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The Bryan Museum, Galveston

Categories: History Museums, Museums
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4.2/5 based on 95+ reviews on the web
The Bryan Museum is located in Galveston, Texas, US. Opened in 2015, the Bryan Museum is focused on the history and art of the American Southwest, and features a collection of historical artifacts, documents, and artwork relating to the Southwestern United States.HistoryAssembled over a lifetime by Mary Jon and J.P. Bryan, the collection spans more than 2,500 years and boasts some 70,000 items. The collection includes ancient Native American cultural artifacts, modern 21st century pieces, rare documents in several languages, saddles and spurs, antique firearms, rare books, fine art, religious art, folk art, portraits, rare maps and more.The museum is located in the former Galveston Orphans Home.
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  • If you are interested in Texas history, this is the place for you. Housed in a restored orphanage, a chronological history of Texas from prior to the early settlers to post Civil War is displayed in a...  read more »
  • Very impressive artifacts and memorabilia about Texas and the people in history who made it the Texas of today. Filled with an amazing array of original artifacts.. Very impressive. 
  • This is a private collection of items relating to the history of Texas. It is laid out nicely and not overly congested. While it had a lot of interesting items on display, it is not the type of museum...  read more »
  • This place is amazing! I was very surprised by the quality of exhibits as most small museums sport a modest collection. The Bryan Museum and Library boast such a comprehensive collection on Texas and Galveston history. Their special exhibit on the white cross was not my particular interest this time, but I have been before when they were stocked with Buffalo soldier pieces for their special exhibit which was interesting. The amount of historical pieces including and definitely not limited to saddles, artwork, weapons of various periods and official historical documents are just wonderful. I highly recommend to take the tour each time you are there as some pieces are still not labeled after a year of it's opening. Both times I've had the tour, the guides have been very knowledgeable and personable. I have enjoyed both of my visits here and plan on going more with other family members as well.
  • I am a private collector of western Texas ephemera and other items. I frequent The Museum of the Big Bend, The Nita Stewart Haley Memorial Library, The Museum of the Southwest, the Harry Ransom Center, etc. and personally know a great number of directors, curators and personnel . The Bryan Museum is as well done and thought out as any in the southwest. The collections, displays and facilities are as world class as any that I have seen across the United States and Mexico. Hats off to Mr. Bryan and his excellent staff at the museum.
  • Terrific museum with interesting Texas and SW US artifacts. Building has an interesting history as an orphanage sine the 1800s. Guides and staff are very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. Looks like some great meeting and event facilities are available.
  • Wow! Such a wonderful experience. Our whole family learned so much. We had a wonderful tour guide who answered questions, and had a great sense of humor. So many things to see and learn, it was almost overwhelming.
  • Tremendous collection, beautiful location but security needs to be toned down. Two armed twenty somethings following you around is a little ridiculous. Event area is perfect.
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