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Address: 1005 Zaragoza Street, Laredo, TX 78040
Phone Number: +1 956-727-3480
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The Republic of the Rio Grande(R) Museum is housed in one of Laredo's...

The Republic of the Rio Grande(R) Museum is housed in one of Laredo's oldest structures located on San Agustin Plaza in downtown Laredo. The museum is a Mexican vernacular structure, constructed in 1830 with an 1860 addition. It was once the home of Bartolome Garcia, prominent rancher and mayor of Laredo. According to tradition, in 1840, the structure served as the capitol of the Republic of the Rio Grande. The Museum is considered a historic house museum which features displays recreating an authentic c.1830 Home in Laredo.

The building is a Recorded Texas Historical Landmark and a Contributing Structure to the San Agustin National Register District. Along with its neighbors, San Agustin Cathedral and La Posada Hotel, the museum forms a triangle of the most visited historic landmarks in the city.

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Nice little museum

You step out of the hot Laredo sun and step back in time. Housed in an old home from Laredo's early days, the museum has quite a few period artifacts.

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 15, 2015
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Laredo, Texas
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Laredo, Texas
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

You step out of the hot Laredo sun and step back in time. Housed in an old home from Laredo's early days, the museum has quite a few period artifacts.

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Laredo
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16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

If you're looking to find out more about Laredo and it's local history, this is the place to start. It's also a great starting point for a walking tour of Historic Downtown Laredo.

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Hyderabad, India
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

The place gives you a feel of the Spanish architecture and their living habits. The guide gives you a detailed explanation of everything in each room. How the place got invaded and how there are 7 flags for the region which is now a downtown region on the border of Mexico.

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2 Thank bindukiran
Alameda, C
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Who knew that Laredo was, for a short time, part of a separate republic that included land on both sides of the Rio Grande and had its own flag? This small museum tells the story of Laredo, its interaction with the larger countries on both sides of it, its brief time as capital of the Republic of the Rio Grande,... More 

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2 Thank saludforall
Pulaski, Tennessee
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77 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 via mobile

You are charged a $2 admission fee per person to tour this wonderfully grand little museum! There is a great amount of wonderfully conveyed history within this little building. There are a few rooms with artifacts from each period that give one a visual example of the times. This is a must see if you are interested in history.

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Chicago, IL
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

This well organized museum shows some of Laredo's early history under 7 flags. Staged rooms gave you an idea of the lifestyle of the periods depicted. Good historical photos. Helpful and knowledgeable staff.

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3 Thank Globaldiva
McAllen, Texas
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41 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

Good place to start for a BRIEF run through of Laredo History. Admission is only $2 dollars and worth it. We spent about 45 minutes in the museum - which is an older adobe home from Old Laredo. The museum has some information to read in the one of four rooms; the other three rooms were occupied with period pieces... More 

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Carlsbad, New Mexico
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27 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

This tiny museum is a must see for anyone who wants to learn about Laredo, Tx. My son still loves to tell people that we have 7 flags - not 6 like the rest of Texas. The tour guide we had was dramatic and engaging for the children (we took a cub scout group).

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