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!
Thurs., August 16—Sat., Nov. 24, 2018
10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Tues.–Sat.
Admission: $5 for adults, $2 children 5–18
South and North of the Border: Houston Paints Houston brings together more than 60 works created over 130 years to showcase the re-visioning of Houston through the eyes and works of Houston’s own artists who helped create the modern city in which we live.
This exhibition is half of a joint project with the umbrella title South and North of the Border, to be mounted in conjunction with the Ideson Gallery of Houston Public Library, where Houston Paints Mexico will explore how our artists helped create our understanding of our closest, and in many ways, most important neighbor. The two shows together are corner stones of the Festival of Earlier Houston Art taking place in institutions and galleries all over Houston during the fall of 2018.
Noon Lecture-Houston Hispanics and the Vietnam War by Jesse Esparza
Thursday, September 20, 2018
Free for members, $5 for non-members
The Vietnam War is considered one of the most controversial and polarizing wars in U.S. history. A product of the Cold War, this conflict would see some 540,000 troops deployed and more than 58,000 American soldiers dead. Among those deployed were 170,000 Mexican Americans. The Latino trooper was typically in his early 20's, single, working-class, and highly under-educated. Mexican Americans across the nation, in fact, lived in neighborhoods with aging infrastructure, declining property values, and rising poverty levels. Despite that, Mexican Americans answered the call to duty receiving high honors for their valor in battle. Join us for the Noon Lecture and learn about the untold stories of Mexican Americans involvement in the Vietnam War.
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!