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The Star of the Republic Museum Preserves Texas History

September 30th, 2014 by Pamela Murski

Star of the Republic MuseumWe are proud of our history here in Washington County TX. When you’re the birthplace of the great state of Texas, it can be difficult to stay humble, but we do our best. Our favorite way to celebrate our historic past is sharing it with our guests! Visitors come to Brenham from near and far to learn about Texas history. Those who have grown up in our fine state and those who are first timers love to hear about the people, places and events that shaped the character of Texas as we know it today. That’s where the Star of the Republic Museum comes into play. The Star of the Republic Museum preserves Texas history and depicts the saga of the Texas Republic.

The Texas Republic

On March 2, 1836, 59 delegates gathered at Washington-on-the-Brazos to declare Texas’ independence from Mexico. The Republic of Texas proudly but precariously existed as a separate and unique nation from 1836 to 1846 until the state of Texas became a part of the Union. During this 10 year period, there were fascinating stories of the politics, military history, social and cultural heritage of the unique people who came together to create the Texas Republic. The Star of the Republic Museum was established on the site where Texas’ independence was declared and these compelling stories began.

The Star of the Republic Museum

In the shape of a star, The Star of the Republic Museum is a two-story, 22,000-square-foot facility built in 1969. The museum opened in 1970 and originally featured collections of Texas furniture, decorative arts and documents. From 1977-1987, the museum began to concentrate on installing more permanent exhibits. Today, the museum comprehensively interprets the Republic of Texas through exhibits, media programs and collections. Exhibits detail the development of the republic, immigration, social life, politics, military matters, agriculture and commerce throughout the unique 10-year period of Texas’ independence.

What to See at the Museum

The Star of the Republic Museum has many fascinating exhibits to see. Our guests have told us they particularly enjoyed the hologram exhibit where the people of the Texas Republic come to life as their holographic faces share stories outlining what the life and times were like in early Texas. Visitors also like the timeline exhibit between the first and second floors of the museum where one can understand the context of events happening in Texas compared to events happening throughout the United States and the world at the same time. Children, in particular, love the interactive displays on the second floor of the museum where they can learn about daily life in the Republic of Texas.

Your historical journey to Washington County TX wouldn’t be complete without a stay at our Brenham bed and breakfast. Murski Homestead is the epitome of true Texas hospitality. We offer a unique guest ranch experience in a scenic countryside setting. All of our guests enjoy our made from scratch, full Texas breakfast and can also choose to take advantage of one of our cooking classes to learn how to cook true Texas cuisine. One of our four well-appointed guest rooms will keep you comfortable and relaxed along with our unique, outdoor spa. Book your stay at Murski Homestead today!


Photo courtesy of Matt Turner.

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