Star of the Republic Museum
P.O. Box 317
Washington, Texas 77880
Physical address: 23200 Park Road 12
(936) 878-2462 Fax
From Brenham take Hwy. 105 east 14 miles, turn right on FM 912 to Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historical Park.
From Navasota take Hwy 105 west 7 miles, turn left on FM 1155 to Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historical Park.
About the Museum
The Museum is a two-story contemporary building, the first level of which is in the shape of a five-pointed Texas star, and is faced with native limestone. The pentagon-shaped second level is reached by a gradual rising circular ramp from the first level, and is also accessible via elevator. A large observation deck off the second floor provides views of the surrounding Park.
Through 10,000 square feet of new exhibits, audio-visual presentations, and educational programs, the Museum presents the experiences of ordinary Texans and extraordinary events. The exhibits emphasize social and cultural history, as well as military and political events. Primary memoir accounts are used as much as possible to let the people of the Republic tell their story "in their own words." Exhibits are designed to interpret interesting and significant artifacts with photographs, graphics, contextual material, and text labels. The interpretation of the artifacts also includes the social context of the objects, illustrating the people and values from which they were produced. In addition, seasonal exhibitions, special events, and interpretive demonstrations illustrating early 19th century life are regularly scheduled.
The Showers Brown Discovery Center incorporates hands-on educational activities to help visitors make a personal connection with the past. Interactive exhibits and displays in this area change frequently to encourage multiple visits.
The Museum is open to the public seven days a week, from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
It is closed on Thanksgiving Day, and from December 23 through January 1.