Commemorating the location where, in 1823, Stephen F. Austin established a headquarters for his colony in Mexican Texas, San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site and museum share the stories of early settlers in this region. Today, visitors can walk in the footsteps of these early pioneers at what was the social, economic, and political center of American immigration to Texas before independence. San Felipe de Austin didn't survive the war for Texas independence—it was burned by its own residents as they evacuated during the Runaway Scrape of 1836.

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220 2nd St. (Mailing: P.O. Box 17) 
San Felipe, TX 77473 
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Wednesday to Sunday 
9 a.m.–5 p.m. 

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Adult $10
Senior/Veteran/Teacher/First Responder $8
Child (6-17) $5
Child (5 and under) Free
Family (2 adults & 1 child) $22, each additional child $1

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Public Tours  
Special Events  
School Programs  

Visitor watching a cooking demonstration at San Felipe de Austin

Plan Your Visit

Our state-of-the-art museum has many exhibits such as a field desk that belonged to Stephen F. Austin, an 1830s printing press, and many artifacts recovered during archeological excavations.

Canon being fired at San Felipe de Austin

San Felipe de Austin History

San Felipe de Austin was founded in 1823 by Stephen F. Austin as the capital of his colony.

Reenactor demonstrating school activities at San Felipe de Austin

School Tours

Our site provides several customized guided tours for adults, schools, and homeschool groups.

Visitors outside the hotel at Villa de Austin at San Felipe de Austin

Group Tours

We provide guided tours for groups of 10 or more adults by advanced registration during our normal operating hours.

Map plaza at San Felipe de Austin

Private Event Rentals

We can host events ranging from birthday parties to family reunions, to weddings and more.

Events at San Felipe de Austin

Image of paper cows with a sign post about the June 1 cattle and branding program at San Felipe de Austin State Historical Site on June 1

Cows and Branding

Learn about branding and cattle in San Felipe de Austin. After you determine what your brand should be, color and cut out a cow to take home!

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Public Guided Tour: First Sunday of the Month in June, July, & August

Please join us the first Sunday of every month this summer for a public guided tour of our museum gallery beginning at 2pm!

Image of a cast iron press in a museum gallery with illustrations of two men working in a print shop on the back wall

Second Saturdays with Steve: Enslaved and Free Black Citizens in San Felipe de Austin

Join us Saturday, June 8th at 12:30pm in the Stephen F. Austin State Park Nature Center (located one mile west of San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site) for a program discussing a few of many enslaved and free black citizens living in the town 200 years ago.

San Felipe de Austin in the Blog

The Descendants of Austin's Old 300

The Descendants of Austin's Old 300 held its first meeting on June 27, 1987 at the Stephen F. Austin State Park in San Felipe, underneath the oak tree where the bench now sits. Their main objective was, and still is, to inspire current and succeeding generations to preserve memories of the spirit, courage, and character of the men and women who came to Texas as part of Stephen F. Austin's first colony. This is the reason the organization has donated the benches at San Felipe de Austin and at Freedom Park in West Columbia.

Buried Treasure: The Texas Navy with Author James P. Bevill

Award-winning author James P. Bevill shared this colorful and intriguing story of the newly discovered military insignia of the First Texas Navy with San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site in a webinar as part of San Felipe's History at Night Webinar Series.

Visit Eight State Historic Sites to Experience the Republic of Texas Era

Step back in time and experience the period of the Texas Republic in person or virtually at one of these Texas Historical Commission state historic sites.