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Star of the Republic Museum

Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site
Washington, TX
Phone: 936-878-2461 - Tty: - 

Statement of Purpose

An educational institution, the Star of the Republic Museum interprets the history of the Republic of Texas and its influences. Interpretation is conducted through exhibits, school and group programs, media programs, and community programs. The Museum collects and preserves artifacts to implement the programs and extensively researches to ensure authenticity of the collections and presentation.

Highlights & Collections

The Star of the Republic Museum depicts the Texas Republic Period (1836-1846) through modern exhibits, audio-visual presentations, and educational programs. Seasonal exhibitions, special events, and interpretive demonstrations are also regularly scheduled throughout the year.

Among the many other notable artifacts, the Star of the Republic Museum exhibits a 9 foot painting of the reading of the Texas Declaration of Independence which was painted in 1936 by renown Texas artist, Charles Normann; a Lone Star flag dating to 1842; numerous documents and maps of the Texas Republic; and various pieces of Texana culture.

Exhibits & Special Events

Name: Texas Independence Day Celebration

   * Date: weekend closest to March 2nd.
   * Describe: A celebration commemorating the signing of the Texas Declaration of Independence. This event is held in conjunction with
     Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site. Many craft demonstrators and re-enactors are located throughout the park and museum
     to help the public become aware of, not only 19th century life, but particularly life within the Texas Republic.


The Star of the Republic Museum is open daily, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
Closed Thanksgiving Day and from Christmas Eve through New Years Day.

Admission & Directions:

* $5.00/adult
* $3.00/student
* Please call in at least two weeks in advance for group and school tour reservations/rates.

The Star of the Republic Museum is located in rural Texas, between Brenham and Navasota off Texas Highway 105. The museum is also approximately 30
miles from College Station, Texas, home of Texas A&M University.

Key Personnel:

   * Houston McGaugh, Director
   * Shawn Carlson-Curator of Exhibits
   * Anne Simms McGaugh-Curator of Education

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