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Historic Brownsville Museum Main Entrance

Historic Brownsville Museum

The Historic Brownsville Museum, since 1986, is located within the former Southern Pacific Railroad Depot built in 1928. The building is a magnificent example of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture and is recognized as a Texas Historic Marker and National Register of Historic Places.

The museum showcases a variety of exhibits that interpret events from Brownsville’s past. These exhibits include information from the earliest military fort in our area to displays of antigue furniture and once common household items.

In 1990, the Mary Yturria Education Center was constructed behind the depot building for providing the community a center for educationional outreach programs, cultural programs, art exhibits and civic events. The center routinely features an art exhibit on display by a local artist.

The Historic Brownsville Museum’s extensive collection features historical artifacts, photography and displays.


Mahogany Bedroom Set

Among the permanent displays at the Historic Brownsville Museum is a hand carved mahogany bedroom set (circa 1850) belonging to Simon Celaya. Mr Celaya, a prominent local businessman who was President and General Manager of the Rio Grande Railroad and also served as the Vice -Consul to Spain for many years.

Education Center :

Education Center

Education Center

If you are seeking a special venue with a historic ambiance, the Mary Yturria Education Center is the perfect setting. The Education center is adjacent to the museum. A quaint courtyard divides the two buildings. The facility is available for rent to host meetings, private receptions or social events.

Rental fee for the room is $950.00. A contract is required and there are guidelines that renters must abide by. Please contact the Historic Brownsville Museum at (956) 548-1313 for more information or to reserve your special date.