Get a Sneak Peek at San Felipe de Austin’s Upcoming Museum

The front elevation of the museum building.San Felipe de Austin, a town founded by Stephen F. Austin in 1823, played a pivotal role in events leading up to the Texas Revolution, yet this story is not nearly as well-known or understood as others in the chronicles of Texas history, including the Alamo and San Jacinto.

To increase public understanding of the town’s history and significance, the THC is developing a new museum and visitor amenities at San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site, including a welcome/orientation center, exhibits, map plaza, outdoor interpretation, and educational programs focused on the site’s history and archeology.

The framing of the museum is proceeding at a rapid pace, with substantial completion projected for October. Visit San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site later this spring for special programs that include hard hat tours of the construction site. Until then, check out the photo gallery below for a sneak peek at the progress of the new museum so far. Learn how you can help bring this important chapter of Texas history to life by visiting the Friends of the Texas Historical Commission.

San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site is located in south-central Texas, approximately 50 miles west of Houston. The site is part of the Texas Independence Trail Region.

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Photo Gallery

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  • The front elevation of the museum building.


What a treasure this will be. Right on I-10, a significant site that will finally get the recognition and interpretation needed. Outstanding.

Fantastic to see this progress. Congratulations to Bryan and his staff and Glenn and Ellen!

Can't wait to visit this history museum and learn more about the first citizens of the Republic of Texas and my ancestor. See you next Spring.exm4x

Brian, you and I spoke when I was there at San Felipe with the Archaeology 101 Academy. You helped me with info on my 4th ggramdfather Micajah Byrd.
The sfaold300 website is busted and has no email address or phone number for anyone, much less anything specific on Byrd Descendents. Can you give me an email or phone number for anyone I could contact for initial info?
Thanks much
Hope the museum is coming along well. Y’all are doing an outstanding job so far.

Is the Museum at a point where it can be visited now?

It is! The grand opening ceremony was last Friday, April 27, 2018. Come see us!

Until then, check out this behind-the-scenes walkthrough video that took place less than an hour before the grand opening.

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