Star of the Republic Museum State Historic Site

23200 Park Rd. 12
Washington, TX 77880

936-878-2214

star-museum@thc.texas.gov


For ten years, from 1836 to 1846, the Republic of Texas proudly but precariously existed as a separate and unique nation.


Mission

The Star of the Republic Museum was created by the Texas Legislature and is administered by the Texas Historical Commission as a cultural and educational institution. Its purpose is to collect and preserve the material culture of the Texas Republic (1836-1846) and to interpret the history, cultures, diversity, and values of early Texans. The Museum strives to inspire interest, understanding and appreciation of Texas heritage for students, teachers, scholars, and the general public through exhibits, tours, programs, web activities, and outreach.

Accreditation

Since 1972, the Star of the Republic Museum at Washington-on-the-Brazos has held the highest honor a museum can receive: accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), being one of the first museums in the state and nation to be so designated. Accreditation certifies that a museum operates according to standards set forth by the museum profession, manages its collections responsibly and provides quality service to the public. Of the nearly 8,500 museums nationwide, approximately 800 are accredited. AAM is based in Washington, D.C. and has served the museum profession since 1906. The Museum was re-accredited in 2010.

Museum History

In 1965, when Gus Mutscher was a State Representative from Washington County, he introduced a bill appropriating $800,000 for construction of a “Worthy Museum, at the Birthplace of Texas that would be a Star upon a Star.” In 1969, Speaker of the House Mutscher, sponsored HB 634 of the Sixty-first Texas Legislature transferring ownership of the museum to Blinn College and appropriating an annual operating budget. The museum was dedicated and formally opened on March 1, 1970. It is the only museum in the state created by the Legislature for the exclusive purpose of interpreting the republic period of Texas history and its material culture.

Museum Newsletter

The Museum publishes a quarterly newsletter, Notes; available free of charge, upon request. Check it out for the latest information about what's happening at the Museum or for interesting tidbits about life in the Republic of Texas. To subscribe, please send your email address to star@blinn.edu. To download the most recent issue, click here.

Upcoming Events

May 16

Runaway Scrape Escape Room

After his victory at the Alamo, Santa Anna and his army are on their way, you must quickly determine what to take on your journey and make your way to safety with the help of your friends and family.

This is the Runaway Scrape Escape, the...

May 16

Hands-On-History Mom Cutouts

Join us on May 16th and make your mom a card! We'll have cutouts that you can dress and personalize to celebrate the special woman in your life.

The activity is free with paid admission and will be from 11-4 pm or until supplies run out...

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