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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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  • How is this place not better publicized.? I'd rate it, instantly, as one of my five favorite museums in the U.S. The building itself is a work of art, and the historical Western artifacts are excellen...  more »
  • This was a nice museum with a lot of historical items. We enjoyed looking at the items. Do not lean on or touch the exhibit cases! It also had a nice gift shop.  more »
  • This historic building (a former orphanage) houses an impressive collection of Texas history and Western artifacts. The introductory video gives a concise overview, the docents are quite knowledgeable...  more »
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  • Incredible! It is on my list of "must see" for anyone that comes to the area. Our only complaint is the hours are hard to work in as the are a bit short, but otherwise it's all amazing. A tip for visiting...check tour times and go appropriately, we missed the first 30 minutes of the tour and were disappointed we didn't plan ahead as the tour guide was fun and extremely knowledgeable. :)
  • Great collection of artifacts from Texas history all owned by one person: Stephen F Austin's sister's great grandson. For real! Great staff walking around and providing information to you! Great outdoor area. Also they have iPads all over for viewing the artifacts and reading a whole page about it and viewing the zoomed in picture of it. Great museum!!
  • We went with a tour group through this museum and learned a lot more about Texas History. There is a wealth of artifacts here, beautifully​ restored home and our Docent was able to answer every question.
  • 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.
  • Nice collections. Excessive staff. Bad in this day and age not to allow photos.