Texas Tropical Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

Mission: Mission Historical Museum

Photo by Valerie D. Bates

In the early 1900s, Corpus Christi land developer John Harry Shary, turned Mission into the home of the Texas sweet grapefruit. Since 1932, Mission has celebrated its favorite fruit with the annual Texas Citrus Fiesta. The legacy of Shary and the fiesta are colorfully retold at the Mission Historical Museum, housed in Shary’s 1939 offi ce building. Displays feature historic photos and a rare example of festival costumes made from citrus products. Other exhibits cover ranching, education, home life and local notables including Mission native and legendary Dallas Cowboys football coach Tom Landry.


  • 900 Doherty Avenue
  • Mission, Texas
  • 78572


Hours & Fees

  • Tue-Fri 10 am-5 pm, Sat 10am-2pm, Closed major holidays

  • Free