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Museum of the Big Bend, Alpine

Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
Inspirock Rating:
4.6/5 based on 220+ 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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  • Note: Museum closed on Mondays! Entrance free! Staff friendly, interested and knowledgeable. Displays were great going from prehistoric times to present. Extensive displays on the historical period. W...  read more »
  • I loved this small, and free, museum! I think I spent about an hour and a half total. Great info on the entire Big Bend region and really well presented. Great for kids and adults! 
  • Located on the campus of Sul Ross University, home of the Lobos. A "medium sized" museum, the displays are well thought out. Excellent gift shop. Covers geological, animal life, plant life and history...  read more »
  • 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
  • Great overview of the Big Bend. Very modern, organized, and tight. You can see it in 30 minutes to an hour and really understand the region. Well worth the visit
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