Star of the Republic Museum

Plan a visit

Group Requirements To Schedule A Program

Group size: 20 student minimum; not counting underaged siblings or chaperones

Groups over 25 students will be broken into subgroups, which will rotate through scheduled sites.

Due to space constraints, a maximum of 100 students at a time will be allowed at the farm, 50 students at a time will be allowed at the Museum, and 50 students at a time will be allowed at Independence Hall.

Groups of less than 20 students are welcome to visit the facilities on their own, depending on availability, but will not receive a guided program. Public admission fees will apply.

Points To Consider When Planning Your Trip

Programs are offered at three sites within the Park: Star of the Republic Museum, Independence Hall, and Barrington Living History Farm. Students may participate in one program at each site, if time permits.

Star of the Republic Museum, Barrington Living History Farm, and Independence Hall are available for scheduled programs 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday. Reservations are not taken for group programs on weekends.

Teachers and chaperones may be responsible for supervising students during some of the programs.

Time in the Gift Shop can be included in the schedule, however only students who are prepared to shop will be admitted with an adult. A limited number of children will be allowed in the Gift Shop at one time.

No food or drinks are allowed inside the Museum, Visitor's Center, Independence Hall, or Barrington Farm. Backpacks and lunches should be left on the bus. Please help us preserve and protect the integrity of this historic site!

During the summer, tour activities may be modified, and some may be self-guided.

Tours at Barrington Farm are outside. Please wear appropriate clothing and shoes.

Please note: For visitor and staff safety, whenever inclement weather (thunder and lightning) is present, Barrington Farm and Independence Hall will close and remain closed for 30 minutes after the last episode of thunder or lightning. Alternate activities will be planned.

Student Program Fees

For groups meeting the above requirements, the student fee for most tours is $1.00 per site (Star of the Republic Museum, Independence Hall, and Barrington Living History Farm) unless otherwise indicated below.

There is no admission fee to the Visitor Center/Gift Shop or the Townsite Trail. Minimum group fee for students for one site is: $20.

Teachers (up to one per 10 students) and bus drivers (one per bus) FREE.

Chaperones: Adult chaperones will be charged the public fee of $5 for one site or $9 for multiple sites (Brazos Pass). Fees should be paid at the first site the adult visits. Proof of payment will be required at each site.

Please remember that chaperones are expected to assist with supervision of the students. Any adult who interferes with the student program may be asked to leave. Please turn off cell phones!


School Programs Options

#1: Adventures in the Republic

Star of the Republic Museum
1 hour, 20-50 students
PreK-8th Grade
Fee: $1.00 per student

The age-appropriate historical adventure includes a tour on the first floor with a scavenger hunt or a guided explanation of the chronology of early Texas history, and a guided tour on the second floor. Students have the opportunity to view many original artifactsand primary sources from the Republic period of Texas history.


#2: Courage, Convention, and Constitution: The Birth of Texas

Independence Hall
1 hour, 20-50 students
3rd-8th Grade
Fee: $1.00 per student
This program helps school age children discover the role of Washington and the Convention of 1836 in the birth of Texas by use of both a story and question/answer format. It includes a visit to the replica of Independence Hall and the opportunity to sign a copy of the Texas Declaration of Independence.


#3: Walking in the Footsteps of History

Independence Hall
1 hour, 20-50 students
PreK-8th grade
Fee: $1.00 per student
Join us for a walk down Ferry Street in Old Washington to learn more about the sights and sounds of this historic town in the 1840s and 1850s. Program will be adapted for appropriate age group.


#4: A Call to Arms!

Independence Hall
1 hour, 20-50 students
4th-8th grade
Fee: $1.00 per student

This program explores the Texian citizen soldier through primary documents and role play.  The students assume the role of citizens of the town of Washington that joined the Texas army in 1836.


#5: Barrington Encounter: A Glimpse into the Past (new option this year!)

Barrington Living History Farm
1 hour
Fee: $1.00 per student

Barrington Farm is the original 1844 home of Dr. Anson Jones, the last president of the Republic of Texas. The entire group will receive a brief orientation to the farm by staff, after which, students in chaperoned groups will have a chance to go out on site and encounter workers in period clothing doing seasonal chores and activities. The encounter will give a face to the stories of Dr. Jones and his family, as well as general farm life in 1850s Texas. The teacher and chaperones will be responsible for leading the students around the site.

#6: Barrington Experience: Barrington Back Then

Barrington Living History Farm
1.5–2 hours, depending on student age and time restraints
Staff guided
Fee: $1.00 per student

Texas History really comes to life for students at Barrington Living History Farm. Centered around the original 1844 home of Dr. Anson Jones, the experience will include hands-on activities that will vary with the season and the weather. Activities may include feeding chickens, washing laundry, playing with period toys or even helping with gardening and field work. Guides dressed in period clothing will tell the story of "Barrington Back Then" while leading students through the site.

#7: Townsite Trail Time

Washington Townsite
30 minutes, any number of students
Any grade level
Fee: no charge

What did the town of Washington look like in the 1840’s? What happened to it since then? This self-guided tour option adds another dimension to a visit to Washington-on-the-Brazos. 

#8: Native Americans in Texas Program (November only)

Star of the Republic Museum
45 minutes
Pre-K through 2nd Grade
Fee: $1.00 per student

During the month of November, the Star of the Republic Museum offers an expanded, interactive Native American Program. The program is offered for a minimum of 20 students.

#9: Home School Days (Every Thursday in October)

Star of the Republic Museum & Barrington Living History Farm
10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 
Fee: $8/child, $6/Adult
No minimum group size required 
Lunch not provided; picnics welcome!

The Star of the Republic Museum and Barrington Living History Farm are pleased to present a program about childhood during the Republic period of Texas history, specifically for home school families. The interactive program will include hands-on activities. CALL 936-878-2461, ext. 245 TO MAKE A RESERVATION. Pre-payment required.



Making Reservations

School tour requests must be made at least 2 weeks prior to your visit.

The size of your group and your choice of program may affect availability.

It is important for you to be on time for your scheduled program! Consider travel time to Washington-on-the-Brazos. Please allow time for bathroom breaks, paying admission fees, and checking in at each site prior to the scheduled program time. Large school groups visiting multiple sites at the same time should have all students at their assigned site at the scheduled time. Late arriving groups will be kept on assigned schedule, thus forfeiting a portion of their program.

Scheduled time may include allowances for travel from site to site.

Picnic area is available for lunch (free of charge) or pavilions may be reserved at a reduced rate for schools (to reserve, call 512-389-8900).

Certain time slots fill very quickly, so you are encouraged to make reservations as early as possible.

Please note that an inquiry into date availability does NOT constitute a reservation.

Call 936-878-2461, ext.245 or email to ask questions.

Before requesting a tour, you must know the following information:

Teacher/contact person name, name and mailing address for school, phone and fax number and e-mail address

Best time to reach teacher during the day

Number of students and grade level

Desired programs

Requested dates and time-- be prepared with 2-3 alternate dates and times, in case your first choice is not available.

To make a field trip reservation, simply submit a Tour Request Form online. Once it has been submitted, the museum will contact the teacher to finalize and confirm the request. If you do not get a response, check your "junk mail" folder to be sure it did not get filtered as "junk." BE SURE YOUR SCHOOL ALLOWS YOU TO RECEIVE EMAILS FROM OUTSIDE SOURCES. If not, you may want to use your personal email address.

NOTE: Tour booking for the 2016-2017 school year opens September 1, 2016. Requests submitted prior to that date will NOT be accepted. Reservations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis, to the best of our ability. Telephone requests before that date will not be considered. Please understand that many schools submit requests during this period to secure desired dates. Leaving a voice-mail message does not guarantee date availability. Also, please note that no school tour reservations will be taken for Thursdays in October, due to conflict with another program.

Once Your School Tour Is Booked

You will receive a pre-confirmation email informing you that your school group has been placed on the calendar.

Three to four weeks before your visit, you will receive another email which will contain a schedule and a CONFIRMATION CONTRACT to sign and return, confirming your tour date. Failure to return it may jeopardize your reservation.

You may download our TEACHER PACKET with information to facilitate your visit—including maps, brochures, and points to remember. Please share the information, including the schedule, with ALL teachers and chaperones who will be participating in the field trip! NO PACKETS WILL BE SENT IN THE U. S. MAIL!

If you do not specify which program you would like at Independence Hall when your tour is booked, the choice will be made by the staff. Every effort will be made to honor your request.

NOTE: times when you receive materials may vary based on how far in advance tours are reserved.

Pay upon arrival with cash or check for exact amount. One method of payment must be used for entire group. (No refunds for checks on day of visit). Credit cards also accepted (Visa, MasterCard or Discover).


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