Does your budding fashion designer need some design ideas for their next big line of couture? Take them to Brownsville and let them loose in the Costumes of the Americas Museum, a brilliant collection of authentic North, Central, and South American indigenous clothing and accessories. Archived in the Mitte Cultural Education Center near downtown Brownsville, the museum houses beautiful examples of hand-worked beading, embroidery, weaving, and dyeing in classic and historic costuming like the Papantla’s ceremonial dress from Veracruz, the huipil from Oaxaca, and a glittering Brazilian Samba costume called “The Butterfly”.
The museum opened in 2005 courtesy of members of the Brownsville chapter of the Pan American Round Table Movement, a non-political, non-sectarian organization established in the early 1900s by Florence Terry Griswold, a bilingual Texan determined to promote friendliness and understanding among the women of the Western Hemisphere. The collection is considered one of the largest of its kind and the curatorial efforts of its staff, all unpaid volunteers, help preserve the art, culture, history, traditions, legends, folklore, and crafts of the people of the Americas.
Tuesday-Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m.-4 p.m.
Ages 10 and over: $2, Ages 9 and under: Free
Map & Directions
Driving South on U.S. 77/83, take the 6th Street exit. Veer to the right, traveling along 6th Street towards the Gladys Porter Zoo. Turn right onto Ringgold Street and make a 2nd right turn on Dean Porter Drive. Enter the second gated entrance to the left from Dean Porter Drive. Follow the park road until it dead ends at the resaca. Turn left and follow the park road to the Mitte Cultural Education Center which houses both the Costumes of the Americas Museum and the Children's Museum of Brownsville. The entrance to the Costumes of the Americas Museum faces the Dean Porter Park Plaza Fountain.