Texas Tropical Trail Region

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

San Benito: Texas Conjunto Music Hall of Fame and Museum

This museum chronicles the evolution of Conjunto, an early form of Tejano or “Tex-Mex” music. European, Mexican and American music merged in the early 1900s as working-class musicians on both sides of the border played the accordion and the bajo sexto (12-string guitar) in a style dubbed Conjunto (Spanish for “group”). Players such as Narciso Martinez, Santiago Almeida, Santiago Jimenez, Sr. and Valerio Longoria made the music popular across South Texas and beyond.

Watch the video below to learn more about Hispanic Cultures in Texas. This video was produced for inclusion in the Hispanic Texans mobile tour, more information about which may be found on our Hispanic heritage page at the following link:


  • 210 East Heywood
  • San Benito, Texas
  • 78586


Hours & Fees

  • Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

  • Adults: $3, Ages 12 and under: $1.50
    Admission also includes the San Benito History Museum and the Freddy Fender Museum.


Texas Conjunto Music Hall of Fame 2005 Induction Ceremony, Enrique Vela
Donor: Texas Conjunto Music Hall of Fame and Museum
Sound | 2005
Film courtesy Texas Archive of the Moving Image

This footage from the Texas Conjunto Music Hall of Fame and Museum captures scenes of the 2005 induction ceremony honoring Santiago Jimenez Jr., Ricardo Guzman, Santiago Almeida, Enrique Vela, and Paco Betancourt. In this segment, Rosa and Joe Perez, hosts of radio show “North of the Border,” introduce inductee Enrique Vela, who then accepts the award. This excerpt is from a complete taping of the 2005 Induction Ceremony