Star of the Republic Museum

2018-2019 Calendar of Events

A variety of special events and activities are planned throughout the year at the Star of the Republic Museum and Washington-on-the-Brazos. The following descriptions provide a glimpse of the many ways visitors can step back in time and experience early 19th century Texas. For additional information on these or other activities, please contact the museum at 936-878-2461. Check back often as more events will be added to the calendar as information becomes available!

Temporary Exhibit: "So Others Could Follow: Four Centuries of Maps that Define Texas," Visit Now!

The Star of the Republic Museum presents, “So Others Could Follow: Four Centuries of Maps that Define Texas,” beginning March 3, 2018. This exhibit explores how, without maps, we would not be able to envision the shape of Texas, something which has now become so distinct. Using maps from the Museum's collection, the story of how early explorers created, what features these individuals thought it was important to show, and how that changed over time. The exhibit features a 1561 map by Girolamo Ruscelli and John Senex's 1721 map, as well as others.

Runaway Scrape Escape, Accepting Reservations Now!

After his victory at the Alamo, Santa Anna and his army are on their way, you must quickly determine what to take on your journey and make your way to safety with the help of your friends and family.

This is the Runaway Scrape Escape, the newest program at the Star of the Republic Museum. Guests, ages 10 and up, must use teamwork and problem solving skills to decipher puzzles and riddles in order to get out of the room in the 45-minute time limit. This is a perfect activity for families, groups of friends, and Texas History buffs!

To make a reservation, please fill out this form, there is an eight-person limit per time slot. Time slots start at 10:00am, for every hour, with the last one being at 3:00pm. No guests under the age of 10 will be allowed in the room. Walk-ups are allowed, but we cannot guarantee any time slots will be available.

$15 for adults, $13 for students, includes admission to the Museum.
$10 for Blinn employees and students
Brazos Pass and the escape room--$19 for adults and $16 for students (includes admission to the Museum, Barrington Living History Farm, and Independence Hall)

The program will be held the third Saturday of each month.
Dec. 15
Jan. 19
Feb. 16
March 16
April 20
May 18

For more information on the Runaway Scrape Escape, call 936-878-2461 or email Lisa Berg, Curator of Education.

Hands-on History, Saturdays

On the third Saturday of the month through May and then every Saturday from June-August, the museum will offer a hands-on craft activity for children, free of charge. The craft will be available throughout the day, as long as supplies last.
Dec. 15:   Buzz Saws
Jan. 19:   Embroidery
Feb. 16:   "Tin" Punching
Mar. 16:   Quilting
Apr. 20:    Wendt Eggs
May 18:    Mom Cutouts

Christmas on the Brazos, December 8, 4:30pm to 8pm

Walk the candlelit paths at Barrington Farm and experience a Texas Christmas in the decade before the Civil War. Discover the origins of some of our favorite Holiday traditions as costumed interpreters bring to life the festivities of the season with musket-fire, music, dancing and more! Tour the historic home of the last President of the Republic, Dr. Anson Jones, as the family enjoys their Christmas gathering. Visit the farm's quarters to hear how the enslaved at Barrington celebrated the season. Shop for unique Texas gifts in the Park Gift Shop, sip a hot cup of cider, cozy up to the fire and begin your Holiday season with Texas State Parks! Contact Barb King at 936-878-2214 x246.

$10 for adults, $5 for student, $25 for Family (2 adults, up to 5 students).

Tickets sold the nights of the event at the Washington-on-the-Brazos Visitor Center between 4:30pm and 8pm.

Star of the Republic Museum will have hands-on Christmas Crafts (with the cost of admission) from 10am to 6pm.

For more information, visit

Living History Saturday featuring Surveying the Republic, January 19, 10am-4:30pm

This living history program will focus on how land surveying was done in the 1800s. Surveying was instrumental in shaping how The Republic of Texas, and eventually the state of Texas, looked on paper. This program will be held at Washington on the Brazos State Historic Site's Independence Hall and presented by Henry Mayo. He will demonstrate and answer questions about how surveying equipment was used in the 19th century. Visitors will be given the opportunity to try their hand at surveying, using the equipment or reproductions from the time period. Mayo has lived in the Brazos Valley his whole life. He grew up working for his father's surveying and engineering copmpany, Joe Orr, Inc, which he leads today. He is known for his living history and surveying presentations as well as being an active member of the Surveyors Historical Society. Mayo has also a co-author of a book about one of the first county surveyors of Brazos County.