Texas Best Museums

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The Alamo
Alamo Plaza
San Antonio, Texas
The Alamo was first founded in 1718 as a Spanish mission. In 1836 a group of 188 men died fighting off several thousand Mexican troops in a 13 day siege.
The Texas revolution battle cry “Remember the Alamo” spurred Sam Houston’s troops to victory and Texas Independence at the Battle of San Jacinto near Houston, Texas. Most of the men who died at the Alamo were Honorary Texans, including Davey Crockett and Jim Bowie.

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Johnson Space Center
Nasa Rd 1
Clear Lake, Texas 713-244-2100
Guided tours of this 123 acre facility will give you as close a look at manned space flight as can be had. The facility has seven major attractions including the Mission Status Center, Starship Gallery, Space Shuttle Mock-up, Space Centre Theatre, The Feel of Space and Space Center Plaza.

Texas Best Public Art Museum 

 Kimbell Art Museum
3333 Camp Bowie Blvd.
Ft. Worth, Texas 76107
Philanthropist Kay Kimbell’s collection of 18th century portraits and works by old masters, prehistoric to Picaso.

Old Jail Art Center
Hwy. 6 South Albany, Texas 76430
Permanent art exibit of surprising quality, housed in an 1878 restored county jail. Founded in 1977.

Dallas Museum of Art
1717 N. Harwood
Dallas, Texas
Superb collection of pre Columbian artwork plus major European and American art.

Texas Best Outdoor Sculpture 

Las Colinas
Irving, Texas.
By Robert Glen.
The largest equestrian sculpture in the world. Nine mustangs appear to be splashing through a stream of water at a dead run.

The Trail Drive
Pioneer Plaza
West of Dallas City Hall.
By Robert Summers of Glenrose, Texas.
The world’s largest bronze monument, 450 feet long. Forty Texas Longhorn steers with six foot horn spans being driven by three cowboys on horseback.

Texas Best Indian Pictograph Area 

Concho County
Largest known collection of American Indian pictographs, painted on limestone cliffs.

Hueco Tanks Historical Park
6011 Hueco Tanks Rd.
El Paso, Texas 79938

Texas Best Cowboy Art 

 Amon Carter Museum of Western Art
3501 Camp Bowie Blvd.
Ft. Worth, Texas 76107
American and western art including permanent collections of Remington and Russell.

Cowboy Art Museum
1550 Bandera Hwy.
Kerrville, Texas 78028
Paintings and sculptures by contemporary cowboy artists.

XIT Museum
108 E. 5th
Dalhart, Texas 79022
Memorabilia from the XIT Ranch.

Texas Best Western Art Sculptor, 1996 

 Mac Petty
Aubrey, Texas
Table top western bronze.

J. Payne Lara
404 S. Lasalle
Navasota, Texas 77868
Table top western bronze.

Texas Best Symphony 

 Dallas Symphony
Dallas, Texas 75201
The Symphony’s consistent excellence places it among the nations top 10. 

Morton Myerson Symphony Center
2301 Flora St.
Dallas, Texas
Home of the Dallas symphony, the Center was designed by I.M. Pei with acoustics by Russell Johnson.

Texas Best Movie Studio 

 Studios at Los Colinas
6301 N. O’Connor Blvd.
Irving, Texas 75039
Silkwood, Robocop, and JFK are among the many blockbusters that were made there. The studio tour gives visitors a glimpse of behind the scenes at a working motion picture sound stage.

Texas Best Opera 

 Houston Grand Opera
Houston, Texas
The opera presents 8 to 10 productions each year from October to July. Founded in August 1955, the 72 million dollar Wortham center opened in 1981. The Wortham is one of only four dedicated opera theatres opened since World War II.

Texas Best Theatre In The Round 

 Casa Manana Theatre
3101 Lancaster Ave.
Ft Worth, Texas 76107
One of the nation’s most notable theatres-in-the-round. Housed in a geodesic dome.

Texas Best Bordello Museum 

 Miss Hattie’s Museum
18 E. Concho Street
San Angelo, Texas 76903
The bordello opened for business in 1896 and was closed by the Texas Rangers in 1946. The building has been restored to its original glory with furnishings and is operated as a museum.

The Chicken Ranch (Closed)
LaGrange, Texas
Closed by the state in the 1970s. The movie, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas was made about the Chicken Ranch. The Chicken Ranch was the oldest continiously run brothel in the nation, (1844 to 1973). Privately, I have heard that it is still operating, but its location is a closely guarded secret, especially from consumer affairs broadcasters looking to make a name for themselves.

Texas Best Bordello, Closed

Chicken Ranch
La Grange, Texas
Privately I have heard that it is still out there but its location is a closely guarded secret, especially from do-good newscasters.

Texas Best Children’s Museum 

 Austin Children’s Museum
1501 W. 5th
Austin, Texas 78703
Children can touch, play and climb to their hearts content.

Childrens Museum of Houston
1500 Binz
Houston, Texas 77004
One of the states most innovative museums for kids.

Texas Best Oil Museum 

 Texas Oil Museum
Gregg County, Texas

Texas Best Cowgirl Hall of Fame 

 National Cowgirl Hall of Fame
515 Ave. B
Hereford, Texas 79045
Honors 120 western women. Two day festival in October.

Texas Best Dairy Museum 

 Dairy Museum
1210 Houston St.
Sulphur Springs, Texas
Modern barn style complex tells the story of the dairy industry.

Texas Best Antique Aircraft Museum 

 Confederate Air Force
Midland International Airport
Midland, Texas
The nation’s finest and most complete collection of flying World War II combat aircraft. The Confederate Air Force was founded at Mercedes, Texas in 1951 by Lloyd Nolen with a P-40 Warhawk aircraft.

Texas Best Sports Museum 

 Texas Sports Hall of Fame
1108 S. University Park Dr.
Waco, Texas
Nationally known Texans in sports, in addition to Texas High School Sports.

Texas Best Broadcast Museum 

 National Broadcast Museum
8 Dallas Communications Complex
Irving, Texas 75081
The worlds largest broadcast museum. Exhibits include famous broadcast personalities.

Texas Best Dinosaur Tracks 

 Dinosaur Valley State Park
FM 205
Glenrose, Texas
Named for the 100 million year old tracks found cast in the riverbed rock. tracks are found in 7 locations in the park with 1523 acres on the Paluxy River.

Texas Best Standing Frontier Fort 

 Fort Davis National Historic Site
Hwy 17
Fort Davis, Texas 79734
A 460 acre site with 20 original stone and adobe structures of early Fort Davis. The structures are restored to their 1880 appearance.

Texas Best Indian Reservation 

 Alabama Coushatta Reservation
Livingston, Texas 77351
893 Alabama and Coushatta Indians were on the tribal rolls of this 4593 acre reservation in 1993. The two tribes migrated to Texas about 1763 from Alabama.

Texas Best Windmill Museum 

 National Windmill Museum
Box 46666
Tech Station
Lubbock, Texas 79409.
Opens in 1997

Dutch Windmill Museum
Nederland, Texas

Texas Best Con-Man Museum 

 Billy Sol Estes Museum
503 E. Pearl
Grandburry, Texas
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