Stories of Houston
Tour authentically restored buildings that span the city's history from before statehood to the oil boom of the early 20th century. See furnishings that reflect the lifestyles and cultural influences of Houston's earliest residents. Enjoy fun, family-friendly activities for learning about the growth and development of the city. Hear experts tell the stories of the people who came to Houston seeking new opportunities. Experience Houston's history through exhibitions about the city's diverse population. Celebrate Houston here!
Wed., May 17–Sat. August 4, 2018
10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Tues.–Sat.
Admission: $5 for adults, $2 children 5–18
This amazing, never-before exhibited archeology collection has received new life with modern conservation treatments and has been researched by experts in munitions. The result of this year-long project is to educate visitors about Houston’s role as a port city in the Civil War, to discover what happened to these artifacts once abandoned in the bayou, and to learn about the techniques used to conserve artifacts left underwater for decades.
The Chicken Ranch
Thursday, August 16, 2018
Free for members, $5 for non-members
Join us as Jayme Blaschke delivers a fascinating, revelatory view of the Chicken Ranch that illuminates the truth and lies that surround this iconic brothel. This should be an interesting lecture, don't miss it.
Specialty Tours at
First and Third Fridays
11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Meet in the Museum Gallery
Every Friday a costumed docent will give you a tour about life in Austin's Colony. The tour focuses on the hardships of daily life in the early 1820s. A costumed interpreter explains and demonstrates important facets of textile production on the frontier - spinning, dyeing, and weaving in addition to the regular domestic activities of that era. Other areas being addressed include building construction methods and tools, the empressario system of colonization in Texas, and land grants.
The Heritage Society produces videos on all aspects of Houston and Texas history. They range from feature length documentaries to short history Slices. The award-winning Birth of Texas Series has appeared on PBS and HISD-TV and is utilized in over 80 schools districts around the state. You may purchase DVD copies of the feature films through this website, and learn more about our fascinating history on our YouTube Channel. visit our YouTube channel. Purchase now!