SITES TO VISIT
A visit to the museum provides an overview of the Texas Republic period, beginning with a twenty minute film entitled, "Once a Nation." Following the video, visitors can browse through the museum's exhibits to learn about the social, political, and economic history of early Texas.Over 1,000 artifacts are on display throughout our two floors of exhibits. The Pioneer Playroom provides hands-on activities for children of all ages! Please allow at least 1 hour to see everything. Hand-held audio tour devices are also available at no charge.The museum is open daily 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve through New Year's Day.
Visitors will have an opportunity to experience life in early Texas with a tour of Barrington Living History Farm, home of Anson Jones, last President of the Republic of Texas. Discover the sights, sounds and smells of life on a small cotton plantation in 1850. Try your hand at activities around the farm such as plowing, feeding the chickens, working in the garden, cooking on an open hearth or picking cotton. Life at Barrington changes with the seasons, so you will always find something new! Self-guided, approximately 1 hour allotted to see everything.The farm is open daily 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Please note: For visitor and staff safety, whenever inclement weather (thunder and lightning) is present, Barrington Farm will close and remain closed for 30 minutes after the last episode of thunder or lightning.
With a guided tour of Independence Hall, visitors will learn about the beginnings of the Republic of Texas, the convention of the provisional government of 1836, and the Texas Declaration of Independence.Tours leave from the back doors inside of the Visitor Center and progress to a replica of Independence Hall on the old Washington Townsite. Tours last approximately 40 minutes and involve walking about 100 yards. Seating is available inside Independence Hall and the building is wheelchair accessible. Hand-held audio tour devices are also available.
Independence Hall/Townsite Public Tour Times:
Weekdays: Tours for the general public are offered at 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m. unless scheduled groups of 20 or more persons are touring at those times. Visitors may call ahead (936-878-2214 ext. 222) and check with the Visitor Center, or inquire upon arrival, regarding the availability of public tours for that day. No reservations are necessary for public tours.
Weekends: 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m.
The Visitor Center is an excellent place to begin a tour of Washington-on-the-Brazos. This location provides restrooms, a gift shop, a comprehensive display explaining the various park sites and their historical significance, as well as the opportunity to buy tickets to any and all of the park's three sites. The Gift Shop offers a wide range of Texas-themed items and keepsakes. No fee is required to enter the Visitor Center. The Visitor Center and Gift Shop are open daily 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Tickets for the GENERAL PUBLIC may be purchased at individual sites, or at the Visitor Center. Reservations not required. Visitors desiring tickets to multiple sites may want to purchase a Brazos Pass for all sites:
Single site ticket: (admission to one of the above named sites):
Adult : $5.00
Student/children over age 6: $3.00
Family : $15.00-Includes 2 adults and up to 5 students
(Children age 6 and under are admitted free)
Brazos Pass: (unlimited admission to all 3 sites, for one day only):
Family: $27.00-Includes 2 adults and up to 5 students
(Children age 6 and under are admitted free)
Adult Group Tour Discount Rates: (Available Monday-Friday for groups of 20 or more adults):
RESERVATIONS REQUIRED and MUST BE MADE AT LEAST 2 WEEKS IN ADVANCE.
The group must stay together as schedule indicates. Groups of less than 20 will be charged general public admission fees (see above). Groups of more than 50 may be divided into subgroups due to space limitations.
There are no group rates available on the weekend.
One site: $4.00
Two sites: $4.00
Three sites: $6.00
TO MAKE A RESERVATION FOR A SCHOOL FIELD TRIP, PLEASE REFER TO THE TEACHER INFO ON THIS WEBSITE.
To make a reservation for an ADULT TOUR GROUP with 20 or more participants, simply fill out the Tour Request Form online. Once it has been submitted, the museum will contact you 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."
To receive a group rate, reservations should be made at least two weeks prior to your visit.
Call (936) 878-2461, ext. 245 to ask questions.
After making an adult group tour reservation, please DOWNLOAD our INFORMATION PACKET, which includes maps, a welcome letter, and brochure, before your group travels to Washington-on-the-Brazos.
There are currently no restaurant vendors within the Park, however, snacks and drinks are available in the Gift Shop. The pecan grove near the river offers twenty-six free picnic sites and two covered rental picnic pavilions, with a capacity of either 50 or 100. The pavilions may be reserved by calling (512) 389-8900.
No food or drinks are allowed inside the Museum, Visitor's Center, Independence Hall, or Barrington Farm. Please help us preserve and protect the integrity of this historic site!
Washington on the Brazos is pet-friendly, and you are welcome to explore the park grounds with your pets. However, for the safety and consideration of our other visitors, pets are NOT permitted inside the museum or at the Barrington Living History Farm site. Park grounds are open 8:00 a.m. to sundown daily, year round.