Texas Tropical Trail Region

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

Edinburg: Museum of South Texas History

Photo by Valerie D. Bates


The history of South Texas runs deep and wide, challenging the best of institutions to explore the region's entire dramatic arc. Edinburg's Museum of South Texas History succeeds in mastering the challenge by educating and entertaining all at once, preserving and exhibiting a significant span of our Rio Grande Valley heritage through its creative museum experience. Begin with mammoth bones and conclude with Tejano tunes in this expansive edifice to our South Texas legacy. With over 22,000-square feet of exhibition space, the museum can afford to spread out, filling walls, display cases, and dioramas with authentic and replica artifacts from the past. The museum blends South Texas and northern Mexico together under one roof, exploring centuries of interconnectivity between the two regions. The museum's premiere exhibition, "Rio Grande Legacy," guides visitors through time using state-of-the-art multimedia, combining sights and sounds to create a totally immersive experience. Two film theaters, one within the bow of a steamboat and the other inside a packing shed beyond a train station (all replicas, of course), conclude the two-part exhibition, an interpretive presentation that provides a world-class experience inside one of our best Rio Grande Valley museums.

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  • 200 North Closner Blvd
  • Edinburg, Texas
  • 78541


Hours & Fees

  • Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and  Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Closed holidays.

  • Adult: $7, Seniors / Active military / Students: $5, Ages 4-12: $4.00, Ages 3 and under: Free. (Saturday free admission 10 a.m.-12 p.m.)