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The Bryan Museum, Galveston

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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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  • Abundant artifacts ranging from old west to Spanish conquest to San Jacinto to orphans. 3 floors to explore.  more »
  • Open Thursday-Monday, 11-4pm, and housed in a completely and beautifully restored orphanage, this 70,000 piece private collection has room after room of amazing papers, artifacts and art. Guests are g...  more »
  • We learned of the Bryan Museum on the way down to Galveston. It's located in the former children's home and contains a mixed collection of artifacts related to Western expansion of the United States. ...  more »
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  • 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of historical pieces including and definitely not limited to saddles, artwork, weapons of various periods and official historical documents are just wonderful.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.