Texas Museum

Find Texas museums, such as art museums and galleries, childrens museums, natural history museums, science centers and discovery museums. Museums provide exhibits related to modern and fine arts, history, science and nature, dinosaurs, engineering and more.

Museums by County

Anderson County Angelina County Aransas County Armstrong County Atascosa County Bandera County Bastrop County Baylor County Bee County Bell County Bexar County Blanco County Bosque County Bowie County Brazoria County Brazos County Brewster County Brooks County Brown County Burleson County Burnet County Caldwell County Calhoun County Callahan County Cameron County Camp County Carson County Cass County Castro County Childress County Clay County Cochran County Coleman County Collin County Collingsworth County Colorado County Comal County Comanche County Cooke County Coryell County Cottle County Crosby County Dallam County Dallas County Dawson County DeWitt County Deaf Smith County Delta County Denton County Donley County Duval County Eastland County Ector County El Paso County Ellis County Erath County Fannin County Fayette County Floyd County Foard County Fort Bend County Franklin County Freestone County Gaines County Galveston County Garza County Gillespie County Goliad County Gonzales County Gray County Grayson County Gregg County Guadalupe County Hale County Hall County Hamilton County Hansford County Hardeman County Hardin County Harris County Harrison County Hays County Hemphill County Hidalgo County Hill County Hood County Hopkins County Houston County Howard County Hunt County Hutchinson County Irion County Jack County Jackson County Jasper County Jefferson County Jim Wells County Johnson County Jones County Karnes County Kaufman County Kendall County Kenedy County Kerr County Kimble County Kleberg County Knox County La Salle County Lamar County Lamb County Lampasas County Lavaca County Lee County Liberty County Limestone County Live Oak County Llano County Lubbock County Madison County Marion County Martin County Mason County Matagorda County Maverick County McLennan County Midland County Milam County Mills County Mitchell County Montague County Montgomery County Moore County Nacogdoches County Navarro County Nolan County Nueces County Ochiltree County Orange County Palo Pinto County Panola County Parker County Pecos County Polk County Potter County Presidio County Rains County Randall County Real County Reeves County Refugio County Roberts County Robertson County Rockwall County Runnels County Rusk County Sabine County San Patricio County Scurry County Shackelford County Shelby County Sherman County Smith County Somervell County Stephens County Sutton County Swisher County Tarrant County Taylor County Terry County Tom Green County Travis County Trinity County Tyler County Upshur County Upton County Uvalde County Val Verde County Van Zandt County Victoria County Walker County Waller County Ward County Washington County Webb County Wharton County Wheeler County Wichita County Wilbarger County Willacy County Williamson County Wise County Wood County Yoakum County Young County Zapata County

What is a Museum?

A Museum is a collection of scientific, historical, cultural, or artistic artifacts, specimens, and objects, usually housed within a single building or campus, which is used for research and public education. A Museum's collection is both a reflection of prior research efforts and the subject of current and future research. A Museum also makes its collection and research accessible to the public, at least in part, through exhibits and educational programs. Museums and their collections may be focused on any one of a vast array of disciplines. Museums can serve relatively narrow fields of interest or cover a wide terrain of subject matter. The range of possible Museum types is virtually limitless, but most encompass some aspect of science, culture, or history.

Museums of Natural History, which are often found in large metropolitan centers, own massive collections of specimens and items from the natural world, including living and extinct animals and plants, as well as geological objects such as rocks and minerals. Many also collect and display anthropological and archaeological artifacts. Much of the collection of a Museum of Natural History may not be on display.

Art Museums display works of art in galleries that may be devoted to a diverse range of artists and art genres from various eras, or an Art Museum may focus on specific artists or styles. Art Museums require substantial amounts of funding to both acquire and care for their costly collections.

History Museums are dedicated to preserving and teaching about the past, and may focus on a particular historical event or movement, the history of a region or locality, or an individual of historical significance. Historical Museums may be very small. For example, many local Historical Societies run History Museums that are essentially a historical home or site converted into a Museum for public viewing. Others may be large and consist of multiple buildings from a historic era, restored and furnished with period pieces.

Children's Museums cover a wide range of subject matters, including scientific, historical, and cultural topics, and they are designed to engage the interest and curiosity of children. Exhibits are oriented toward young learners and are far more interactive than other Museums.

Specialty Museums are Museums dedicated to narrowly defined topics of interest. They include Halls of Fame, Toy Museums, Textile Museums, and Wax Museums.