenham and Navasota, and opened on Texas Independence Day in 1970. It is the official historical museum of the Texas Republic.
The Star of the Republic Museum boasts 10,000 square feet of space for exhibits, audiovisual presentations, and educational programs. It also houses a research library with more than 3,000 volumes that include historical documents manuscripts and maps (the library is open by appointment only).
The Star of the Republic Museum houses more than 20,000 artifacts tracing the history of the Republic of Texas, which existed from 1836 to 1846.
The two-story building that houses the museum is itself interesting; its ground floor is in the shape of a star (matching the star on the Texas flag), and is faced with native limestone. The second floor includes a large observation deck, offering views of the surrounding park.
The Star of the Republic Museum is open daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., except for Thanksgiving and from December 24 through January 2.
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