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Historic Brownsville Museum

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Address: 641 E Madison St, Brownsville, TX 78520-6098
Phone Number: 956 548 1313

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Beautiful museum in the old railroad depot.

This well presented museum is laid out in three buildings on the grounds od the old railroad depot. The depot is very well preserve and beautiful to see. The exhibits are laid out... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
Granbury, Texas
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Granbury, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

This well presented museum is laid out in three buildings on the grounds od the old railroad depot. The depot is very well preserve and beautiful to see. The exhibits are laid out in easy to see and read dislays. The old baggage room is a great place to start, where you will learn much about the founding and early... More 

2 Thank putterman41
Brownsville, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

The history in the Rio Grande Valley as absolutely amazing and Brownsville was a big part of it. It is time well spent and entertaining as well.

Boerne, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Although this museum appears to be very small from the outside, it hold a large treasure of historic items. There are great displays about the history of the RGV; there is also a good selection of books for adults and kids. Next door is the Stillman House - be sure to check that out, too.

1 Thank SusanD55
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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58 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

This is a small museum with a variety of artifacts. We enjoyed the information about life in Brownsville and how the area was settled. There is also a beautifully restored locomotive that was fun to see. The lady at the front desk was very helpful with suggestions about what to see in the area. It was worth the stop to... More 

3 Thank Theodore T
Austin, Texas
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12 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 via mobile

The building is worth the visit. The architecture has been preserved and is restored beautifully. Visit the creepy bedroom, the old wood burning train engine, and relive the battlefield at Palo Alto.

2 Thank KBStillman
Ogden, Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 221 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

The museum is quite small, but does have a few interesting things. The old train engine from the 1800's, has been restored, and was worth seeing. There is a $2.00 charge to get it. The museum could use some money and a little TLC to make it better.

5 Thank Patty W
Santa Fe, NM
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24 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

the station building is worth the visit - and on top of that, you get interesting displays of artifacts of early Brownsville and an easy to understand chronology of this fascinating city. When we were there, there was an excellent show of needle work by the area chapter of the Embroidery Guild of America and also a show of artwork... More 

3 Thank Gene A
Brownsville, Texas, Usa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Now if you are really interested in history this is the place to go. Brownsville has a great past history and was really involved in the civil was on both sides. Has a very colorful past so come enjoy a couple of days in Brownsville.

3 Thank Johnny S
Del Rio, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 195 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

This small museum is in a good way to begin to understand the history of Brownsville. Close the zoo, theatre, art museum and a nice park, this museum can be a good addition to a visit to Brownsville. This might be a great place for people who are studying history who are looking for a relaxed, slower environment. Housed in... More 

6 Thank djfluth
Brownscille, TX
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25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

Not too much to see when I visited, Displays not as interesting as expected. The old railway station is beautiful

3 Thank marilynsart

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