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!
Dumped and Forgotten Below the Milam Street Bridge Exhibition
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.
Re-examining Confederate Monuments in Texas
by Ron Goodwin
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Free for members, $5 for non-members
A discussion of Confederate monuments as symbols that continue to divide our country. Dr. Ron Goodwin of Prairie View A&M University explores the Lost Cause mythology behind these statues and the groups who erected them. While these monuments may honor individuals who possessed characteristics of honor and loyalty in the eyes of some, they continue to be a constant reminder of the efforts to protect slavery and the damage done to political and social institutions in the views of others.
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!