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Museum of the Big Bend, Alpine

(4.6/5 based on 240+ reviews on the web)
The Mission of the Museum of the Big Bend, a Department of Sul Ross State University, is to serve and educate the public by collecting, preserving, exhibiting and interpreting the cultural, historic and natural materials that related to the prehistory, history and cultural diversity of the Big Bend region of Texas and Mexico.
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  • I had already seen good reviews of Museum of the Big Bend but was still pleasantly surprised to experience the exhibits first hand. From the outside you can't really tell how big a space the museum is...  more »
  • (Warning: young adults from Central Florida in for vacation) After a great week at BBNP, we entered a rainy weekend in Alpine. The Museum was indoors, nearby, and free (donations welcome)… yet it far ...  more »
  • Nice museum in this great town. Very interesting displays showing the history of the region. The museum should not take over an hour to,see,everything. Go downstairs to view the old maps. This is defi...  more »
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  • If you are an Old West enthusiast, this museum is worth a trip across country. There is always something new to see and learn in the museum. At the very least, follow them on Facebook for a frequent peek at items in their collection. A nice Web presence for teachers to use.
  • This museum is absolutely beautiful and tells the story of the big bend and why is it such a popular and well loved destination. The staff is so attentive and well informed that everything you see comes alive. The traveling exhibits are fabulous and a surprise in such a remote area. What a treasure the Museum of the Big Bend is. The gift shop has the most unique items, from upscale to children's, in the entire area. This is a must see for the entire family.
  • Small but excellent museum charting the Big Bend area's history. Featuring exhibits and information videos spanning from the region's geology, to its history in the Indian Wars, the infamous 'Camel Troopers', and even its role in the economics of World War 1, the museum is worth taking a couple of hours out of your schedule to visit.
  • Well, the people who work in the giftshop are morons. I asked if I could get a discount to buy 5 walking sticks. They said no. They wouldn't give me any sort of discount and acted as if the question was preposterous. One of the sticks had some cracks I asked about that they said no. I inquired about their return policy they said they couldn't do it unless I paid cash because they can't figure out how to void it or whatever. Pretty absurd. Then, they locked me out at 10 of the closing time and the woman knowing I was going to check out left the front desk and we had to wait for someone else to come to make the purchase. I wound up having to go to an ATM to get cash to make the purchase so I'd have the option of returning one of the sticks... but of course they took the cash but still charged full tax.
  • My family ran a cow/calf operation on both sides of the river prior to the establishment of the national park. Your museum brought back many memories of stories as passed on down from my grandparents generation. Thank you so very much. Johnson/Steubing ranch , OS brand