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Pioneer Museum Complex

Open today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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If you love History, this is a must see

Went here with my daughter and we really enjoyed it. From the old school desks to how they cooked... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Debbie C
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College Station, Texas
See and feel the past at your own pace

The complex consists of several buildings that we brought to one site. You can leisurely walk from... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
RV4fun
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Austin, Texas
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This unique museum is spread out over 4 acres, and includes a general store, barn, and blacksmith shop among other 19th-century styled exhibits.
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309 W Main St, Fredericksburg, TX 78624-3711
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Went here with my daughter and we really enjoyed it. From the old school desks to how they cooked we were intrigued. There was someone there to give us detail on every exhibit. Food to sample. Things to buy. Nice place to walk around and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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jhoover2016, Manager at Pioneer Museum Complex, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

So glad you came with your daughter. Thank you for your affirming review. We like the word "intrigued"!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The complex consists of several buildings that we brought to one site. You can leisurely walk from one building (school, Sunday home, church, etc.) at your leisure. As you walk into the room, a motion detector detects your presence and starts a recording explaining the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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jhoover2016, Manager at Pioneer Museum Complex, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

"At your own pace" is one of our selling points, we think. Take your time in one building, scurry through another if you wish. Thank you for coming and reviewing us.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I were visiting for the weekend and decided that this would be one of our stops and we thoroughly enjoyed the walk back in time. It's amazing to see how much things have changed in just a short amount of time and...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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jhoover2016, Manager at Pioneer Museum Complex, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Isn't that the truth? It wasn't that long ago people lived contentedly and successfully without so many things we consider essential today. That's not to say we don't enjoy our modern conveniences, right!? Thanks for coming by.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

First of all, the lady at the front desk were so nice and kind!! We were so welcome when we got there! She explained us where to go and what to see. The museum is very clean and showed us the history of Germans in...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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jhoover2016, Manager at Pioneer Museum Complex, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for coming. Our ladies at the front desk are always made aware when a visitor compliments them. We appreciate your visit and nice review.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Started visit with nice talk with lady working the gift shop, saw a nicely done film on origin of town, then self guided tour where taped messages from descendants of some of the owners/ builders of houses / businesses.

Date of experience: January 2019
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jhoover2016, Manager at Pioneer Museum Complex, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your visit and kind words. We're proud of our front line ladies who are a rich resource for local history because they grew up here. Glad you found the experience a 4-star one.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We visited this museum yesterday and really found it to be very interesting. This is a self guided tour. The tour starts with a short film showing how the German immigrants came to this area of Texas. There are several buildings to view in the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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jhoover2016, Manager at Pioneer Museum Complex, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We are so glad you complimented the very things we decided on to enhance our visitor experience, i.e. the short explanatory film, the audio in the buildings, and the choice of interpreters who have personal history with each building. So glad you found it worthy...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Worth a stop, but I would not make a special trip. Surprisingly modest with little signage. Explains story of early German investors in these lands, but could have done more on why early left Germany and why first investors selected here versus areas that looked...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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jhoover2016, Manager at Pioneer Museum Complex, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for stopping by. This is a great time for us to take your criticism to heart since we are currently involved in upgrading the methods by which we tell Our Story. We're always interested in the questions people leave with because we want...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My maiden name is "Gillespie" and Fredericksburg is located in Gillespie County. I really wanted to explore how the County was named that. The Pioneer Museum was a picture perfect exhibit of the true history of Fredericksburg, the people, the beginnings, the struggles and the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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jhoover2016, Manager at Pioneer Museum Complex, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

A lot of heart and soul does indeed go in to preserving this site, and we're so grateful you came and said such nice things about us. Thank you! I hope you learned that our county is named after Robert A. Gillespie, a Texas soldier...More

Reviewed January 13, 2019

The lady running the gift shop was very helpful and informative and my dad was intrigued as he's a historian. The buildings were very well preserved and did a great job showing what it was like living in that area many years ago.

Date of experience: November 2018
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jhoover2016, Manager at Pioneer Museum Complex, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Your dad knows then that preserving historic buildings is a more massive task as each year goes by. We have 9 such structures, and we are so proud for what they show and tell. Thank you for visiting and reviewing.

Reviewed January 13, 2019

We decided to visit this museum during our weekend stay and it was well worth the 90 minute visit or so. Each location has an audio from a family member decendent to listen to as you enter each structure at the complex. I felt it...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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jhoover2016, Manager at Pioneer Museum Complex, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Our audios are a big hit with our visitors. Thank you for adding your pat on the back about them. I especially appreciate your comment about "not too long for all ages to enjoy" because we want people to bring their children to catch a...More

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Eileen B
September 21, 2018|
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Adults 7.50 Students 3.00 Under age 6 Free Active or Veteran discount
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donaldsfrazier
December 13, 2017|
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We had 15,500 visitors come through the Pioneer Museum in 2017. We also run the Vereins Kirche (German for Society Church) building on the Town Square. We had 18,900 visitors there for a grand total of 34,400 at both our... More
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Andrea F
March 10, 2017|
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Hi, Andrea. I'm the Museum Director. We are not open on Sundays because we value the concept of a weekly "day of rest" in Fredericksburg, which is a long-held tradition passed down by our pioneers, whom we honor with this... More
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