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“Good place to start”

Republic of the Rio Grande Museum
Ranked #1 of 1 Tours in Laredo
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Owner description: 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.
McAllen, Texas
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41 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Good place to start”
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 of antiques and items replicating the historic home's furnishings. Note, this museum is quaint and small. The museum employee was very kind, helpful and knowledgable about the questions we asked. I would defiantly recommend this as a place for tourists or visitors to start when wanting to explore the history of Laredo.

Visited November 2013
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Carlsbad, New Mexico
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“Small yet informative”
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).

Visited September 2012
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