Visitors to Sam Rayburn House State Historic Site walk in the Rayburn family’s footsteps while exploring the life and home of Sam Rayburn. All tours of the house and grounds are guided and begin with the house museum. Tours include the downstairs and the upstairs rooms of Rayburn’s home as well as the site grounds and outbuildings. Visitors can go inside Rayburn’s garage to view his 1947 Cadillac. Other buildings on the tour are viewed from the outside. We recommend allowing 30 minutes to an hour to tour the site completely.
Visitor parking is available on site at the entrance/visitors center.
Visitors enter and exit the museum grounds through the visitors center, and tours start and end there as well. The visitors center offers free brochures and information about the site and surrounding area, as well as the Texas Historical Commission’s other state historic sites. A museum shop is also located in the visitors center with books, novelty pencils, and postcards for purchase. There is a free gallery where visitors can view the latest exhibit on Rayburn. Exhibits change once or twice a year.
Group & School Tours
If you have a group of eight or more people or would like to book a school tour, please make a reservation at least two weeks in advance by submitting a tour reservation form. Guided school tours are offered Tuesday through Friday, and we recommend that you book spring school tours in the fall.
We offer the following educational materials as an introduction or follow-up to your Sam Rayburn House visit:
Wheelchair-accessible parking and restrooms are available on site. The visitors center is wheelchair accessible, and the front porch and first floor of the house museum are wheelchair accessible, but may be limited to smaller wheelchairs. The second floor of the house is not wheelchair accessible. The grounds are well-manicured grass with some gravel and dirt areas; there are no sidewalks. The garage that houses Rayburn’s 1947 Cadillac is wheelchair accessible but must be accessed from the lawn. Visitors who cannot take the full tour can view a PowerPoint presentation of the tour in the comfort of the visitors center.
Food and drinks are not available on site. There is a designated picnic area with picnic tables for visitors who wish to bring food. Food and drink are not allowed inside any of the buildings or on the tour grounds, except for special events. Restrooms are located in the visitors center.
While you're in the area, visit these nearby sites:
The Sam Rayburn Library and Museum, 800 W. Sam Rayburn Dr., 903-583-2455
Bonham State Park, 1363 State Park 24, 903-583-5022
Fannin County Museum of History, 1 N. Main St., 903-583-8042
Fort Inglish Village, State Hwy 56, 903-583-3943
For additional travel and history information, see the following resources: