During this time, the exhibitions shown in the museum began to transition from traveling exhibits to those produced by the staff in-house, created in the museum with items from the collection and objects borrowed from other museums or individuals.
These exhibits, which addressed a variety of topics, allowed the museum to gain visitor interest. Also, during the production of some of these exhibits, money was set aside for purchasing new artifacts to enhance the exhibit, which further expanded the museum’s collection.
Several of the exhibits produced during this time stood out above the rest. For the 150th anniversary of the Republic, the museum designed an exhibit featuring information about the signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence. Another of the memorable exhibits during this decade featured the “Come and Take It” cannon that prompted the battle of Gonzales.
The hard work and dedication to producing quality exhibits was rewarded when one of the museum’s exhibits, The Code of Honor: Dueling in America, won the Texas Historical Commission’s Outstanding Interpretive Exhibit award in 1985.