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Star of the Republic Museum

Immerse yourself in the rich history of the Republic of Texas, a sovereign nation from 1836 to 1846. Explore the Museum’s award-winning exhibition for an unparalleled look at the people, places, and events that shaped the character of the Texas we know today. Enrich the experience with an introductory video highlighting the significance of Washington-on-the-Brazos. Experience early Texas lifestyles in the Showers Brown Discovery Center with hands-on, entertaining activities.

Exhibits on the first floor offer a chronology of the early inhabitants, explorers, and settlers that were drawn to Texas for a variety of reasons. Republic period political and military history is also represented with rare and exclusive artifacts and documents.

The second-floor exhibits delve into the Jacketsocial and cultural heritage of the unique people who came together to create the Republic of Texas. Through their struggles and determination, the fledgling nation grew to become a unique and special place, equaled by no other.

The Star of the Republic Museum was created by the Texas Legislature and is administered by Blinn College as a cultural and educational institution. Its purpose is to collect and preserve the material culture of the Texas Republic from 1836-1846 and to interpret the history, cultures, diversity, and values of early Texans. It is accredited by the American Association of Museums.

The museum is located off Highway 105 between Brenham and Navasota 
on FM 1155 at Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site. 
Operating hours are from 10am–5pm daily.


Star of the Republic Website

Star of the Republic Museum
unveils new-look website!


The Star of the Republic Museum may love Texas history,
but it certainly has no intentions
of allowing its website
to become outdated.

Star of the Republic recently unveiled its fully redesigned website at
Star of the Republic Museum
. The new-look site has been reconfigured
to offer better navigation, improved content and an updated look.

“We wanted to update the look and feel of the site and make it more relevant
to the way people are used to looking for information today.

With the easier navigation and overall look, the site feels fresh and new.”
   - Anne McGaugh, Museum Curator of Education

In addition to general visitor information, the site provides valuable teacher resources, online exhibits and a section specifically for descendants of the signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence. The site also provides all the latest news about museum events and features a searchable database with detailed information about the museum’s collection.

“We really tried to load the site with resources. If you dive into the site, there are lesson plans for teachers and family trees of all the signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence. A lot of people don’t know about the history of the Republic of Texas and we really want to share that and be a go-to resource for information.”
   - Anne McGaugh, Museum Curator of Education



History Fair Dr. Shawn Carlson  
Technology Shines Houston McGaugh    


The Republic of Texas

"Texas is a state of mind. Texas is an obsession.
Above all else, Texas is a nation in every sense of the word."

- John Steinbeck




Texas Heroes

Elizabeth Seibert and Bob Heinonen of "Heroes of History" representing Susanna Dickinson and William Barret Travis at the Star of the Republic Museum's Texas Independence Day Celebration


Star of Republic


Star of the Republic Museum



Star of the Republic Museum





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